On October 17, 2007, the Atlanta Dream became a reality, when then-WNBA President Donna Orender announced that the city of Atlanta had been awarded a WNBA franchise, becoming the league's 14th team.
On April 9, 2008 the Atlanta Dream selected Tamera Young from James Madison University with their first draft (No. 8 overall) in franchise history.
On March 20, 2012, Angel McCoughtry was named to the 2012 U.S. Olympic team, and helped the squad win a gold medal in London.
Angel McCoughtry, Shoni Schimmel & Erika de Souza are named to the 2014 WNBA Eastern Conference All-Star Team.
On September 9, 2015, Dream Head Coach Michael Cooper picked up his 200th career win. Cooper became the fifth coach in WNBA history to reach 200 wins.
On April 7, 2016, Angel McCoughtry was named to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team.