– All-Star Teams will be led by Co-Captains A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces) and Breanna Stewart (Seattle), who led the Fan-Voting Segment and will be paired with additional Co-Captains and Retiring Legends
Bird and Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx) –
New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu, Las Vegas’ Kelsey Plum, Jackie Young’s All-Star Debut –
– Co-captains to draw All-Star Rosters from the pool of starters and reserves
on ESPN on Saturday, July 2 at 15.00 ET –
NEW YORK, June 22, 2022 – Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird, a four-time WNBA champion and league assistant coach, has expanded his record number of All-Star picks to 13, the league announced today as the starters of the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 were unveiled on ESPN’s NBA today.
Bird, along with a trio of former Kia WNBA Most Valuable Players – Minnesota Lynx center Sylvia Fowles, Las Vegas Aces’ forward A’ja Wilson and Seattle forward Breanna Stewart – highlights the list of 10 players, including four guards and six frontcourt players from the entire WNBA, which was selected by fans, current WNBA players and media to launch in the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022.
The 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game will be played at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home of defending WNBA champion Chicago Sky, on Sunday, July 10 (ABC, dinner CT / 1 pm ET), and will be the centerpiece of a weekend full of WNBA activities.
By virtue of being the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes, Wilson and Stewart will serve as official team co-captains. They will join as co-captains of Fowles and Bird, both of whom have announced their retirement at the end of the 2022 season following legendary careers spanning nearly two decades. Bird will be mated with Wilson; Fowles will be paired with Stewart.
For icons like Sylvia and Sue to be voted into the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game as starters in their 19th.th and 15th resp. seasons are extraordinary, ”said WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. “And when you see the starting line-up packed with first-time All-Stars like Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, it seems right that Sylvia and Sue – who have said this will be their last season – join A’ja and Breanna as co-captain of an All-Star event that in some ways will symbolize the handing over of the torch to a new generation of WNBA stars. “
In addition, Engelbert Phoenix named Mercury Center Brittney Griner, who was selected to seven previous AT&T WNBA All-Star Games, an honorary All-Star and starter.
“During every season of Brittney’s career where there has been an All-Star game, she has been selected as an All-Star,” Engelbert said. “It’s not hard to imagine that if BG were here with us this season, she would be selected again and without a doubt would show her incredible talents. So it is only fitting that she be named honorary starter today and we continue to work on her safe return to the United States. ”
Participant Wilson, Stewart, and Fowles as the AT&T All-Star Game starters on the front track are the 2021 WNBA MVP Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel JonesLos Angeles Sparks’ striker Nneka Ogwumikeand Chicago Sky Forward Center Candace Parker. The starting guards are, in addition to Bird, New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu and Las Vegas Aces teammates Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young.
Voting now begins on the 12 reserves for the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022, which will be selected by the league’s head coaches, and will be announced on Tuesday, June 28th. The coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at. both positions regardless of conference. They must not vote for their own players. If for any reason a player is unable to play in the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022, a replacement player will be named to the list by Commissioner Engelbert.
The co-captains will select their respective All-Star list during ESPN’s broadcast of WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special Saturday, July 2 (15.00 ET), where you first choose from the remaining pool with eight starters and then from the pool with 12 reserves.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 Starter Pool
- Sue Bird, Storm (13th All-Star selection): Bird, who announced she will retire after the 2022 WNBA season, has been selected for more AT&T WNBA All-Star Games than any player in league history. Only Tamika Catchings and Diana Taurasi, who were each selected 10 times, have achieved double-digit elections. Bird is the league’s career leader in assists (3,122) and the game (561).
- Sylvia Fowles, Lynx (8th All-Star selection): WNBA’s career leader in total rebounds (3,835), defensive rebounds (2,743) and field goal percentage (0.598), Fowles has announced that 2022 will be her final season. The 2017 Kia WNBA MVP and two-double Finals MVP have an average of 16.5 points per game. match and a league-leading 10.3 rebounds per. match.
- Sabrina Ionescu, Liberty (1st All-Star selection): Ionescu, the No. 1 overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm makes his All-Star debut. She leads Liberty in scoring and assists with career-best numbers of 16.7 ppg and 6.1 apg. On June 12, Ionescu became the youngest player in WNBA history to record several triple-doubles in a career.
- Jonquel Jones, son (4th All-Star selection): Jones, who is the reigning Kia WNBA MVP and winner of the 2018 Kia WNBA’s sixth player of the year and 2017 Kia WNBA Most Improved Player Award, will play in the All-Star Game for the fourth time. Jones is pacing the Sun with 15.1 points per game. match and is in third place in the league with 9.4 rebounds per. match.
- Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks (7th All-Star selection): Ogwumike, the 2016 Kia WNBA MVP and champion, is also a three-time winner of the WNBA’s Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award. Ogwumike leads the Sparks in scoring (18.1 points per game) and rebounds (7.7 rebounds per game).
- Candace Parker, Sky (7th All-Star selection): Parker, who has been twice Kia WNBA MVP and twice WNBA champion, is the only player in WNBA history to have won MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season (2008). MVP for the 2013 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game, which averages 12.7 points per game. match and 8.1 rebounds, will play in front of the spectators in his hometown, Chicago.
- Kelsey Plum, esser (1st All-Star selection): Plum, the No. 1 overall 2017 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm and Kia WNBA’s sixth player of the year in 2021, will make his All-Star debut. Her career height and team leader 20.3 points per. match has helped the Aces generate the league’s No. 1 scoring offense (91.5).
- Breanna Stewart, Storm (4th All-Star selection): 2018 Kia WNBA MVP, a two-time WNBA Finals MVP and a three-time league champion, Stewart leads the WNBA with a career-high score of 21.8 points per game and contributes 7.6 rebounds per game.
- ONE‘and Wilson, Aces (4)th All-Star selection): 2020 Kia WNBA MVP and 2018 Kia WNBA Rookie of the Year play in its fourth AT&T WNBA All-Star Game in a row. She previously served as All-Star captain when Team Wilson defeated Team Delle Donne in the 2019 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game. Wilson has an average of 18.4 points per game. match and is number two in the league with 9.6 rebounds per. match.
- Jackie Young, esser (1st All-Star selection): The first overall pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, Young is one of eight overall No. 1 picks selected as starters along with Bird (2002), Parker (2008), Ogwumike (2012), Stewart (2016), Plum (2017), Wilson (2018) and Ionescu (2020). Young has an average career-best 18.2 points per game. match. Young has an average career-best 18.2 points per game. match and contributes with 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per. match.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 poll results
Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to decide starting for the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022, while current WNBA players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each. Wilson finished with a WNBA-high fan vote, followed by Stewart. For more results from fan poll, click here.
After all the votes had been counted, the players were ranked by position (guard and front court) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score was calculated by taking an average of her weighted rank from the fan votes, player votes and media votes. The four guards and six front-court players across the WNBA with the best results are named All-Star Game starters.
Fans voting served as a tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.
Below are the overall results – based on results from all three polling groups – for the top 10 in each position. Each player’s score is weighted based on 50 percent for fan vote, 25 percent for player vote and 25 percent for media vote.
|Player||Fan rang||Media ranking||Player rank||Weighted score|
|1. * Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas)||1||1||1||1.0|
|2. * Jackie Young (Las Vegas)||2||2||2||2.0|
|3. * Sabrina Ionescu (New York)||6||4||5||5.25|
|4. * Sue Bird (Seattle)||3||9||7||5.50|
|5. Jewell Loyd (Seattle)||5||10||3||5.75|
|6. Skylar Diggins-Smith (Phoenix)||4||3||14||6.25|
|7. Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas)||11||4||4||7.50|
|Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago)||8||8||8||8.00|
|Rhyne Howard (Atlanta)||9||6||9||8.25|
|Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana)||13||6||6||9.50|
|Player||Fan rang||Media ranking||Player rank||Weighted score|
|1. * A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas)||1||2||1||1.25|
|2. * Breanna Stewart (Seattle)||2||1||2||1.75|
|3. * Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota)||5||5||4||4.75|
|4. * I’m not scared (Los Angeles)||6||4||5||5.25|
|5. * Jonquel Jones (Connecticut)||8||3||3||5.50|
|6. * Candace Parker (Chicago)||3||7||13||6.50|
|Dearica Hamby (Las Vegas)||7||9||7||7.50|
|8. ^ Elena Delle Donne (Washington)||4||12||20||10.00|
|9. ^ Tina Charles (Phoenix)||9||11||11||10.00|
|10. ^ Emma Meesseman (Chicago)||11||9||9||10.00|
*– Voted to start
^ –Tiebreaker for the starting position is the highest fan vote
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