Has Angel McCoughtry Returned To All-Star Form?

By: Zachary Diamond
Posted: August 13, 2020

Atlanta Dream legend Angel McCoughtry, currently in her first season with the Las Vegas Aces, was one of the most dominant players in the WNBA throughout the 2010s.

Since joining the league in 2009, McCoughtry has averaged 19 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2.1 steals per game. She led the WNBA in scoring in 2012 and 2013. She led the WNBA in steals in 2012 and 2014.

McCoughtry is a five-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018) and a six-time All-WNBA selection (First Team—2011, 2015; Second Team—2010, 2013, 2014, 2016). Not only can McCoughtry score, but she is also a seven-time WNBA All-Defensive Team honoree (First Team—2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016; Second Team—2009).

For her career, McCoughtry is ranked in the top 20 for many of the WNBA’s stat records. Heading into 2020 McCoughtry ranks 20th in the WNBA in career made field goals, 15th in field goal attempts, 16th in two-point field goals made, 13th in two-point field goal attempts, 7th in made free throws, 5th in free throw attempts, 10th in steals, 16th in points, 5th in points per game, and 2nd in steals per game.

McCoughtry is clearly one of the most decorated players in WNBA history and certainly one of the best players in recent memory. However, McCoughtry sat out of the 2017 WNBA season and only played in one game in 2019. With missing so much time in her early 30s, there was no guarantee that McCoughtry would ever return to her All-Star level play after signing with the Aces for the 2020 season.

At the age of 33, McCoughtry has not had the same kind of minutes playing for the Aces that she usually has. McCoughtry has averaged 21.5 minutes a game, compared to usual 30 minutes as a starter. She hasn’t averaged such low minutes per game since her rookie season in 2009. However, she completely dominates when she is on the floor.

McCoughtry is averaging 15.3 points per game in her 21.5 minutes on the floor. She is shooting a whopping .573, making 5.9 out of 10.3 shots per game. Her shooting percentage is insane, especially since her career percentage is .428. McCoughtry has significantly improved her three-point shooting, hitting .545 percent of her shots.

If McCoughtry got starters minutes this season, we would be talking about how at the age of 33 she continues to perform at an All-Star level. Her offensive game has… improved (???) at the age of 33. Her lack of minutes will most likely prevent her from becoming an All-Star this season, but in her limited minutes, she certainly has performed at that level.

Amongst those averaging 15 minutes a game this season, McCoughtry is ranked fifth in the WNBA in FG%. McCoughtry is tied for fourth in the WNBA in 3PT FG%. She has become so incredibly iffecient through her first eight games of the season.

Nobody in the WNBA has shot as efficiently as McCoughtry has at the volume she has shot. She is making, it seems like, all of her shots. Some game highlights include shooting 11-17 on opening night against the Chicago Sky, 8-15 against the Los Angeles Sparks, and 9-10 against the Indiana Fever.

McCoughtry, after missing two out of her last three seasons, has proven that she is still an All-Star caliber contributor in the WNBA at the age of 33. Hopefully, as the season goes on, the Aces take the training wheels off McCoughtry a bit and give her more consistent minutes.

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