The Washington Mystics have signed Megan Gustafson for the remainder of the 2021 WNBA season, according to a press release on Wednesday.
Gustafson is averaging 3.2 points and 4.0 rebounds in 10.3 minutes per game after six appearances with Washington. She originally signed in June due to an injury hardship. However, she signed three seven-day contracts since July 1. Also, with Emma Meesseman not playing this season, this also opened up the opportunity for Gustafson to remain after the Olympic break.
Washington has been slightly behind the league average in rebounding this season, where they rank eighth in the league, or seventh in total rebounds per 100 possessions. However, rebounding has been Gustafson’s strongest suit, especially when she was playing during the Olympic break. She is averaging a career-high 13.9 rebounds per 36 minutes. For some context, that’s higher than Connecticut Sun center Jonquel Jones, who is averaging 12.3 rebounds per 36 minutes herself.
Of course, this rebounds per 36 minutes stat is flawed. Gustafson isn’t a better overall player than Jones, who is an MVP candidate. However, this could be an area where Gustafson could be effective at when she is on the floor, especially against reserve units.