When the Atlanta Dream drafted Texas A&M Guard Chennedy Carter with the fourth overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, they were going to allow her to develop behind a very good group of guards. The Dream already had Renee Montgomery, Tiffany Hayes and they acquired former all-star Courtney Williams on the roster, so the need for Carter to make a day one impact was not pressing.
In a five day span, the entire Dream backcourt situation changed dramatically. On June 18th, Montgomery decided to sit out the season in order to focus on social justice reform in America.
So, Atlanta’s starting point guard from last season was not going to be with the team in Florida. Then on June 23rd, Hayes said that she would be opting out of the season and would rejoin the team in 2021.
For the league’s worst scoring team at 71.2 points per game, losing top two returning scorers and two women that average almost six assists a game combined left 2018 WNBA Coach of the Year Nikki Collen with some interesting decisions on her shortened 10 player roster.
That’s going to mean heightened responsibility for Chennedy Carter.
“She is someone who is frankly impossible from keeping away from touching the paint, there isn’t a guard in this league except for one that is retired in Alana Beard who could keep her from getting into the paint on every possession” said Collen.
Carter averaged 22.5 points per game over her three year career in College Station, becoming the only woman in Texas A&M history to be named an All-American in each of her first three consecutive seasons. She was also the national Freshman of the Year in the 2017-2018 season. That was the first time the award was won by a Texas A & M player.
Carter should receive not only consistent minutes but she’s slated to be the starting lineup as the Dream begins their season on July 26th against the Dallas Wings. Even though she’s a talented scorer, Carter will see the majority of her minutes as the starting point guard. She averaged over four assists a game during her college career.
With a shortened and condensed season, Carter will have every chance to establish herself not only this season but for the foreseeable future.