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Starters for the 2019 All-Star Game announced, Elena Delle Donne and A’ja Wilson named team captains

Published on July 11, 2019

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Washington’s Elena Delle Donne and Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson lead the list of players selected by fans, WNBA players and media to start in the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game. As the two players who finished with the most fan votes, Delle Donne and Wilson will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.

Las Vegas head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington head coach Mike Thibault are the head coaches for the game.

Team Delle Donne and Team Wilson will face off Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas at 3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. local time. ABC will televise the game.

Head coaches will select 12 reserves who will be announced on Monday, July 15. Per the league “coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. They may not vote for their own players.”

The All-Star Starter Pool:

  • Liz Cambage, Aces (3rd All-Star selection)
  • Elena Delle Donne, Mystics (6th All-Star selection)
  • Chelsea Gray, Sparks (3rd All-Star selection)
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury (6th All-Star selection)
  • Natasha Howard, Storm (1st All-Star selection)
  • Jonquel Jones, Sun (2nd All-Star selection)
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm (2nd All-Star selection)
  • Kayla McBride, Aces (3rd All-Star selection)
  • Kia Nurse, Liberty (1st All-Star selection)
  • A’ja Wilson, Aces (2nd All-Star selection)

Overall voting and score results

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the votes to determine the starters. Scores are based on results from all three voting groups for the top finishers at 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. The formula to determine a player’s score is (Fan Rank * 2 + Player Rank + Media Rank)/4. Fan voting served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.  Griner (17,217 fan votes) won the tiebreaker with Mercury teammate DeWanna Bonner (17,138) for a starting frontcourt spot.

GUARDS

Player Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1. *Kayla McBride (Las Vegas)      2      2      2      2.0
2. *Jewell Loyd (Seattle)      1      6      1      2.25
3. *Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles)      3      1      5      3.0
4. *Kia Nurse (New York)      4      6      3      4.25
5. Odyssey Sims (Minnesota)      7      3      3      5.0
6. Kristi Toliver (Washington)      5      5      12      6.75
7. Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago)      8      4      15      8.75
8. Diamond DeShields (Chicago)      9      9      8      8.75
9. Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas)      6     13      12      9.25
10. Diana Taurasi (Phoenix)     10     13      7      10.0

FRONTCOURT

Player Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1. *Elena Delle Donne (Washington)      1      1      5      2.0
2. *A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas)      2      4      1      2.25
3. *Natasha Howard (Seattle)      6      3      1      4.0
4. *Jonquel Jones (Connecticut)      7      2      3      4.75
5. *Liz Cambage (Las Vegas)      3      9      11      6.5
6. *^Brittney Griner (Phoenix)      9      5      6      7.25
7. ^DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix)      10      6      3      7.25
8. Candace Parker (Los Angeles)      5      12      9      7.75
9. Napheesa Collier (Minnesota)      4      12      13      8.25
10. Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota)      8      8      10      8.5

*–Voted to start
^–Tiebreaker for starting spot is highest fan vote

This post is part of the thread: 2019 WNBA Season – an ongoing story on this site. View the thread timeline for more context on this post.


 

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