Washington Mystics

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Washington Mystics
Basketball current event.svg 2024 Washington Mystics season
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Conference Eastern
Leagues WNBA
Founded1998;26 years ago (1998)
HistoryWashington Mystics
Arena Entertainment and Sports Arena
Location Washington, D.C.
Team colorsRed, navy blue, silver, white [1] [2] [3]
Main sponsor GEICO [4]
President Michael Winger
General manager Mike Thibault
Head coach Eric Thibault [5]
Assistant(s) LaToya Sanders (Associate HC)
Shelley Patterson
Ashlee McGee
Ownership Monumental Sports & Entertainment (Ted Leonsis)
Championships1 (2019)
Conference titles0 [lower-alpha 1]
Website mystics.wnba.com
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The Washington Mystics are an American professional basketball team based in Washington, D.C. The Mystics compete in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) as a member club of the league's Eastern Conference. The team was founded prior to the 1998 season, and is owned by Ted Leonsis through Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which also owns the Mystics' NBA counterpart, the Washington Wizards. The team plays in the Entertainment and Sports Arena in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington DC. Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of BET and ex-wife of Charlotte Sting owner Robert L. Johnson, is the managing partner. [6]


The Mystics have qualified for the WNBA Playoffs in 13 of its 23 seasons of existence, and the franchise has been home to such high-quality players as two-time WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne, Tennessee standout Chamique Holdsclaw, athletic shooting guard Alana Beard, and nearby Maryland product Crystal Langhorne. Until 2018, the Mystics were the only current WNBA franchise that had never made it to the WNBA Finals. They lost in the semifinals twice, to New York in 2002 and to the eventual champion Minnesota Lynx in 2017. After reaching the WNBA Finals for the first time in 2018, they won their first championship in 2019.

Franchise history


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Logo from 1998 to 2010

The Washington Mystics were one of the first WNBA expansion franchises to be established. In 1998, their first season, they finished with a WNBA worst 3–27 record, despite being led by Olympian Nikki McCray. Although they did not make the playoffs that year, the team had high expectations after drafting University of Tennessee star Chamique Holdsclaw in 1999. Washington improved but again failed to make the playoffs as they finished with a 12–20 record. Holdsclaw would lead the team to the playoffs in 2000, making the playoffs with a record of 14–18, losing to the New York Liberty in a first-round sweep.

After being tied for the worst record in the WNBA in 2001 with a 10–22 record, coach Tom Maher and General Manager Melissa McFerrin both resigned. With the future of the franchise up in the air, Mystics assistant coach Marianne Stanley took over as head coach. With the duo of Holdsclaw and rookie guard Stacey Dales-Schuman, the Mystics made the playoffs in 2002 with a 17–15 record. They would sweep the Charlotte Sting in the first round, but lose to New York again in the Eastern Conference Finals 2 games to 1. This would be the only time the Mystics would win a playoff series until 2017.

In 2003, the Mystics would make a franchise second-worst record in franchise history with a 9–25 record, last in the Eastern Conference.

Rumors of Holdsclaw being unhappy playing in Washington came to a head in 2004 when the Mystics star was sidelined with an unspecified ailment, later revealed to be a bout with depression. With their all-star out, rookie and Duke University standout Alana Beard led a depleted Mystics team to a surprising playoff appearance, the third in Mystics history. They finished the 2004 season at 17–17, but lost in the first round to the Connecticut Sun in 3 games.

Changes in the organization (2005–2007)

The 2005 season saw deep changes in the Mystics organization. Former star Holdsclaw joined the Los Angeles Sparks and the team was sold by Washington Sports and Entertainment to Lincoln Holdings LLC, led by Ted Leonsis. [7] In 2005, the team finished the regular season with a record of 16–18 and failed to make the playoffs.

In 2006, the Mystics posted an 18–16 record thriving under star guard Alana Beard who was drafted in 2004. The Mystics entered the playoffs as the 4th seed. In the first round, Washington was ultimately swept by the Connecticut Sun, the first-seeded team in the East.

The Mystics finished with a 16–18 record in 2007. In a more competitive conference, the team was satisfied by its near-.500 finish. However, at the end of the season, the Mystics had the same record as the New York Liberty. Since the Liberty won the regular-season series against the Mystics, Washington lost the tiebreaker and was eliminated from playoff contention.

At the bottom yet again (2008)

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Crystal Langhorne in 2011

In 2008, the Mystics looked to build on their near-playoff appearance in a tough Eastern Conference. They drafted Crystal Langhorne of Maryland with the 6th pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. Plagues again by coaches problems, the Mystics fell to the bottom of the East again, finishing only in front of the expansion Atlanta team. The Mystics had gone through 10 coaches in 11 years of existence, the most in the WNBA. The Mystics front office knew it needed to completely clean out the entire coaching and management staff.

Changes, part two (2009–2012)

During the 2008/2009 WNBA off-season, the Mystics released general manager Linda Hargrove (replaced by Angela Taylor) and interim coach Jessie Kenlaw (replaced by Julie Plank). Under the new general manager, underperforming players were waived as new players were signed. With the second pick in the Houston dispersal draft and the 2009 WNBA draft, the Mystics selected Matee Ajavon and Marissa Coleman, respectively. The Mystics hoped to take advantage of the team changes and finally find consistency in their play.

By the time the season began, the Mystics surprisingly started 3–0. They went 13–18 since the first three games, but their 16–18 record was good enough to reach the playoffs. However, in their playoff comeback, the eventual conference champion Indiana Fever was too much for Washington to handle and the Mystics were swept in the first round. This would be the final season Alana Beard played a game for the Mystics, as she suffered two season-ending injuries in the 2009 and 2010 offseasons, respectively.

The Mystics had their best season ever in 2010. Led by Lindsey Harding, Katie Smith, and Crystal Langhorne, the Mystics took first place in the East with a record of 22–12. However, despite holding a 3–1 edge in regular-season games, they were swept in the first round, including a 24-point blowout in the elimination game, by the eventual WNBA Finals runner-up, the Atlanta Dream.

Prior to the 2011 season, the Mystics made many controversial changes. Coming off their best season in franchise history, many had hoped the team would finally see some consistency; this was not the case. General manager Angela Taylor could not reach an agreement on a new contract and after head coach Julie Plank refused a request to handle both coach and GM duties which was reported as a cost-cutting measure, Mystics assistant coach Trudi Lacey was named to both positions. [8] When asked if the departure of Plank and Taylor was one of the mistakes she said she had learned from at the 2012 WNBA draft lottery, Mystics owner Sheila Johnson said she couldn't discuss that matter, citing ongoing "human resource issues". [9] After the coach/GM change Harding and Smith both demanded trades to specific teams which were granted (to Atlanta and Seattle, respectively). [10] [11] [12] [13] In addition, starting small forward Monique Currie tore her ACL while playing in Europe in January and was lost for most of the WNBA season. [14] As a result of this off-season turmoil, the Mystics record in 2011 fell to 6–28 from 22-12 the year before. Alana Beard also left in free agency, leaving Crystal Langhorne at center and not much else.

After an even worse season in 2012 (5–29), Trudi Lacey was fired as the Mystics coach and GM. [15] Although having the best odds of the four teams involved in the lottery held on September 26, 2012 for the 2013 WNBA draft, the Mystics ended up with the 4th pick, missing out on drafting one of the three highly touted players available in the 2013 WNBA draft; which was Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins. [16]

Rebuilding, a bright future (2013–2016)

Despite missing out on a top 3 draft pick, the Mystics remained positive and continued their rebuilding phase while adding some young talent with future potential to their roster. Prior to the 2013 WNBA season, the Mystics drafted Tayler Hill and Emma Meesseman in the 2013 WNBA draft. After the firing of Trudi Lacey, the Mystics hired Mike Thibault as their new head coach and GM.

In the 2013 WNBA season, the Mystics were 17-17 and made the playoffs losing in the first round. [17]

Prior to the 2014 WNBA season, the Mystics drafted Bria Hartley and Stefanie Dolson in the 2014 WNBA draft. In the 2014 WNBA season, Meesseman became the starting center for the Mystics. They finished 16-18 and made the playoffs but lost in the first round yet again. [18]

In the 2015 WNBA season the Mystics made a change in their starting line-up by putting Dolson at center and Meesseman at power forward. The Big-women duo would have breakout seasons as they both were selected into the 2015 WNBA All-Star Game. Later on, in the season, the Mystics finished 18-16 and made the playoffs, but were once again a first-round exit. [19]

Going into the 2016 WNBA season, the Mystics kept acquiring and developing young talent. They drafted Kahleah Copper in the 2016 WNBA draft and put Hill in the starting line-up. Hill would have a breakout season, leading the Mystics in scoring with a career-high 15.4 ppg and was second place in voting for the WNBA Most Improved Player award. The Mystics would unfortunately not make the playoffs, finishing with a disappointing 13–21 record but showed signs of promise in the future. Meesseman continued to improve after her breakout season, averaging a career-high 15.2 ppg. Also on September 7, 2016, the Mystics scored a franchise record of 118 points along with 16 three-pointers (another franchise record) in a 118–81 victory over the Chicago Sky. [20]

On September 28, 2016, they won the second overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft. [21]

The Delle Donne era (2017–present)

During the 2016–17 off-season, the Mystics were busy in the trade market. With enough trade assets, they were determined to make a trade for a superstar player. First, on January 30, the team executed a three-way deal with the New York Liberty and Seattle Storm, sending Bria Hartley and Kia Vaughn to the Liberty and receiving the Storm's #6 pick in the 2017 draft. [22] This proved the prelude to an even larger deal as it freed up cap space to land a superstar on their team. Officially announced on February 2, the Mystics traded Kahleah Copper, Stefanie Dolson and the second overall pick in the 2017 WNBA draft to the Chicago Sky in exchange for 2015 league MVP Elena Delle Donne. [23] Also during the off-season in free agency they would sign three-point specialist Kristi Toliver (who had just won a championship with the Los Angeles Sparks in the previous season), upgrading their roster into a championship contender. [24] However, with Meesseman missing some games due to overseas commitment, and Tayler Hill out with a torn ACL midway through the season, the Mystics were the number 6 seed in the league with an 18–16 record. The Mystics defeated the Dallas Wings 86–76 in the first round elimination game. In the second round elimination game, the Mystics defeated the New York Liberty 82–68, advancing past the second round for the first time in franchise history, coming off a record-setting performance by Toliver, as she drained 9 three-pointers in the win. In the semi-finals, the Mystics were defeated by the Minnesota Lynx in a 3-game sweep, who would go on to win the 2017 WNBA championship.

In the 2018 WNBA season, the Mystics played without their starting power forward Emma Meesseman, who played for Team Belgium in the FIBA World Tournament. The Mystics made some adjustments in their starting lineup to compensate for her absence. One month into the season, Tayler Hill made her return to the team after recovering from her ACL injury, but she was traded a month later to the Dallas Wings in exchange for Aerial Powers. That trade helped the Mystics boost their roster's wing depth. The Mystics finished as the #3 seed in the league with a 22–12 record, receiving a bye to the second round. In the second-round elimination game, they defeated the Los Angeles Sparks 96–64, advancing to the semifinals for the second year in a row. In the semifinals, the Mystics defeated the #2 seeded Atlanta Dream in an intense five-game series, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. In the finals, they were swept by the Seattle Storm.

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The Mystics moved to the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southeast D.C. in 2019.

Meesseman returned in the 2019 WNBA season, and her return powered the Mystics towards achieving an unprecedented regular season record of 26–8, leading the entire league in total wins and losses and earning them the top spot in the playoffs. With a dogged determination to come back to the Finals and high hopes that a Finals title would at last be within their grasp, the Mystics began their playoff run skipping the two single-elimination rounds to a semifinal series against the Las Vegas Aces, just more than a year after Washington and Las Vegas's NHL teams, the Capitals and the Golden Knights, competed in the 2018 Stanley Cup Finals with the former emerging victorious. The Mystics held off the Aces on the first two home games for an insurmountable 2–0 series lead, before finishing them off in Game 4 after the Aces made a desperate bid to extend the series with a Game 3 defeat. The Mystics then returned to the Finals against the Connecticut Sun, a team that had the second-best record in the regular season that was no less hungry for a championship, having come a win short of one before. This time, the Mystics prevailed through five intense games, by winning the odd-numbered ones and losing the even-numbered ones, with the availability and health of playoffs MVP Elena Delle Donne becoming a crucial factor in the outcome. The Sun were able to tie the series twice by exploiting Donne's early exit in Game 2 due to a back injury, then drawing upon unrelenting resolve and willingness to learn from mistakes after a Game 3 loss to deny the Mystics an opportunity to close the series early on their home court. The Mystics finally earned their first-ever championship by erasing multiple deficits in the final tiebreaker game, before breaking through in the crucial final quarter to hold on to an 89–78 victory. Meesseman was honored as the Finals MVP.


Attendance leaders

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Capital One Arena, former home of the Mystics, photographed in 2007

The Washington Mystics led the WNBA in home attendance in the years 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2009. [26] To celebrate the fans turning out for games, six banners were hung from the Verizon Center rafters celebrating each year the Mystics were "Attendance Champions."

The banners were mocked for years [27] [28] [29] [30] before Ted Leonsis, CEO of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, announced in a 2010 blog that the banners would be taken down, reasoning that the "only banners we should display revolve around winning a division or conference or league championship." [31]

The Mystics are now highly unlikely to lead the WNBA in attendance, since their current home of the Entertainment and Sports Arena seats only 4,200. It was the league's smallest arena during the 2019 season, the Mystics' first in the facility. For the 2020 season, the ESA was to be the WNBA's second-smallest arena following the offseason move of the Atlanta Dream to the 3,500-seat Gateway Center Arena, but instead had to play in Bradenton, FL. That had to be deferred to 2021.

Season-by-season records

SeasonTeamConferenceRegular season Playoff Results Head coach
Washington Mystics
1998 1998 East 5th327.100Did not qualify J. Lewis (2–16)
C. Parson (1–11)
1999 1999 East 5th1220.375Did not qualify Nancy Darsch
2000 2000 East 4th1418.438Lost Conference Semifinals (New York, 0–2) N. Darsch (9–11)
D. Walker (5–7)
2001 2001 East 8th1022.313Did not qualify Tom Maher
2002 2002 East 3rd1715.531Won Conference Semifinals (Charlotte, 2–0)
Lost Conference Finals (New York, 1–2)
Marianne Stanley
2003 2003 East 7th925.265Did not qualify Marianne Stanley
2004 2004 East 4th1717.500Lost Conference Semifinals (Connecticut, 1–2) Michael Adams
2005 2005 East 5th1618.471Did not qualify Richie Adubato
2006 2006 East 4th1816.529Lost Conference Semifinals (Connecticut, 0–2) Richie Adubato
2007 2007 East 5th1618.471Did not qualify R. Adubato (0–4)
T. Rollins (16–14)
2008 2008 East 6th1024.294Did not qualify T. Rollins (8–14)
J. Kenlaw (2–10)
2009 2009 East 4th1618.471Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 0–2) Julie Plank
2010 2010 East 1st2212.647Lost Conference Semifinals (Atlanta, 0–2) Julie Plank
2011 2011 East 6th628.176Did not qualify Trudi Lacey
2012 2012 East 6th529.147Did not qualify Trudi Lacey
2013 2013 East 3rd1717.500Lost Conference Semifinals (Atlanta, 1–2) Mike Thibault
2014 2014 East 3rd1618.471Lost Conference Semifinals (Indiana, 0–2) Mike Thibault
2015 2015 East 4th1816.529Lost Conference Semifinals (New York, 1–2) Mike Thibault
2016 2016 East 6th1321.382Did not qualify Mike Thibault
2017 2017 East 3rd1816.529Won First Round (Dallas, 1–0)
Won Second Round (New York, 1–0)
Lost WNBA Semifinals (Minnesota, 0–3)
Mike Thibault
2018 2018 East 2nd2212.647Won Second Round (Los Angeles, 1–0)
Won WNBA Semifinals (Atlanta, 3–2)
Lost WNBA Finals (Seattle, 0–3)
Mike Thibault
2019 2019 East 1st268.765Won WNBA Semifinals (Las Vegas, 3–1)
Won WNBA Finals (Connecticut, 3–2)
Mike Thibault
2020 2020 East 3rd913.409Lost First Round (Phoenix, 01) Mike Thibault
2021 2021 East 4th1220.375Did not qualify Mike Thibault
2022 2022 East 3rd2214.611Lost First Round (Seattle, 02) Mike Thibault
2023 2023 East 4th1921.475Lost First Round (New York, 02) Eric Thibault
Regular season383483.4422 Conference Championships
Playoffs1834.3461 WNBA Championship


Current roster

G 7 Flag of the United States.svg Atkins, Ariel 5' 8" (1.73m)167 lb (76kg)1996-07-30 Texas 6
F/C 0 Flag of the United States.svg Austin, Shakira 6' 5" (1.96m)190 lb (86kg)2000-07-25 Mississippi 2
C 31 Flag of the United States.svg Dolson, Stefanie 6' 5" (1.96m)235 lb (107kg)1992-01-08 Connecticut 10
F 24 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Edwards, Aaliyah 6' 3" (1.91m)2002-07-09 Connecticut R
F 21 Flag of the United States.svg Engstler, Emily 6' 1" (1.85m)180 lb (82kg)2000-05-01 Louisville 2
F 2 Flag of the United States.svg Hines-Allen, Myisha 6' 1" (1.85m)200 lb (91kg)1996-05-30 Louisville 6
G 5 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Melbourne, Jade 5' 11" (1.8m)145 lb (66kg)2022-08-18 Australia 1
G/F 12 Flag of the United States.svg Richards, DiDi 6' 2" (1.88m)164 lb (74kg)1999-02-08 Baylor 2
G 44 Flag of the United States.svg Samuelson, Karlie 6' 0" (1.83m)160 lb (73kg)1995-05-10 Stanford 5
G 15 Flag of the United States.svg Sykes, Brittney 5' 9" (1.75m)154 lb (70kg)1994-02-07 Syracuse 7
G 35 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Vanloo, Julie 5' 8" (1.73m)1993-02-10 Belgium R
G 32 Flag of the United States.svg Walker-Kimbrough, Shatori 5' 9" (1.75m)140 lb (64kg)1995-05-18 Maryland 7
Head coach
Flag of the United States.svg Eric Thibault (Missouri)
Assistant coaches
Flag of the United States.svg LaToya Sanders (North Carolina)
Flag of the United States.svg Shelley Patterson (Washington State)
Flag of the United States.svg Ashlee McGee (Austin Peay)
Athletic trainer
Flag of the United States.svg Christina Kennedy

  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured

  WNBA roster page

Other rights owned

NationalityNameYears proLast playedDrafted
Flag of Serbia.svg Sara Krnjić 0N/A 2011
Flag of Serbia.svg Jelena Milovanović 1 2014 2009

Former players

Coaches and staff


Head coaches

Washington Mystics head coaches
NameStartEndSeasonsRegular seasonPlayoffs
Jim Lewis December 29, 1997July 24, 19981216.11118000
Cathy Parson July 24, 1998end of 1998 1111.08312000
Nancy Darsch February 18, 1999July 14, 200022131.40452000
Darrell Walker July 14, 2000end of 2000 157.4171202.0002
Tom Maher December 21, 2000January 4, 200211022.31332000
Marianne Stanley April 5, 2002January 21, 200422640.3946632.6005
Michael Adams February 17, 2004April 15, 200511717.5003412.3333
Richie Adubato April 21, 2005June 1, 200733438.4727202.0002
Tree Rollins June 1, 2007July 19, 200822428.46252000
Jessie Kenlaw July 19, 2008end of 2008 1210.16712000
Julie Plank November 6, 2008November 1, 201023830.5596804.0004
Trudi Lacey November 1, 2010September 24, 201221157.16268000
Mike Thibault December 18, 2012November 15, 202210174155.5293291420.41224
Eric Thibault November 15, 2022Current11921.4750000

General managers

Assistant coaches


Washington Mystics statistics
SeasonIndividualTeam vs Opponents
2020 M. Hines-Allen (17.0) M. Hines-Allen (8.9) L. Mitchell (5.4)80.0 vs 81.531.5 vs 34.7.433 vs .464
2021 T. Charles (23.4) T. Charles (9.6) N. Cloud (6.4)79.8 vs 83.633.3 vs 36.8.410 vs .463
2022 E. Delle Donne (17.2) S. Austin (6.5) N. Cloud (7.0)80.2 vs 75.934.9 vs 33.1.439 vs .430
2023 E. Delle Donne (16.7) S. Austin (7.0) N. Cloud (6.2)80.5 vs 80.932.3 vs 35.9.428 vs .436

Media coverage

All Mystics game are broadcast on NBC Sports Washington and online through the Monumental Sports Network. [32] Broadcasters for Mystics games are Meghan McPeak and Christy Winters Scott.

Some Mystics games are broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, Ion Television, CBS, CBS Sports Network and ABC. [33]

All-time notes

Regular season attendance

Regular season all-time attendance
YearAverageHighLowSelloutsTotal for yearWNBA game average
199815,910 (1st)20,67410,3641238,64710,869
199915,306 (1st)20,67411,0081244,88910,207
200015,258 (1st)19,09311,0701244,1349,074
200115,417 (2nd)19,09311,3021246,6679,075
200216,202 (1st)19,76614,0040259,2379,228
200314,042 (1st)19,68311,0520238,7108,800
200412,615 (1st)18,4368,7840214,4488,613
200510,089 (2nd)16,6546,0100171,5128,172
20067,662 (7th)15,1035,8920130,2557,476
20077,788 (8th)13,9976,1470132,3967,742
20089,096 (3rd)11,5176,1460154,6377,948
200911,338 (1st)17,2209,7380192,7478,039
20109,357 (3rd)14,3477,5470159,0657,834
201110,531 (1st)13,9547,0280177,6397,892
20128,639 (3rd)12,5695,9800146,8617,452
20137,838 (6th)14,4116,1740133,2427,531
20148,377 (4th)16,1175,8280142,4137,578
20157,710 (4th)17,1145,2620131,0767,184
20166,929 (8th)12,7784,4300117,7957,655
20177,771 (5th)15,5975,3200132,1127,716
20186,136 (8th)11,3544,139098,176 [lower-alpha 2] 6,721
20194,546 (10th)15,377 [lower-alpha 3] 2,347877,2886,535
2020Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was played in Bradenton, Florida without fans. [34] [35]
20212,183 (7th)3,1141,050032,7522,636
20223,983 (9th)7,431 [lower-alpha 4] 2,687971,6865,679
20234,391 (10th)14,406 [lower-alpha 5] 3,058887,8136,615
  1. The WNBA awarded conference championships to the winners of the Conference Finals in the playoffs from 1998 to 2015.
  2. The Mystics played only 16 home games instead of the expected 17. The Las Vegas Aces forfeited their August 3 game in Washington due to major travel disruptions.
  3. The Mystics played one 2019 home game at Capital One Arena.
  4. The Mystics played one 2022 home game at Capital One Arena.
  5. The Mystics played one 2023 home game at Capital One Arena.

Draft picks


  • 1999: Chamique Holdsclaw, Nikki McCray
  • 2000: Chamique Holdsclaw, Nikki McCray
  • 2001: Chamique Holdsclaw, Nikki McCray
  • 2002: Stacey Dales-Schuman, Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2003: Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2004: None
  • 2005: Alana Beard
  • 2006: Alana Beard
  • 2007: Alana Beard, Delisha Milton-Jones
  • 2008: No All-Star Game
  • 2009: Alana Beard
  • 2010: Monique Currie, Lindsey Harding, Crystal Langhorne
  • 2011: Crystal Langhorne
  • 2012: No All-Star Game
  • 2013: Crystal Langhorne, Ivory Latta
  • 2014: Ivory Latta
  • 2015: Stefanie Dolson, Emma Meesseman
  • 2016: No All-Star Game
  • 2017: Elena Delle Donne
  • 2018: Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver
  • 2019: Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver
  • 2020: No All-Star Game
  • 2021: Ariel Atkins, Tina Charles
  • 2022: Ariel Atkins
  • 2023: Elena Delle Donne


  • 2000: Nikki McCray, Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2016: Leilani Mitchell (AUS)
  • 2020: Ariel Atkins, Tina Charles, Leilani Mitchell (AUS)

Honors and awards

  • 1999Rookie of the Year: Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 1999All-WNBA Second Team: Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 1999Peak Performer (FG%): Murriel Page
  • 2000Peak Performer (FG%): Murriel Page
  • 2001All-WNBA Second Team: Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2002Coach of the Year: Marianne Stanley
  • 2002Most Improved Player: Coco Miller
  • 2002All-WNBA Second Team: Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2002Peak Performer (Scoring): Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2002Peak Performer (Rebounds): Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2003Peak Performer (Rebounds): Chamique Holdsclaw
  • 2005Rookie of the Year: Temeka Johnson
  • 2005All-Defensive Second Team: Alana Beard
  • 2005All-Rookie Team: Temeka Johnson
  • 2006All-WNBA Second Team: Alana Beard
  • 2006All-Defensive Second Team: Alana Beard
  • 2007All-Defensive First Team: Alana Beard
  • 2009Most Improved Player: Crystal Langhorne
  • 2009All-Defensive Second Team: Alana Beard
  • 2009All-Rookie Team: Marissa Coleman
  • 2010All-WNBA Second Team: Crystal Langhorne
  • 2010All-Defensive Second Team: Lindsey Harding
  • 2013Coach of the Year: Mike Thibault
  • 2014All-Rookie Team: Bria Hartley
  • 2017All-Rookie Team: Shatori Walker-Kimbrough
  • 2018All-WNBA First Team: Elena Delle Donne
  • 2018All-Rookie Team: Ariel Atkins
  • 2018All-Defensive Second Team: Ariel Atkins
  • 2019Most Valuable Player: Elena Delle Donne
  • 2019Finals MVP: Emma Meesseman
  • 2019All-WNBA First Team: Elena Delle Donne
  • 2019All-Defensive Second Team: Ariel Atkins
  • 2019All-Defensive Second Team: Natasha Cloud
  • 2020All-WNBA Second Team: Myisha Hines-Allen
  • 2020All-Defensive Second Team: Ariel Atkins
  • 2021Peak Performer (Points): Tina Charles
  • 2021All-Defensive Second Team: Ariel Atkins
  • 2021All-WNBA Second Team: Tina Charles
  • 2022All-Rookie Team: Shakira Austin
  • 2022All-Defensive First Team: Ariel Atkins
  • 2022All-Defensive First Team: Natasha Cloud
  • 2022Peak Performer (Assists): Natasha Cloud
  • 2023All-Defensive First Team: Brittney Sykes
  • 2023All-Rookie Team: Li Meng

Hall of Famers

FIBA Hall of Famers

Washington Mystics Hall of Famers
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