2018 Year In Review: Dearica Hamby

The San Antonio Stars selected Dearica Hamby with the sixth overall pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft, and she has the second most seniority on the squad behind Kayla McBride.

Hamby was one of the Aces key reserves in 2018, and has consistently improved her production in each of her pro seasons. She began the year with a more limited role, playing 18 minutes in the team’s first three games, and scoring two points.

All that started to change in the fourth game of the season, as Hamby logged 13 minutes and went three for five from the floor for six points. She more than doubled her scoring output the next game, scoring 14 points on 5 of 7 shooting in just 12 minutes of action.

That was just a prelude to her June 3 effort at Chicago, in which she made 11 of 13 shots from the floor, and poured in a career-high 24 points. That raised her field goal percentage on the season to a DeAndre Jordan-esque 73.1 percent.

Hamby finished the season making a career-high 52.9 percent of her shots, while posting 12 double-digit scoring efforts. She also finished fourth in the WNBA in two-point field goal percentage at 60.8.

From an advanced statistical standpoint, she destroyed her career highs in Win Shares, True Shooting Percentage, Effective Field Goal Percentage, Offensive Efficiency Rating, and PER.

It’s hard to beat Coffey’s 11-for-13, 24-point game at Chicago which she put together in just 24 minutes. Ten days later, she connected on seven of 11 from the floor for 17 points in 20 minutes as the Aces topped the New York Liberty.

Hamby also scored 16 points in 16 minutes vs New York on June 22, and 14 points in 16 minutes in the season finale against Atlanta.

Hamby is averaging 18.3 points and 10.8 rebounds per game for Ragusa in the Italian League. She is also chipping in 2.7 assists and 2.5 steals per contest while making 59.7 percent of her shots from inside the arc.

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