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Ariel Atkins
Atkins in August 2018
No. 7 – Washington Mystics
Shooting guard
Personal information
Born July 30, 1996 (1996-07-30) (age 25)
Dallas, Texas
Nationality American
High school Duncanville (Duncanville, Texas)
Listed height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Listed weight 167 lb (76 kg)
Career information
College Texas (2014–2018)
NBA Draft 2018 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7th overall
Selected by the Washington Mystics
Pro career 2018–present
League WNBA
Career history
2018–present Washington Mystics
2018–2019 InvestInTheWest ENEA Gorzów
2019–2020 Perth Lynx
2020 Elazığ İl Özel İdarespor
Career highlights and awards
  • WNBA champion (2019)
  • WNBA All-Star (2021)
  • 3× WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2018–2020)
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team (2018)
  • 2× First-team All-Big 12 (2017, 2018)
  • Second-team All-Big 12 (2016)
  • 2× Big 12 All-Defensive Team (2017, 2018)
  • Big 12 All-Freshman Team (2015)
  • McDonald's All-American (2014)

Ariel Atkins (born July 30, 1996) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). After a four-year college career with the Texas Longhorns, Atkins was drafted 7th overall by the Washington Mystics in 2018 and helped them reach the WNBA Finals. She then spent the 2018–19 season in Poland with InvestInTheWest ENEA Gorzów Wielkopolski. In 2019, she won a WNBA Championship with the Washington Mystics. For the 2019–20 WNBA off-season, she signed with an Australian team, the Perth Lynx.

College

Atkins played college basketball at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas for the Longhorns.

Career

WNBA

At the 2018 WNBA draft, Atkins was drafted by the Washington Mystics in the first round, as the seventh overall pick. Atkins would join a Mystics line-up alongside players such as Elena Delle Donne, Kristi Toliver & Natasha Cloud. In August 2018, Atkins was named to the All-Defensive Second Team in her debut season. Later in September 2018, Atkins was also named to the All-Rookie Team.

On October 10, 2019, Atkins and the Mystics took home their first WNBA Championship after defeating the Connecticut Sun, 3–2. In September 2020, Atkins was named to the All-Defensive Second Team for the third time in her three career seasons.

Career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game  RPG  Rebounds per game
 APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game  BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game
 TO  Turnovers per game  FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 Bold  Career high ° League leader

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2014–15 Texas 27 19 23.9 .363 .288 .825 3.4 1.3 1.2 0.2 2.2 9.7
2015–16 Texas 27 14 21.0 .536 .356 .819 3.9 1.3 1.3 0.2 1.4 11.2
2016–17 Texas 32 32 26.6 .456 .377 .818 4.2 1.6 2.0 0.3 1.4 12.8
2017–18 Texas 35 35 27.7 .534 .420 .859 5.5 3.2 2.5 0.6 2.0 14.9
Career 121 100 25.1 .475 .373 .831 4.3 1.9 1.8 0.4 1.7 12.4

WNBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2018 Washington 29 24 22.5 .432 .357 .824 2.4 2.1 1.3 0.3 1.3 11.3
2019 Washington 33 33 24.3 .416 .357 .811 2.8 1.9 1.5 0.6 1.0 10.3
2020 Washington 22 22 31.0 .438 .411 .886 2.9 2.4 1.8 0.3 1.9 14.8
Career 3 years, 1 team 84 79 25.5 .428 .372 .845 2.7 2.1 1.5 0.4 1.4 11.8

Postseason

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PPG
2018 Washington 9 9 27.9 .480 .424 .879 3.7 1.9 1.1 0.1 0.8 15.2
2019 Washington 9 9 19.8 .373 .333 .929 2.7 2.3 0.8 0.0 1.2 7.3
2020 Washington 1 1 36.0 .375 .000 1.000 4.0 4.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 13.0
Career 3 years, 1 team 19 19 24.5 .434 .365 .896 3.2 2.2 1.1 0.1 1.0 11.4
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