The Dream’s Clean-Slate Strategy Made Space for a Star: Rhyne Howard

Howard is a top candidate for the Rookie of the Year Award. Atlanta is rebuilding after a few rocky years, on and off the court.

The Atlanta Dream were looking to start over.

After a couple of rocky seasons — player suspensions, lots of losses, a revolt against a team owner — it was time to try something new.

Nothing says clean slate like building a new roster.

Atlanta kept only a few players from last year’s team: Monique Billings, Aari McDonald, Tiffany Hayes and Cheyenne Parker.

Another piece fell into place when the Dream traded up for the first pick in this year’s draft and selected guard Rhyne Howard from the University of

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