Mo’ne Davis, a pitcher with the Anderson Monarchs and one of the few black girls to play on a boy’s team, receives a jersey from Angela Taylor, president and general manager of the WNBA Atlanta Dream at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Davis pitches for the Anderson Monarchs, a little league team based in Philadelphia, which is making a 23-day civil rights tour. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM
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Dream voted team with best offseason, most improved by WNBA general managers

In the 2018 WNBA survey of general managers, the Dream was named the league’s most improved team. 

Under new coach Nicki Collen, the Dream earned 50 percent of the annual survey’s poll as the league’s most improved and as the team that made the best offseason moves. The Dream signed veteran free agents Renee Montgomery and Jessica Breland. 

Former Olympian and four-time All-Star Angel McCoughtry, who took last season off to rest, also will return this season to add to the veteran presence the Dream lacked in 2017. McCoughtry was recognized by the survey as the player is the best at getting her own shot, most dangerous in the open floor and most athletic.

Tiffany Hayes, a six-year veteran, was voted the most underrated player in the WNBA, tied with Los Angeles Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray. 

Second-year Dream guard Brittney Sykes was tied with Las Vegas Aces guard Kelsey Plum as the player most likely to have a breakout season. As a rookie, Sykes played in 34 games, starting 23, and shot 40.8 percent from the field and 33.6 beyond the arc. The former Syracuse player also averaged 13.9 points and 4.1 rebounds last season.

The rest of the general-managers survey can be read on the WNBA’s official website.

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