The 2019 WNBA All-Star game is hitting Las Vegas on July 27th. I’m HYPED. This is an interesting season where the defending champions have their 2 star players out with injuries yet Seattle continues to compete at a high level.
Former All-Stars like Skyler Diggins and Maya Moore have taken the year off so there’s room for new blood to enter the game.
Let’s just run through the 10 starters because if I get into the reserves, it’s going to end up being the entire New York Liberty roster so let me pretend to be unbiased for a second.
Let’s start with the 6 frontcourt starters:
Elena Delle Donne.
I mean duh. EDD is the best player on the best team in the WNBA. The Mystics are outscoring opponents by 11.7 points per 100 possessions. Delle Donne has taken a bit of a step back in regards to carrying the team’s scoring load but that has more to do with her teammates stepping up and almost nothing to do with her own skill set diminishing in any way.
Again, duh. Tina Charles is an automatic bucket. The New York Liberty are one of the biggest surprises in the season as they’ve already matched their 2018 win total. It’s July. Charles is 2nd in the league with 18.8 points per game. Send her to Vegas.
The Storm are without Breana Stewart. They are without Megan Rapinoe’s wife. They are without Jewel Lloyd. Andddd they’re still 8-8 very much in the playoff picture with Natasha Howard carrying the team on her back.
The Connecticut Suns are right on the Washington Mystics ass competing at the top of the Eastern Conference and Jonquel Jones has thrown her name into the MVP hat. !5.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
Sooo, I’m quickly realizing that just picking 6 front court players is a bitch because there are two spots left and about 7 players deserving of a spot, including two on the Las Vegas Aces. Going to give the edge to A’Ja Wilson though as she is consistently the best player on the Aces. Plus, Lz Cambage will be there anyway DJing the event so why waste a roster spot on her.
Again, this was an impossible decision as I am a DeWanna Bonner stan but I’m sure she’ll make the reserve roster. It’s time we put some respect on Britney Griner’s name. She’s leading the league as the only woman averaging 20 points a game. Plus, she’ll probably dunk. Dunks are dope.
And now onto the backcourt:
New rule: if you shoot 48% from three, you’re an automatic All-Star. I’m aware she’s only played 15 games and the sample size is small but everyone has played around 15 games. They’re not shooting 48% from three.
This is a ‘what have you done for me lately’ world and Gray just recorded the 9th triple-double in WNBA history recently so yea, let her show off in the All-Star game.
One of the many deserving Liberty players but the second year guard saw New York draft Asia Durr and came out ready to fight for minutes. Her scoring has leaped from 9 points a game in her rookie campaign to 16 points per game this year.
Can’t leave the Lynx out of this discussion entirely. The Lynx are a shell of their former selves with Maya Moore, Rebekkah Brunson and Lindsay Whalen gone but Sims is keeping the Lynx in the playoff hunt. Death. Taxes. The Lynx in the playoffs.