The move was made mid-way through the 2016 Training Camp as the Liberty sent a 2017 2nd Round draft pick to the Atlanta Dream in order to acquire two-time All-Star, prolific 3-point shooter, and flashy play maker Shoni Schimmel.
Schimmel wasted no time getting quickly acclimated to her new squad, working closely with Teresa Weatherspoon and Katie Smith on the Liberty’s play book, as well as learning from two of the best to ever play the game. A few days after the trade, Schimmel made her first appearance in a New York uniform, nailing a 3-pointer to finish with 5 points in a preseason tilt against the Minnesota Lynx.
Her official Liberty debut would come against the Dallas Wings in New York’s home opener at Madison Square Garden on May 15, as she nailed her only 3-point attempt in what became a common occurrence for one of the most accurate long range threats in the game.
Schimmel would nail at least one triple in four of her first six appearances of the year, which ended with her scoring a season-high 8 points against the Sparks on June 7.
Averaging more than 50 3-pointers per game through her first two WNBA seasons, Schimmel shot the ball at a tremendously high percentage last year, nailing 9-of-16 from downtown, a make rate of .563.
In Schimmel, the Liberty have a proven playmaker and a proficient deep threat that is capable of knocking down a shot from nearly anywhere as soon as she enters the game.
June 3 vs. Indiana
Lit it up down the stretch in a big win over the Fever, hitting bother her 3-point attempts with 2 rebounds and an assist
June 7 @ Los Angeles
Scored a season-high 8 points, going 3-of-5 from the field with a pair of 3-pointers
June 14 vs. Dallas
Finished with 7 points in a home win over the Dallas Wings, adding in a blocked shot as well
SHOWTIME IN THE BIG APPLE
The New York Liberty completed a trade for guard Shoni Schimmel on May 2, sending its 2017 second round pick to the Atlanta Dream in exchange for the two-time WNBA All-Star and the MVP of the 2014 All-Star game. Over her first two WNBA seasons, Schimmel averaged 8.0 points and 3.4 assists per game, while knocking down 102 3-pointers, an average of 1.5 per game.
3-POINT SHARP SHOOTER
Shoni Schimmel has been a prolific 3-point shooter throughout her career and that trend continued once she joined the Liberty in 2016 as she continued to convert at a very high percentage. Schimmel had four multi 3-point games in New York last season, and overall shot 9-of-16 from 3-point range, an incredible percentage of .563 from downtown.
With the addition of two-time WNBA All-Star Shoni Schimmel, the Liberty now boasts five players on its roster that have earned at least one All-Star appearance during their careers. Tina Charles (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015) and Swin Cash (2003, 2005, 2009, 2011) have each earned four selections, while Epiphanny Prince (2011, 2013) and Shoni Schimmel (2014, 2015) are two-time All-Stars, and Shavonte Zellous (2013) has earned one All-Star appearance.