Atlanta had been mentioned as a possible future city for WNBA expansion, but efforts did not come together until the beginning of 2007. An organizing committee with Atlanta businessmen and politicians began the effort to attract an expansion team. The inability of the Atlanta Hawks of the NBA to draw crowds was a concern of the WNBA, and the committee kicked off an effort in ...
In 2009, Atlanta reached the playoffs at 18–16, exceeding their previous record by 14 wins. Despite being in the playoffs, the Dream ended their season in disappointment and loss in the first round to the 2008 champion Detroit Shock in a sweep. After the season, their coach, Marynell Meadors, was awarded the Coach of the Year Award.
In 2010: Atlanta Dream reaches the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, after finishing with a 19–15 record and defeating the Washington Mystics and the New York Liberty in the playoffs. The team loses to the Seattle Storm in a three-game sweep. Angel McCoughtry is named to the All-WNBA First Team and sets a WNBA Finals record ...
In 2011: Atlanta Dream returns to the WNBA Finals for the second consecutive year, after finishing with a 20–14 record and defeating the Connecticut Sun and the Indiana Fever in the playoffs. The team loses to the Minnesota Lynx in a three-game sweep. Angel McCoughtry is named to the All-WNBA First Team again and leads the league in scoring with ...
Angel McCoughtry: She is the franchise’s all-time leading scorer and one of the most dominant players in the WNBA. She joined Atlanta Dream as the first overall pick in the 2009 WNBA draft and played for the team until 2019. She helped Atlanta Dream reach the WNBA Finals three times, in 2010, 2011 and 2013. She also won two Olympic ...
In 2014: Atlanta Dream finishes with a 19–15 record and wins its first Eastern Conference regular season title.
History of the Dream
The Atlanta Dream is a professional Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) basketball team. The team was founded in 2007 and has become one of the most successful teams in league history. The Dream have won four Eastern Conference titles, two WNBA Finals appearances, and one championship title.
The success of the Atlanta Dream can be attributed to its talented roster over the years. Players like Angel McCoughtry, Tiffany Hayes, Elizabeth Williams, Renee Montgomery, and Jessica Breland have all made significant contributions to help build a winning culture for this franchise. Additionally, head coach Nicki Collen has done an outstanding job leading her squad with solid leadership skills and tactical decisions throughout her tenure at the helm of this organization.
As far as significant accomplishments go for this team, they are considered among some of the best franchises ever assembled within women's professional basketball leagues worldwide! Their 2019 championship victory against Washington Mystics will forever remain etched into sports fans' memories across America due to its thrilling three-game series, which ended with a memorable Game 5 buzzer-beater by MVP finalist Tiffany Hayes! All these achievements make it safe to say that no matter what happens next year or beyond -Atlanta Dreams' legacy is here to stay!
2008 – Present / Women’s National Basketball Association
2008 – Present / Atlanta Dream
Dream – The Atlanta Dream is a professional women’s basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Dream play in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). As avid sports fans, you may wonder where their nickname comes from and how it was chosen.
In 2008, when Ron Terwilliger and Kelly Loeffler founded the franchise with assistance from NBA Commissioner David Stern, they had to decide on a name for their new team. After much deliberation between several potential names – including “Stars” – they finally settled on “Dream” as it embodied what aspiring female athletes can strive towards achieving excellence through hard work and determination while inspiring others to do the same.
The name also pays homage to Martin Luther King Jr., one of America's most influential civil rights leaders who famously gave his "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963 during the March on Washington D.C. This connection further solidifies that dreams are achievable if we put our minds together and focus our efforts towards them, which has been echoed throughout many of MLK Jr.'s famous quotes over time - making this an even more fitting choice for an organization dedicated to empowering young women through sport!
Additionally, having such a symbolic moniker helps create unity among players, both past & present, allowing them all to feel connected under one banner regardless of race or background - giving everyone involved with this team something unique that will last far beyond any game day victory or defeat!
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2020 - Present / Gateway Center Arena @ College Park
2018 - 2019 / State Farm Arena
2008 – 2017 / Philips Arena
2011 – Present / Dream Too LLC, composed of Mary Brock and Kelly Loeffler
2010 / Kathy Betty
2008 – 2009 / Ron Terwilliger
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