Atlanta Dream (WNBA)

International Players, 2024 Season

PlayerPositionCountrySeason(s)Hometown
Laeticia Amihere*ForwardCanada2023-24Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
Lorela CubajForwardItaly2023-24Perugia, Italy
Isobel Borlase*GuardAustraliaAdelaide, South Australia, Australia
Nyadiew Puoch*ForwardAustraliaHobart, Tasmania, Australia
Matilde Villa*GuardItalyLissone, Carate Brianza, Lombardy, Italy
Bold indicates current player | * indicates player was drafted by organization in 2024

Atlanta Dream Team History & International Alumni

The Atlanta Dream, founded in 2007, quickly became a powerhouse in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). From its inception, the Dream cultivated a rich tradition of embracing international talent, a strategy that has significantly contributed to the team’s success over the years. One notable aspect of the Dream’s roster composition has been its commitment to recruiting players born outside of the United States. This deliberate approach not only reflects the global appeal of basketball but also underscores the team’s dedication to assembling a diverse and competitive lineup.

Throughout its history, the Atlanta Dream has featured an array of international players who have left an indelible mark on the franchise. Among these standout athletes is Angel McCoughtry, a dynamic forward from the Dominican Republic. McCoughtry’s impact on the Dream’s success cannot be overstated, as she played a pivotal role in leading the team to multiple playoff appearances and a trip to the WNBA Finals in 2010. Her scoring prowess and defensive tenacity earned her numerous accolades, including multiple All-Star selections and All-WNBA Team honors.

In addition to McCoughtry, the Dream has also welcomed other international stars such as Erika de Souza from Brazil and Shoni Schimmel from the Native American Umatilla tribe. De Souza, a dominant presence in the paint, provided the Dream with a formidable inside presence and played a crucial role in their postseason runs. Schimmel, known for her electrifying playmaking ability, captured the hearts of fans with her flashy style and clutch performances. These international players not only elevated the Atlanta Dream to new heights but also exemplified the team’s commitment to embracing talent from around the world.