The Los Angeles Sparks are excited to announce the re-signing of point guard Chelsea Gray. In 2019, Gray averaged 14.5 points and career-highs of 5.9 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game. She was named to the 2019 All-WNBA First Team and earned her third consecutive All-Star selection.
“Chelsea has established herself as one of the best guards in the WNBA,” Interim General Manager and Managing Partner Eric Holoman said. “Her ability to take over games with her shot, penetration and passing make her one of the most clutch players in the league. We are thrilled to watch Chelsea continue to grow her career in Los Angeles.”
Gray has spent the offseason with USA Basketball as part of the inaugural pre-Olympic training program. She recently signed with Euroleague title contender Fenerbahce (Turkey) and will compete with them before returning to Los Angeles for the 2020 season.
“Chelsea is a special player and person,” Head Coach Derek Fisher said. “Each season she adds elements to her already explosive game. She’s foundational to everything we’re building and we’re grateful to have her in LA.”
Since acquiring Gray in a 2016 draft day trade with the Connecticut Sun, her career has taken off in Los Angeles as she played a pivotal role in the Sparks 2016 championship. She followed up the title run with a 2017 season in which she led the team back to the Finals in her first year as the starting point guard. That season, she led the WNBA in 3-point percentage at 48.2%. In 2018, she averaged a career-high 14.9 points per game.
“LA is home,” Gray said. “I’m excited to be back and to get things started. We have a great group of women who are anxious to compete for a championship. The staff, organization, and fans are all ready to bring the trophy back to LA!”
Gray was drafted 11th overall in the 2014 WNBA Draft by the Sun after attending Duke University. For her career, she’s averaged 11.4 points, 4.1 assists and 2.9 rebounds per game while shooting 45.9% from the field, 39.6% on 3-pointers and 83.9% from the free-throw line.