WNBA All-Star Preview
The WNBA All-Star game is back in Las Vegas and is being held on July 15 at 8:30 p.m. EST. The teams selected by captains A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart are certain to make it a great one.
A’ja Wilson notably selected all of her Las Vegas Aces teammates: Chelsea Gray and Jackie Young will be in the starting lineup and Kelsey Plum will be coming off the bench. The Aces are the number one team in the league, and having four of their starters will make Team Wilson a force to be reckoned with. Wilson also selected fellow South Carolina Gamecocks Allisha Gray and Aliyah Boston. This will be Gray’s first all-star game as she is having a career year with her new team the Atlanta Dream, averaging 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 3.17 assists per game. Boston’s consistent greatness and efficiency, averaging 15 points on 61.88% shooting, has earned her a starting spot in the all-star game as just a rookie.
Arike Ogunbowale, the Dallas Wing's all-time leading scorer, has also earned this honor averaging 21.79 points and 4.42 assists this season. Rounding out Team Wilson are DeWanna Bonner and Alyssa Thomas who have led the Connecticut Sun to the second-best record in the league, and Cheyanne Parker who has been averaging just under 15 points and 8 rebounds for the Atlanta Dream. Elena Delle Donne was also selected but will be replaced due to injury.
There is no lack of talent over on Team Stewart, as well as several reunions for former teammates. Once a powerful duo for the Seattle Storm, Stewart selected her former teammate Jewell Loyd who is having a career year, averaging 24 points. Also having a career year is Satou Sabally, who has dealt with injury all throughout her WNBA career. Finally healthy, she has played a career-high 18 games this season and is averaging a career-high 17.47 points.
Rounding out the starters are Brittney Griner, who has made an impressive return to the court, and Nneka Ogwumike, the glue of the Los Angeles Sparks. For her reserves, Stewart selected her New York Liberty teammates Sabrina Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot and former Seattle Storm teammate Ezi Magbegor. Additionally, she selected Kahleah Copper and Kelsey Mitchell, the leading scorers for their respective teams.
In the 2022 All-Star game, Team Wilson beat Team Stewart 134-112. You can watch them battle once again on July 15 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ABC. The three-point contest and skills challenge will be taking place on July 14 at 4:00 p.m. EST on ESPN. There will also be a WNBA Live fan festival at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on both Friday and Saturday. You can find details for all the festivities here.