Chicago Sky Breakout Player: Chennedy Carter

The product of working nonstop, earning every single thing, and making the most of an opportunity is very evident in Chennedy Carter’s case. This offseason was an unknown for her as she came into training camp on a training camp deal. She ends up making the roster, being in the rotation, and playing a pivotal role. The Chicago Sky guard has been extremely impactful during the first month of the season.

The Texas A&M product and fourth-year guard has clearly earned and played her way into this situation and we’re now seeing that this situation fits her perfectly and a role in which she is currently thriving.

Chennedy Carter, Chicago Sky’s Breakout PlayerScoring Impact 

Through ten games, Carter is averaging 13 points per game — which leads all reserves in the league.

Scoring is nothing new to her, getting buckets has been her calling card. She came into the league scoring. In her rookie season with the Atlanta Dream, she averaged 17.4 points per game. She led all rookies and ranked eighth in the entire league with those marks. She also had the 14th-highest scoring average by a rookie in league history.

Efficiency Jump

The efficiency is what really stands out as she’s currently shooting a career-high 51.4% from the floor. She’s averaging 9.0 points per game in the paint, which is league-best among guards. She’s also averaging 3.4 fast break points per game, which is second among guards.

Another standout stat, she’s shooting nearly 70% at the rim on over five attempts per game, both of which rank second in the league among guards.

On-Off the Court Numbers

The on-and-off numbers are evident and it shows from the eye-test with Carter on and off the floor (especially offensively). She has an offensive rating of 104.4, which is among the top offensive ratings in the league.

Add that her scoring impact and the spark and energy she provides for this team. Mixed it all with the talent she has and you see why she’s having a breakout season thus far.

Dynamic Pairing 

The energy and tenacity she plays with, along with the chip she has on her shoulder, is infectious to her teammates.

The pairing of Coach Teresa Weatherspoon and Carter has been perfect. What Coach Weatherspoon demands from Carter (offensively and defensively) has really brought out the best in her and has allowed Carter to shine thus far.

The level of buy-in from not only Carter but from the rest of the team has allowed Coach Weatherspoon to optimize the most out of this team.

The play and impact of Carter are an extension of the foundation and culture instilled by Coach Weatherspoon. In which, has played a big factor in Carter’s strong early season start and being the early front-runner for Sixth Player of the Year.

She’s fully integrated herself into Coach Weatherspoon’s rotation due to her two-way impact, which has energized the team.

As the season progresses, the Sky will continue to build its identity and foundation, Chennedy Carter will continue to be an integral part of being a true spark plug and providing a two-way impact as the Sky will look to continue to be competitive for the remainder of the season.

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