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The Atlanta Dream signed seven-time WNBA All-Star Candice Dupree, the organization announced Monday.
“I’m excited to be reunited with Candice after coaching her in college at Temple University,” said interim head coach Darius Taylor. “Candice brings championship experience, professionalism and a great basketball IQ to our team. She will add scoring, depth and stability to our post play. We are excited to welcome future Hall-of-Famer Candice to the Atlanta Dream.”
Dupree starred at Temple under coach Dawn Staley – and assistant coach Darius Taylor – and later joined Staley in 2006 as the only coach-player duo ever to compete against each other in the WNBA.
Over the course of her 16-year professional career, Dupree has averaged 14.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. She has started in at least 31 games in 13 of the last 15 seasons, and has averaged double-digit points in 15 of her 16 seasons.
She is the only active player with more than 6,800 points and 3,000 rebounds, and one of only three players in league history (along with Tina Thompson and Tamika Catchings) to reach both milestones. She also holds the WNBA record for career two-point field goals made with 2,779 – over 300 more than the second ranked player.
Drafted by the Chicago Sky with the 6th overall selection in the 2006 WNBA Draft, Dupree was Chicago’s first ever draft pick. In 2014, Dupree helped lead the Phoenix Mercury to a WNBA Championship, averaging 16.4 points per game in the Playoffs.
The Atlanta Dream return to practice this Wednesday, July 28 to prepare for the second half of the 2021 season. Atlanta opens the second half of the season at the Phoenix Mercury Sunday, August 15 at 6 p.m. ET.