The Washington Mystics announced today that they have re-signed two-time WNBA MVP forward Elena Delle Donne. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
2019 was a career-year for Delle Donne, she made her sixth straight All-Star appearance and was named to All-WNBA First Team for the second consecutive season. Delle Donne led the Mystics to the franchise’s first WNBA Championship and helped the team set numerous franchise and WNBA records: highest points per game average in franchise history (89.3), highest free throw percentage in a season in WNBA history (87.5) and most assists per game (21.9) in WNBA history.
Delle Donne currently ranks in the franchise top 10 in points (ninth), rebounds (10th), blocks (sixth), three points made (eight), field goals (ninth), free throw percentage (first), three-point percentage (first) and field goal percentage (third).
“Elena is the most impactful player in the history of the Washington Mystics and her commitment to us three years ago set the stage for us to make our championship run possible,” stated Head Coach and General Manager Mike Thibault. “I am thrilled that she has signed with us for four more years and will lead us as we continue to build on the culture of excellence that we have established here in D.C. This is an exciting time to be a Mystics fan and we look forward to defending our title!”
Delle Donne (6-5, 187) posted averages of 19.5 points, a career-high 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game last season while shooting a career-best .515 from the field, .430 from three-point range and .974 from the charity stripe in 31 games. Delle Donne became the first WNBA player to join the exclusive 50/40/90 club. She also ranked top 10 during the 2019 season in points (second), rebounds (fifth), three-point percentage (fourth), field goal percentage (seventh) and free throw percentage (first).
“Last year bringing a Mystics championship home to D.C. was beyond special. The fans who supported us, and the closeness we had as a team, how hard we all worked together led to an incredible outcome,” said Delle Donne. “Ted and Sheila sowed the seeds for this. They have built an amazing organization, and they along with my teammates, Coach Thibault and his coaching staff, and everyone at the Mystics welcomed me and Amanda with open arms and made this our home. I’m thrilled to be returning for another four years and look forward to defending our title this season in front of the best fans in the world. All I have to say is let’s go ‘Stics!”
Delle Donne is entering her fourth season in Washington and has averaged at least 19 points and six rebounds per game in each of the past three seasons. The two-time WNBA MVP (2015 with the Chicago Sky, 2019 with the Washington Mystics) has made six playoff appearances, including trips to the WNBA Finals in 2014, 2018 and 2019. The Mystics acquired the Delaware product from Chicago prior to the 2017 season. Delle Donne holds career averages of 20.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. She was originally selected by Chicago with the second overall pick as a member of the heralded 2013 WNBA draft class.