The Charlotte sting was one of the eight original franchises that played when the WNBA first started in 1997. The Sting played ten seasons in the WNBA before coming to an end in 2006. Bobcats Sports and Entertainment turned the team over to the league because of revenue loss and low attendance. In Charlotte’s ten years, they made six playoff appearances, including a WNBA Finals appearance in 2001.
Center Rhonda Mapp
Rhonda Mapp played for Charlotte for four years averaging 10.8 points per game. With the Sting, Mapp was a consistent scorer inside. Mapp averaged double-digit points per game three of the four years she was with Charlotte. She played her last two seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks.
Power Forward Vicky Bullett
Vicky Bullett spent three seasons with the Sting from 1997-1999. In three seasons, Bullett averaged 12.5 points and 1.6 blocks per game. Bullett helped lead Charlotte to three straight playoff appearances while she was there. Bullett was a force on both ends of the court and was a member of the 1999 WNBA All-Star team in the first-ever WNBA All-Star game.
Small Forward Allison Feaster
Allison Feaster was traded to the Charlotte sting in 2000 from the Los Angeles Sparks. Feaster had some of her best seasons with the Sting. In six seasons with the team, she averaged 11.5 points per game. Feaster had a more significant role with the Sting than she had with the Sparks. The former sting player was a top three-point shooter from 2001-2003, shooting a career-high 41% from three in 2002. Feaster was the perfect three to play with Staley and Stinson.
Shooting Guard Andrea Stinson
Andrea Stinson played eight of her nine seasons with the Charlotte Sting. In 2000, Stinson averaged 17.7 points per game, making her first of three all-star teams. Also, in 2000, she finished runner up to Sheryl Swoopes in the WNBA MVP voting. In eight seasons with the Sting, Stinson averaged 13.1 points per game. The former Sting star was an all-around scorer that could get buckets. Not much of a three-point shooter, but could knock a three-down when needed too.
Point Guard Dawn Staley
At the point, we go with Dawn Staley; the Sting drafted Staley with the ninth overall pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft. As a rookie, Staley averaged 1.5 points and 5.5 assists per game. Staley played six and a half years with Charlotte, helping them reach the WNBA Finals in 2001. In her time with the Sting, Staley made the all-star team four times while averaging 8.9 points per game. The point guard was a floor general and was a hard-nosed defensive player. Having Staley run the point was like having a coach on the floor. One Staley’s most significant achievements was being named to the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All-Time.
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