The WNBA announced its 10 All-Star Game starters on Wednesday, with A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm named team co-captains after getting the most votes among fan ballots.
The eight other starters for the game at Chicago on July 10 include Sue Bird of the Storm, Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx, Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty, Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun, Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and Candace Parker of the Chicago Sky, along with Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young of the Aces.
The WNBA also announced Wednesday that Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner was named an honorary starter for the WNBA All-Star Game next month in Chicago. Griner, a seven-time All-Star, was arrested in Russia in February and has been detained there since.
Bird, who is set to retire at the end of the season and is making her 13th All-Star Game appearance, will be a co-captain on Wilson’s team, while Fowles, an eight-time All-Star will be a co-captain with Stewart.
The co-captains will draft the remainder of their teams July 2.
A total of 12 reserve All-Stars will be selected by league head coaches and announced Tuesday. The reserves also will be selected to their teams via draft by the co-captains.
Stewart leads the WNBA at 21.8 points per game, while Plum is second at 20.3. Fowles leads the league at 10.3 rebounds, while Wilson is second at 9.6, and Jones is third at 9.4. Of the 10 starters, Bird leads with 6.2 assists per game, while Ionescu has 6.1. They are third and fourth in the league respectively.
Ionescu, Plum and Young all are making their first WNBA All-Star Game appearance.
–Field Level Media