Mystics Sign Free Agent Karlie Samuelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Washington Mystics announced today that they have signed free agent guard/forward Karlie Samuelson.

“Karlie brings an exciting dimension to our team as a great shooting, big wing player, who can stretch the floor for us,” said Mystics General Manager Mike Thibault. “She had a breakout season for LA last year and was one of the best three-point shooters in the league.”

Samuelson (6-0, 160) comes to Washington after posting career-best averages of 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 34 games (23 starts) during the 2023 season. She also shot a career-high .463 percent from the field and .941 from the free throw line. Last season, she ranked sixth in the WNBA in three-point percentage, shooting .426 percent from three.

The California native joined Jackie Young (LVA), Chelsea Gray (LVA) and Lexie Brown (LAS) as the only players to shoot at least .450 percent from the field and .400 percent or better from three-point range during the 2023 season [min. 25 3PM].

“I am very excited to join the Mystics,” said Samuelson. “I have admired the way the team plays on both ends of the floor since their 2019 championship and I am excited to be a part of that competitiveness. I cannot wait to get out to D.C. to get started.”

She holds career averages of 4.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 16.7 minutes per game in 76 games (26 starts) with the Los Angeles Sparks (2023, 2021, 2019, 2018), Phoenix Mercury (2022), Seattle Storm (2021) and Dallas Wings (2019).

Thibault added, “She has greatly expanded all facets of her game over the last several years and we are thrilled she chose to come to D.C.”

The Stanford product joined the Sparks in 2018 as a rookie free agent.