Ebony Hoffman is an integral part of the Los Angeles Sparks history and a true example of what it means to be Rooted in LA.
Hoffman was born August 27, 1982, and is Los Angeles born and raised. The 6’2 forward played at the University of Southern California from 2000-2004. Following her collegiate campaign, Hoffman was drafted in the first-round, ninth overall to the Indiana Fever. During her time with the Fever, she was voted the 2008 WNBA Most Improved Player. She played for Indiana from 2004 until 2010 when she finally returned home to her roots.
Hoffman landed back in Los Angeles in free agency where she stayed until 2014. In her first season with the Sparks, she played a big role off the bench, where she averaged 7.5 points, 4.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, and 1.1 steals. She shot 43.7% from the field, 42.9% from three, and 84.4% from the free-throw line. Hoffman also finished 6th in the league in three-point field goal percentage at 42.9%.
Hoffman played 87 games, putting up 4.7 points and 2.9 rebounds per game for the Sparks. She also finished shooting 42.1% from the field, 33.7% from three, and 84.4% from the free-throw line.
The Sparks continued to improve as Hoffman began to develop her role. Throughout her three seasons with the team, the team had a 63-39 (.619) overall record and finished 15-19, 24-10, and 24-10 in their respective seasons.
Hoffman put up highs of 24 points on July 26, 2011 against the Lynx, nine rebounds on June 3, 2011 also against the Lynx, and four assists on July 11, 2013 against the Tulsa Shock.
Ebony Hoffman finished her WNBA career averaging 5.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.1 assists, while shooting 41.1% from the field, 34.5% from three, and 83.6% from the line.
While her time with the Sparks was only three years, the LA native left a mark on the team.