LAS VEGAS (February 2, 2018) — Las Vegas Aces President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach Bill Laimbeer announced today the signing of veteran post players Tamera Young and Carolyn Swords.
“There isn’t a harder working player in the WNBA than Tamera Young,” said Laimbeer. “She leads by example in that category, and gives us a veteran to help with our young team. We need a bigger emphasis on defense, and Tamera is an outstanding defender.”
A 10-year WNBA veteran, Young had one of the best years of her career in 2017. Splitting time between the Atlanta Dream and Chicago Sky, she averaged 8.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and a career-high 1.9 assists.
A graduate of James Madison, Young has played in 305 games during her WNBA career, and boasts career averages of 7.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
The Dream originally selected Young with the eighth pick in the first round of the 2008 WNBA Draft. She was traded to the Sky on August 12, 2009 in exchange for guard Armintie Price. After eight years with Chicago, Young was traded back to Atlanta on July 31, 2017, along with Imani McGee-Stafford and a 2018 second round pick, for Atlanta’s 2018 first round draft pick.
“I coached Carolyn in New York and she is a quality person and a great teammate,” said Laimbeer. “She does whatever is asked of her. The league gets bigger every year, and Carolyn gives us the size to match up against the Griners and Fowles in the league.”
A five-year veteran of the WNBA, Sword was selected in the second round (no. 15 overall) of the 2011 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky. She played three years with the Sky before signing with the New York Liberty as a free agent prior to the 2015 campaign.
Swords enjoyed the best years of her career with the Liberty. In 2015, she averaged 5.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game, ranking 29th in the WNBA in rebounding and 25th in blocked shots. The following season, she started all 34 games averaging career-highs of 5.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocked shots, ranking 26th in the league in blocked shots and 28th in rebounding. She also shot 57.1 percent from the field that season.
The Las Vegas Aces tips off its first season of WNBA competition at Mandalay Bay Events Center this May. Season ticket deposits are being accepted online through early February, with flex plans, group tickets and individual ticket purchasing opportunities to follow. For additional information about the Aces please visit aces.WNBA.com or follow on social media via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.