The 5-foot-8 guard was a restricted free agent played in the 2019 WNBA Finals with the Connecticut Sun and averaged 17.9 points and 5.8 rebounds throughout the playoffs.
The team will immediately benefit from Williams' dynamic scoring ability, midrange jumper and rebounding contributions as a guard, aligning with the team's needs after the loss of Angel McCoughtry and Brittney Sykes.
With the pickup, Collen now will be coaching two players who started every game of the 2019 WNBA Finals, who also are players she coached while in Connecticut -- Williams and Shekinna Stricklen.
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Williams did not seem to want out of Connecticut, though it was insinuated in Sun coach Curt Miller’s statement following the trade announcement.
“We realize Courtney was a fan favorite, and we wish her the best in Atlanta,” Miller said. “Unfortunately, despite our best efforts and all the loyalty and support we’ve shown Courtney over the last four seasons, it became clear she no longer wanted to return to Connecticut.”
Williams responded in a lengthy Instagram post, writing, "This process was definitely not an easy one for me, and it truly showed me that it's all about business, and that loyalty and emotion has no place in these type of negotiations. This was a hard pill for me to swallow, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hurt throughout this process."
Now, she’s headed home. Williams also has the state abbreviation for Georgia tattooed on her left shoulder.
“I’m from Georgia, and I take pride in that,” she told the AJC last year before the finals. She also has star power.
During the playoffs, she emerged as a national fan favorite for her personality and confidence, along with her on-court production.
Before the WNBA, she played for the University of South Florida and Charlton County High School, where she scored 42 points to break a record previously set by her mother.
Stay tuned for more Atlanta Dream updates throughout the WNBA’s free-agency period.