Midseason Checkup: Atlanta Dream

The Atlanta Dream will have reached the mid season point of their schedule when they host the Storm. How have the Dream fared so far through the first half of the season?

The new look Atlanta Dream have reached the midseason point of their schedule. The Dream has faced injuries and poor shooting nights through the first half of the season and their record is reflective of it. How have the Dream fared through the first half of their schedule under new head coach Nicki Collen? Let's take a closer look.

Through games played through July 3rd, the Dream team stats are the following:

  • Last place in scoring with 75.0 points per game
  • Fifth in rebounds with 35.8 rebounds per game
  • Last place in assists with 16.4 assists per game
  • Third in blocks with 4.9 blocks per game
  • Second in steals with 7.8 steals per game
  • Fourth in turnovers with 14.5 turnovers per game

The Dream's defensive team stats are as follows:

  • The Dream allow opponents to score 78.9 points per game which is the third lowest in the league
  • The Dream allow opponents to grab 37.8 rebounds per game which is the highest in the league
  • The Dream cause 16.1 turnovers per game along with the Los Angeles Sparks which is first in the league
  • The Dream cause opponents to shoot just 41.8% FG per game, which is tied with the Phoenix Mercury for first place
  • The Dream only allows opponents to shoot just 31.3% from three, which is second in the league.

There are more stats to look at it, but just by a quick glance, it is obvious that the Dream need help in scoring the ball but their defense remains top notch and that is what has allowed the Dream to get back into games.

Dream Players Stats

With the return of superstar Angel McCoughtry, how do her stats rack up against the rest of the Dream players?

Well, Angel McCoughtry is currently second in scoring with 16.8 points per game, while her teammate Tiffany Hayes is first with 17.0 points per game.

Only four players (Angel McCoughtry, Renee Montgomery, Jessica Breland and Layshia Claredon) have played in all of the games the Dream have played so far.

Jessica Breland leads all Dream players in rebounds with 8.0 rebounds per game. No player is currently averaging more than 4 assists per game and Renee Montgomery leads all players with 3.3 assists per game.

No player on the Dream averages more than 30 minutes per game and six players currently average 20 minutes per game. Layshia Clarendon is also pretty close, averaging just under 20 minutes with 18.4 minutes per game.

Schedule

The Dream faced a road-heavy schedule in the first half of the schedule and played 10 road games. They went 4-6 on the road. The Dream now gets a chance to move up in the standings as they sit in eighth place and have a home friendly schedule during the second half of the season.

Their best win was against the Seattle Storm in which they won by three on the road at Key Arena.

The Dream's worst loss was against the Indiana Fever on the road in which they were blown out by 32 points and gave the Indiana Fever their first win.

Atlanta Dream Overall Play

Coming into this season, the Dream were looking for a fresh start under new head coach Nicki Collen. They were also getting their superstar Angel McCoughtry back. At the halfway point, the Dream often struggle in terms of scoring the ball. They also missed key players at times while they were recovering from injuries and it hurt the Dream. In terms of their defense, it has been among the best in the league. Atlanta has been great defensively thanks to Elizabeth Williams, Jessica Breland and Angel McCoughtry. Those three stand out along with Tiffany Hayes because they've been disruptive on the defensive end of the floor.

However, that has not always translated into wins because Atlanta suffers from poor shooting in quarters and it has cost them dearly. They are .500 for now but they need to find ways to be more efficient offensively as a team in this second half of the season, otherwise, the Dream will be on the outside looking in.

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