In an exciting turn of events for Native WNBA fans, All-Star former Atlanta Dream point guard Shoni Schimmel is headed to Iroquois territory after being traded to the New York Liberty. Schimmel was acquired from the Dream for a second-round draft pick, team president Isiah Thomas announced today.
“Shoni Schimmel has demonstrated she can shine on a big stage, and I am confident that with the leadership on our coaching staff and on our team she will thrive as a member of the New York Liberty playing at Madison Square Garden,” said Thomas in a press release.
“Shoni is good fit for our style of play. Her long-range shooting will really allow us to spread the floor on the offensive end. She takes pride in giving back to the community and she shares the same core values we look for in every member of our team.”
Schimmel made tremendous waves in the WNBA and Indian Country when she was a 2014 WNBA first-round pick (No. 8 overall), then as a two-time WNBA All-Star, and the Most Valuable Player of the 2014 All-Star Game.
Schimmel is well-known as a three-point shooting threat, and she’s also a strong distributer of the basketball. In two WNBA seasons she has career averages of 8.0 ppg, 3.4 apg and 1.5 threes per game.
The Liberty’s historic 20th WNBA season opens on Saturday, May 14, when it will travel to Washington, D.C., to face the Washington Mystics at 7 p.m. New York’s home opener at Madison Square Garden,will be on Sunday, May 15, against the Dallas Wings at 5 p.m.