Today, the Connecticut Sun announced that Courtney Williams has signed a contract offer extended by Head Coach and General Manager, Curt Miller.
Per team policy, no details were released.
“We are excited to welcome back Courtney to Connecticut,” Miller said. “Courtney is a fan favorite, and her energy is contagious to her teammates. She is a dynamic guard that can create her own offense which fills one of our biggest needs. She also has quietly been the best defensive rebounding guard in the league which will continue to help our defense and transition game. Adding Courtney, an All-Star, to our existing roster is fantastic news for our franchise.”
Williams, who was selected eighth overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft, was a key player in the Atlanta Dream’s offense during the 2021 season. She led the Dream with a career-high in points (16.5), rebounds (6.8), assists (4.0), made field goals (7.1), and minutes (34.4) per game. In addition, Williams garnered seven double-doubles, eight 20-point games and two 30-point games. Her efforts earned her a spot on the 2021 WNBA All-Star roster where Williams came off the bench to score 15 points on 87.5% shooting and tally one rebound, two assists, one steal and a block for Team WNBA in their victory over USA Basketball Women’s National Team.
Jonquel Jones is delighted Williams is back stating, “Courtney has always been a part of us. She was instrumental in our run in 2019 and when she left it was sad to see her go. Knowing that we had an opportunity to get her back meant a lot and for us it just feels like a family member has finally come back home!”
Williams’ play greatly contributed to the Sun’s success over the years. Throughout her three full seasons with the Connecticut Sun from 2017-2019, Williams played in 98 games and averaged 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, three assists and 0.9 steals in 27.4 minutes per game. In 2017, the 5-8 guard was fourth on the team in points (12.3) and assists (2.1), and third in rebounds (4.2) per game; in 2018, Williams was second in points (12.6), third in rebounds (6.0) and fourth in assists (3.0) per game; and in 2019, the Georgia native was second in points (13.2), third in rebounds (5.6), second in assists (3.8), and third in steals (1.3) per game. In 2016 after appearing in six games for the Phoenix Mercury, the Sun acquired Williams, along with the draft rights to 20th overall pick Jillian Alleyne and a 2017 second-round pick, for veteran Kelsey Bone. In her 19 appearances in 2016, Williams averaged 8.1ppg.
“I’m super excited to be coming back home,” Williams said. “My Connecticut family has supported me since Day 1, so to be going back to all that love is everything for me!”
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