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It’s official: Sam Thomas on 2022 Phoenix Mercury roster

Phoenix Mercury graphic showing Sam Thomas as part of the Phoenix Mercury’s opening-game roster

Sam Thomas was determined to continue her career in the WNBA and overseas.

Starting every possible game with Arizona in her career from 2017-18 to this season — an incredible 127 games — Thomas is one who can meet her challenges.

“I will still be playing basketball (hopefully) so it’s not my career ending that I am sad about,” Thomas wrote in her “Sam’s Corner” column after Arizona’s season came to an end in March. “It’s my team and these fans and the excitement of a gameday, leading up to tip off.”

She will live that thrill now in the WNBA with the Phoenix Mercury when the regular season starts Friday against the Las Vegas Aces in the Footprint Center at Phoenix.

Thomas has earned a spot on the Mercury’s regular-season roster following a successful training camp.

Tina Charles Instagram story post about her Phoenix Mercury teammate Sam Thomas making the “actual” team

Thomas and the Mercury tweeted the news on Thursday with an additional anouncment by Thomas that she is also completing her last day of graduate school at Arizona on Friday.

Thomas will join former Arizona teammate Aari McDonald on the WNBA’s opening game rosters. McDonald is entering her second year with the Atlanta Dream after she was a first-round draft pick (third overall) last year.

With Thomas and McDonald on WNBA rosters, it is the first time since the 2003 season that more than one Arizona player was in the professional league at the same time.

Adia Barnes, the coach of Thomas and McDonald at Arizona, and Elizabeth Pickney, Tatum Brown and Felecity Willis were in the WNBA at the same time in 2003 — Barnes with the Seattle Storm, Pickney with the Mercury and Brown and Willis with the Washington Mystics.

Arizona’s WNBA Draft Picks

Adia Barnes (1995-98)
Sacramento Monarchs (Round 4, Pick 33) – 1998

Sacramento Monarchs (1998)
Minnesota Lynx (1999-00)
Cleveland Rockers (2000-01)
Seattle Storm (2002-04)

Marte Alexander (1995-98)
Los Angeles Sparks (Round 3, Pick 47) – 2000

Los Angeles Sparks (2000)
Charlotte Sting (2001)

Reshea Bristol (1998-2001)
Charlotte Sting (Round 4, Pick 50) – 2001

Charlotte Sting (2001)

LaKeisha Taylor (1999-2002)
Indiana Fever (Round 4, Pick 49) – 2002

Indiana Fever (2002)

Elizabeth Pickney (1999-2002)
Sacramento Monarchs (Round 4, Pick 60) – 2002

Sacramento Monarchs (2002)
Phoenix Mercury (2003)

Dee-Dee Wheeler (2000-05)
Los Angeles Sparks (Round 2, Pick 26) – 2005

Los Angeles Sparks (2005)

Ify Ibekwe (2007-11)
Seattle Storm (Round 2, Pick 24) – 2011

Seattle Storm (2011)
Los Angeles Sparks (2017)

Davellyn Whyte (2009-13)
San Antonio Silver Stars (Round 2, Pick 16) – 2013

San Antonio Stars (2013)

Aari McDonald (2017-21)
Atlanta Dream (Round 1, Pick 3) – 2021

Atlanta Dream (2021-present)

Undrafted players

Tatum Brown (1999-2000)
Cleveland Rockers (2002)
Washington Mystics (2003)

Margo Clark (1991-93)
Sacramento Monarchs (1997)

Bonnie Dove (1993-94)
Cleveland Rockers (1997 & 2001)

Angela Lackey (1999-2000)
Charlotte Sting (2002)

DeAngela Minter (1995-98)
Detroit Shock (1998)

Felecity Willis (1997-2000)
Los Angeles Sparks (2000)
Charlotte Sting (2001)
Washington Mystics (2003)

Sam Thomas (2017-22)
Phoenix Mercury (2022)

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