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Starting lineups for the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game announced

Published on July 11, 2017

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Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm joins five former WNBA MVPs in the 10 players selected by fans, WNBA players and media to start in the 2017 WNBA All-Star game. With her 10th All-Star selection, Bird is tied with Tamika Catchings for the most in WNBA history.

The Minnesota Lynx’s Cheryl Reeve will serve as the West head coach and New York’s Bill Laimbeer will guide the East after the Lynx and Liberty finished with the best regular-season records in their respective conferences in 2016.

The All -Star game will be nationally televised by ABC on Saturday, July 25 at 3:30 p.m. ET

Eastern Conference Starters

  • Tina Charles, Liberty: A five-time All-Star selection, this marks the third time the 2012 league MVP is an All-Star starter (2011, 2015).  She has been an All-Star with both Connecticut and New York.
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics: In her first season with Washington, the 2015 WNBA MVP earns her fourth All-Star selection, all as a starter.  The overall leading vote-getter in 2013 and 2015, she was sidelined by injury for the 2013 and 2014 All-Star Games.  Her first three selections were as a member of the Sky.
  • Tiffany Hayes, Dream: The first-time All-Star earned the most votes among East guards from all three voting groups.  She is averaging career highs of 16.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun: Before the season, the 23-year-old from the Bahamas was voted by WNBA general managers as the player most likely to have a breakout year.  With 201 rebounds through 17 games, the first-time All-Star is on pace to top Charles’ single-season record for total rebounds (398 in 2010).
  • Jasmine Thomas, Sun: A first-time All-Star selection in her seventh season, Thomas previously played for Washington and Atlanta.  She is averaging career highs of 15.0 points and 5.2 assists.

Western Conference Starters

  • Sue Bird, Storm: The 10-time All-Star selection was voted to the starting lineup for the eighth time overall and for the first time since 2011.  In her most recent All-Star appearances, she was added to the West roster in 2014 as a replacement player and was named as a reserve in 2015.  Her first All-Star appearance and starting nod came in her rookie season of 2002.
  • Sylvia Fowles, Lynx: The Western Conference Player of the Month in May and June earns her fourth All-Star selection.  This marks her third starting nod and first All-Star selection with the Lynx after representing Chicago three times.
  • Maya Moore, Lynx: The 2014 WNBA MVP and 2013 Finals MVP is a five-time All-Star selection, all as a starter.  She was named 2015 All-Star Game MVP after scoring a record 30 points.
  • Candace Parker, Sparks: The two-time WNBA MVP (2008, 2013) and reigning Finals MVP earns her fourth selection, all as starter.  After missing the 2011 All-Star Game due to injury, Parker made her All-Star debut in 2013 and scored a then-record 23 points in an MVP performance.
  • Diana Taurasi, Mercury: The 2009 regular-season MVP and two-time Finals MVP (2009, 2014) became the WNBA’s career points leader last month.  A three-time WNBA champion, Taurasi is an eight-time All-Star selection, all as a starter.

Moore was the overall leading vote-getter among fans (32,866).  She was followed by Delle Donne (31,414), Parker (29,133), Fowles (24,904) and Bird (24,841).

Fan voting served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.  Parker (29,133 fan votes) won the tiebreaker with Sparks teammate Nneka Ogwumike (21,975) for the third starting spot among West frontcourt players.

The All-Star reserves, who will be selected by the Eastern and Western Conference head coaches, will be announced on Tuesday, July 18 during ESPN2’s telecast of the Storm and the Chicago Sky (9 p.m. ET).

 

This post is part of the thread: 2017 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


 

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