Leilani Mitchell

Leilani Seamah Mitchell (born June 15, 1985) is an American-Australian professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[1] Mitchell was drafted 25th overall by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2008 WNBA draft.[2] A dual citizen of the United States and Australia, she is a member of Australian women's national basketball team (the Opals).[3][4] In 2019 Mitchell became the first WNBA player to win the Most Improved Player Award twice.[5]

Leilani Mitchell
Mitchell with the Mercury in 2019
No. 5 Washington Mystics
PositionPoint guard
LeagueWNBA
Personal information
Born (1985-06-15) June 15, 1985 (age 36)
Richland, Washington
NationalityAmerican / Australian
Listed height5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Listed weight138 lb (63 kg)
Career information
High schoolKennewick
(Kennewick, Washington)
College
WNBA draft2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 25th overall
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2013New York Liberty
2008–2012ASPTT Arras
2012–2013ŽKK Novi Zagreb
2013–2014Dandenong Rangers
2014–2015Sydney Uni Flames
2015Phoenix Mercury
2015–2016Adelaide Lightning
2016Washington Mystics
2016–2017Sydney Uni Flames
2017–2019Phoenix Mercury
2018–2019Canberra Capitals
2019–presentSouthside Flyers
2020–presentWashington Mystics
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Mitchell was a member of the Australian Women's basketball team (Opals) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.[6] The Opals were eliminated after losing to the USA in the quarterfinals.[7]


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