Unsung All-Stars 2018: Natasha Cloud, Washington Mystics

A summary of why Natasha Cloud of the Washington Mystics deserves a spot on the 2018 WNBA All-Star team.

To read the complete list of the 2018 Unsung WNBA All-Stars, click here

Who is Natasha Cloud?

Natasha Cloud is in her fourth season in the WNBA. She was drafted in the second round (15th overall) by the Washington Mystics in 2015 from Saint Joseph’s University. She wears #9 for Washington.

You can follow her on Twitter.

What is her playing position?

Cloud is formally listed as a 6’0” guard. She can play the point guard, shooting guard (“2 guard”), and small forward positions.  

Why should she be an All-Star?

It’s easy to get lost on a team that boasts players like Elena Delle Donne, Monique Currie, Kristi Toliver, and standout rookie Ariel Atkins. Yet Cloud has consistently provided clutch play for the Mystics this season, especially in the absence of Delle Donne and Tayler Hill earlier this season. Cloud not only provides superior defense (she averages 3.4 rebounds per game) but also shoots 44% from field-goal range. Her shooting can be streaky at times, but Cloud somehow comes up with the right shot at the right time.

She is capable of having breakout games, such as the one against the New York Liberty on July 5. Cloud does her best work coming off the bench, but she functions well as a starter when needed. While she may not be a high scorer, she does what she needs to do to put her teammates in positions for success -- which her teammates and coach greatly appreciate. Cloud is all business on the court, but she never misses an opportunity to add levity to a situation -- such as a game delay.

Cast your WNBA All-Star votes now!

The voting period ends July 12. You can vote by:

  • Downloading the WNBA app (it’s free, for both iOS and Android)  and casting your vote for Faulkner under the All-Star tab on the left-hand menu (you can only vote once per 24 hours)
  • Going to the WNBA All-Star player page on the WNBA website and vote for Cloud there (you can only vote once per 24 hours)
  • Tweet Natasha Cloud #WNBAVote (1 player per tweet; 10 tweets per Twitter handle, per day. Each tweet must be for a different player.)


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