Washington, D.C. – The Washington Mystics announced today that they have signed three-time All-Star and two-time WNBA Champion guard Kristi Toliver. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“It is extremely exciting to have Kristi back with the Mystics,” said General Manager Mike Thibault. “Her ability to play both guard positions give our lineup a lot of flexibility. She is one of the premier 3-point shooters in WNBA history, as well as being one of the best players to create her own shot in key situations.”
Toliver (5-7, 130) rejoins the Mystics, where she helped lead the franchise to their first championship (2019), after having spent the last two seasons with the Los Angeles Sparks. During the 2022 season, the 13-year pro averaged 5.9 points and 3.1 assists in 11 games (10 starts).
The Maryland product has appeared in 369 career games (289 starts) with Los Angeles (2010-2016, 2021-2022), Washington (2017-2019) and Chicago (2009), recording averages of 12.0 points, 3.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game. Toliver ranks seventh in WNBA history in three-point field goals made (641) and 10th amongst active players in all-time three-point percentage (.384).
Over the course of her career, Toliver has won two WNBA championships (2019, 2016) and was awarded the WNBA’s Most Improved Player in 2012. She has been named a WNBA All-Star on three occasions (2013, 2018, 2019) and earned All-WNBA Second Team honors in 2012.
Toliver ranks first in franchise history in three-point field goals made per game (2.0) and fifth in total three-point field goals made (184). In her three seasons with Washington, she averaged 12.9 points, 4.4 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game. She also helped guide the Mystics to back-to-back WNBA Finals appearances (2018-2019) and was named an All-Star twice.
The Harrisonburg, Va. native was originally drafted third overall by the Chicago Sky in 2009. Toliver is currently a member of the Dallas Mavericks coaching staff (2021-23) where she serves as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Mavericks, Toliver was an assistant coach and worked in player development for the Washington Wizards (2019-20).
Thibault added, “Her ongoing experiences as an NBA assistant coach will be valuable and we expect her to have a major impact on our team, on and off the court.”
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