A dream in the WNBA cut-off picture as Ari MacDonald shines in Season Two

There were times throughout last season when Ari MacDonald questioned her place in the WNBA.

The 5’6″ guard starred in Arizona, Attracting national crowds in March 2021 as it led the Wildcats to the National Championship game. After her team took second place, Dream picked her number three in Draft 21, wanting to make her the centerpiece of the franchise.

But her quick adaptation to the professional rank did not come easily. She missed her first seven attempts to shoot the field and did not score a point until her third game. While Atlanta was running through three head coaches, MacDonald went from averaging 33.6 minutes during her first season in college to just 16.4 minutes as a professional rookie. “It was mental,” MacDonald says of last year’s challenges. “It was nothing physical.”