The Connecticut Sun started as the Orlando Miracle in 1999 when the WNBA first started. In 2003 they became the Connecticut Sun since Orlando Magic ownership no longer was interested in retaining the Miracle’s rights. In franchise history, the Miracle and Sun combined for 13 playoff appearances and thee WNBA Finals appearances.
Tina Charles was selected No.1 overall by the Sun in the 2010 WNBA Draft. Right away, she contributed to Connecticut’s roster, leading the team in scoring and rebound as a rookie. Charles won the Rookie of the Year award in 2010 as well. In 2011, Charles recorded the Sun first every triple-double with 10 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. In 2012 Charles took home the WNBA MVP award. She played just four seasons with the Sun, but it was dominant four seasons filled with All-Star game appearances, All -WNBA teams, and All WNBA Defensive teams. Charles averaged 17.2 points and 10.8 rebounds in her time in Connecticut.
Known for her physical play, the Sun spent the 4th overall pick on Alyssa Thomas in the 2014 WNBA Draft. In her rookie season, Thomas made the All-Rookie team. Thomas made the All-Star team in 2017 and 2019; she is the heart and soul of Connecticut. Even with two injured shoulders, she still brings physical style to the table and is an outstanding defensive player. Thomas does it all on the court rebounds, and she also can play point forward as well. Alyssa will be a force for years to come for the Sun.
Nykesha Sales had a fantastic career for the Miracle and Sun. In nine years, she averaged 14.2 points, 4.1 rebounds on 45% shooting from the field and 35% from beyond the arc. The Miracle selected Sales in the expansion draft in 1999. She helped lead the Sun back to back finals appearances in 2004 and 2005 and was a seven-time All-Star. Sales could do it all on the offensive end; she was a threat from everywhere on the court. Before missing 12 games in 2006, Sales had started in 248 consecutive games.
Katie Douglas was also a member of the 2004 and 20005 Eastern Conference champion teams. Douglas was drafted 10th overall in the 2001 WNBA Draft. Katie made two All-Star game appearances in 2006 and 2007. In 2006 Douglas had her break out season averaging 16.4 points per game and followed that up with 17.0 points per game in the following season. In seven years with the Sun, Douglas averaged 12 points per game.
It will be Lindsay Whalen at the point guard spot; she was the floor general for the Sun in her six seasons with the team. Whalen did a great job making sure players like Sales and Douglas got the ball where they like it. She made the All-Star team one time as a Sun member and led the WNBA in assist in 2008. Having Whalen at point guard was like having a coach on the floor. In six years, Whalen averaged 11.6 points and 4.8 assists per game for Connecticut.
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