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WNBA legend Angel McCoughtry is mentoring Chennedy Carter

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Angel McCoughtry is lending a hand to Atlanta Dream guard Chennedy Carter.

The WNBA legend revealed on Tuesday that she started mentoring Carter a few months ago.

“As I have gotten to know her she is an awesome kid,” McCoughtry wrote. “Fun, energetic and eager to learn. Expecting great things out of this young kid!!”

McCoughtry, who currently plays for the Las Vegas Aces, spent 10 years in Atlanta after the Dream selected her first overall in the 2009 WNBA Draft. A five-time WNBA All-Star, McCoughtry has twice been the WNBA scoring and steals leader.

It’s hard to imagine a better mentor for Carter, who will be entering her third season in the WNBA in 2022 after Dream coach Tanisha Wright said on Monday that the guard is “a part of our roster.”

The Dream suspended Carter indefinitely in July following a verbal altercation in the locker room after a game against the Aces. Courtney Williams, who was reportedly involved in the exchange with Carter, will not re-sign with the Dream after the WNBA suspended her and Crystal Bradford for getting into a fight outside of an Atlanta club in May.

Prior to her suspension, Carter was excelling for the Dream despite missing the first six games with an elbow injury. Starting all of the 11 games she played in, Carter reached double-digit scoring in eight of them, including four games of 20-plus points. In 2020, Carter was named to the WNBA All-Rookie team after leading all rookies with 17.4 points per game. She also was the youngest player in WNBA history to score at least 30 points in a game when she racked up 35 against Seattle at 21 years and 266 days old.

Carter should factor heavily into the Dream’s 2022 plans. The team has just five players under contract for the year, including the 23-year-old. The Dream also have the third overall pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft.