Washington Mystics – The Washington Mystics joined the WNBA in its second season and it did so inauspiciously. The team won just three out of 30 games in its league debut, leading to the dismissal of two coaches, Jim Lewis and Cathy Parson.
The Mystics fared better over the next three seasons, but not much, averaging just 12 wins between 1999 and 2001.
Washington recorded its first winning campaign and second playoff appearance in 2002 and it enjoyed modest success over the next eight years. The Mystics posted 16 or more wins six times during that period, culminating with a franchise-best 22 victories in 2010.
The arrival of Mike Thibault in 2013 ushered in, at least to this point, the greatest string of sustained momentum in Mystics history. Led by the likes of Ivory Latta and Emma Meesseman, Washington registered its third straight postseason berth in 2015 while bringing its three-year win total under Thibault to an even 51-51.
The following are a few players who earned All-Star status playing for Washington: Chamique Holdsclaw, Nikki McCray, Alana Beard and Crystal Langhorne.
The Mystics were originally owned by Abe Pollen; the franchise was acquired by Ted Leonsis’ Monumental Sports & Entertainment in 2005. Like their fellow Washington squad, the Mystics call D.C’s Verizon Center home.