Ranking the Top 10 Washington Mystics of all time
The Washington Mystics are currently the No. 1 seed in the WNBA. When is there a better time to go back and look at the all-time best WNBA players to rock the Blue and Bronze?
Now is the time, so let’s take a closer look at the best Mystics legends to leave their mark on the league.
10. Coco Miller, G
Years Played: 2001-2008
Coco Miller was one of the league's best point guards over her eight-year Mystics career and was a starter for the 2002 team that made the Eastern Conference Finals. She played in 250 games for the Mystics, just nine games shy of breaking record for most games played with the team, currently held by Murriel Page.
She finished her Mystics career with 1,563 points.
9. Murriel Page, F
Years Played: 1998-2006
"The Original Mystic,” Murriel Page was the team's inaugural draft pick and played 259 games for the Mystics. She was part of the first playoff-bound Mystics team and was a cornerstone of their early seasons. By the time she left Washington, D.C. in 2006, Page had registered 1,782 points for the Mystics.
8. Ivory Latta, G
Years Played: 2013-2017
The 5'6 spark plug spent the final five of her 11 WNBA seasons as a member of the Mystics. She made All-Star appearances in both 2013 and 2014, and she finished 2014 as the team's new record-holder for most 3-pointers made in a season.
7. Monique Currie, F
Years Played: 2007-2014 and 2018
Monique Currie, a Potomac, Md. native and star at Duke University, was the No. 3 overall draft pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She was traded from Charlotte to Chicago after her rookie season, then from Chicago to Washington just two games into her second year in the league. She returned home to the D.C. area and became a workhorse for the Mystics, scoring 2,224 points over the course of her eight-year tenure with the Mystics. She returned to D.C. for the 2018 season, her last in the WNBA.
6. Emma Meesesman, F
Years Played: 2013-present
Emma Meesseman is in just her sixth season with the Mystics, but has already blossomed from a backup center into a dominant power forward.
5. Crystal Langhorne, F-C
Years Played: 2008-2013
Crystal Langhorne, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, rebounded from a sluggish rookie season to earn the 2009 WNBA Most Improved Player award. The former Maryland star went on to earn All-Star Game invites in 2010, 2011, and 2013 before being traded to the Seattle Storm before the 2014 season. She finished her Mystics career with 2,554 points.
4. Nikki McCray, G
Years Played: 1998-2001
Nikki McCray entered the WNBA as the reigning MVP of the now-defunct American Basketball League (ABL),
3. Alana Beard, G-F
Years Played: 2004-2011
Alana Beard is one of the 50 greatest players in WNBA history and spent the first six of her 13 WNBA seasons in the nation's capital, scoring a whopping 3,128 points with the Mystics. Beard appeared in four WNBA All-Star games and was named to the WNBA All-Defensive second and first teams during her time in D.C. Unfortunately, during her last two years with the Mystics she was unable to finish the season due to recurring ankle injuries.
2. Chamique Holdsclaw, F
Years Played: 1999-2004
Chamique Holdsclaw also known as the “female Michael Jordan,”
Off the court, Holdsclaw became the first female athlete to grace the cover of SLAM magazine. While playing for the Mystics, Holdsclaw tallied 2,920 points.
1. Elena Delle Donne, F-G
Years Played: 2017-Present
Elena Delle Donne is, without question, the greatest player to ever don a Mystics uniform. EDD was just named the WNBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2019 season, her second time winning the award. Just last season, EDD became the fastest woman ever to score 3,000 points in WNBA history, accomplishing the feat in just 148 games. This past season, she became the first woman ever to reach the 50-40-90 club, joining the likes of Larry Bird, Steve Nash, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Reggie Miller, Dirk Nowitzki, Mark Price, and Malcolm Brogdon. Yes, she's only played two full seasons in Washington, D.C., but she's just that good. The greatest, actually.