Current Team: Las Vegas Aces | #5
Draft: 2015 | Wake Forest | 1st round (6th overall)
Key Accolades: Sixth Woman of the Year (2019, 2020), All-Star (2021)
The Down Low
Dearica is primarily known for two things: (1) the Hamby Heave, and (2) her two-time near undisputed Sixth Woman of the Year titles. As to the first, as a Sky fan, I am not emotionally equipped to discuss her "foolishly heroic" game-winning shot to knock the Sky out of the 2019 WNBA playoffs, so here is a full rundown.
As to the second, don't let her Sixth Woman titles fool you. As is often the case, she is a Sixth Woman candidate because she could be starting on any team in the league. Instead, and perhaps as a fluke of Coach Bill Laimbeer's system, Hamby comes off the bench (although she played the second-most minutes of any player on the team last season). Hamby fits well coming in mid-game, though, because she indeed provides that coveted spark off the bench. She is a pure hustle player and you can see working her ass off every play.
More on Dearica
- ‘That’s just D’: The process behind Dearica Hamby’s Sixth Woman of the Year campaign (Maddyn Johnstone-Thomas, the Athletic)
- WNBA Star Dearica Hamby Keeps It Real About The Challenges Of Parenting In The Bubble (Mia J. Davis, Essence)
- Q&A: Aces' Hamby on relationship with Laimbeer, prioritizing motherhood (Andrew Joe Potter, The Score)