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Phoenix Mercury continue to pad roster, re-sign Shey Peddy

Shey Peddy has re-signed with Phoenix. (Photo by Mike Mattina/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Mercury continue to bolster their 2022 roster, re-signing guard Shey Peddy.

“Every team need a player like Shey Peddy,” said GM Jim Pitman, “who will step into any role asked of her, plays hard on every possession, is not afraid to defend the other team’s best player, or to take the big shot – or free-throws – when her team needs her to. Shey is loved by her teammates and our fans, and we feel fortunate she will continue to be a member of the Phoenix Mercury. Welcome back, Shey.”

Joining the Mercury from the Washington Mystics in 2020, Peddy has become a significant contributor for the Mercury, particularly in the playoffs.

Nicknamed “Playoff Peddy,” she has twice come up clutch in big moments in the playoffs. In 2020, she sank a buzzer-beater three in a Round 1 single-elimination game against Washington. During the 2021 playoffs, in Game 5 of the semifinals against Las Vegas, she sank two key free throws to send the Mercury to their fifth WNBA Finals.

During the 2021 regular season, Peddy averaged 5.4 points, 2.5 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game – all career highs.

During her three-year career, Peddy has averaged 96.2 percent from the free-throw line. She is the only player in WNBA history with a career free throw percentage greater than 96 percent with a minimum of 50 attempts. Last season, she set a WNBA and NBA record for the most consecutive free throws without a miss to begin a career, going 37-for-37 before her first miss in her third year.

The Mercury have been particularly active this offseason, re-signing Kia Nurse and Sophie Cunningham to deals. They’ve also bolstered their starting five, acquiring Diamond DeShields from Chicago and signing last season’s leading scorer Tina Charles.