Last offseason, the Dallas Wings acquired point guard Crystal Dangerfield in the same trade that brought Natasha Howard to Dallas and sent out longtime Wing Kayla Thornton and point guard Ty Harris.
Much like most of their roster, the Wings reconstructed the point guard position prior to the 2023 season. With longtime starter Marina Mabery heading to the Chicago Sky, it was Crystal Dangerfield who would start the majority of the Wings games at point guard this season.
Throughout a career-high 35 games played this season, Dangerfield averaged 8.2 points and 3.1 assists per game. When inserted into the starting lineup, Dangerfield saw her points per game rise by nearly 2.5 points and her assists per game rise by one.
Dangerfield’s best game of the season came on June 25th against the LA Sparks where she scored a season-high 18 points and had 5 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals to go along with it.
In the playoffs, Dangerfield was a key part of the Wings closeout win in round one against the Atlanta Dream where she scored 11 points off the bench en route to a 94-82 Dallas victory.
However, the semi-final defeat against the Las Vegas Aces Aces was a less memorable one for Crystal Dangerfield who played just over 6 minutes in the final two games combined.
Overall, Dangerfield had a good season and was able to balance the backcourt alongside superstar Arike Ogunbowale which was what Dallas was looking for when shifting the direction of their roster last offseason.
Next season, Crystal Dangerfield will be back with the Dallas Wings in the final season of her 2-year $160,000 contract.
Similarly to Veronica Burton, Dangerfield’s minutes next season will be determined by what the Wings decide to do with point guards Diamond DeShields and Odyssey Sims who are both free agents.
Barring any major offseason moves, Crystal Dangerfield could very well be the point guard of the Dallas Wings when the 2024 season tips off in May.