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Chennedy Carter #3 of the Atlanta Dream handles the ball against the Washington Mystics on September 13, 2020 at Feld Entertainment Center in Palmetto, Florida. (Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images)
After leading the Dream and finishing ranked tenth in the league in scoring, rookie point guard Chennedy Carter has been named to the 2020 All-Rookie team.
Carter joins Crystal Dangerfield, Jazmine Jones, Julie Allemand and Satou Sabally on the All-Rookie team and is one of four players who received the maximum 11 votes. All 12 WNBA coaches vote for a team of five players, and they cannot vote for a player on their own team.
Because Renee Montgomery opted out of the season to focus on social justice, Carter had to be the starting point guard from Day One. With a shortened training camp and a short bench because three players tested positive for COVID-19, no one was sure how Carter’s first professional games would go.
In true Chennedy Carter fashion, she was ready to go from the beginning.
In Carter’s first game, she dropped 18 points, eight assists and five rebounds. Across the 16 games she played, she only scored in the single digits three times. One of those games was the game in which she injured her ankle after playing just three minutes, and another was her first game back from that injury.
Despite missing six games with the ankle injury, Carter received two votes for Rookie of the Year and was a unanimous pick for the All-Rookie team. In August, she became the youngest player in WNBA history to score more than 30 points in a game when she dropped 35 against Seattle.
Carter finished the season averaging 17.4 points, 3.4 assists and 0.9 steals per game. She scored 20 or more points in eight games.
Dream coach Nicki Collen said during training camp that it might take Carter some time to be ready to lead the team, but she didn’t have the luxury of taking that time.
In the end, it didn’t matter.