2022 WNBA All-Star Game: An early look at potential rookies as fan voting begins

The WNBA season is not even a month away, however it’s already time to start out fascinated with the 2022 All-Star Recreation. This 12 months’s occasion is scheduled for July 10 in Chicago, the place defending champion Sky will host the mid-season present for the primary time ever.

After going with Staff USA towards Staff USA final 12 months due to the Olympics, the captain’s draft format will probably be again this summer season. The 2 gamers with essentially the most fan votes will probably be captains and assemble their groups from the pool of gamers chosen to be the beginning and reserve gamers within the sport. Together with the captains, there will probably be 10 starters and 12 reserve gamers for a complete of twenty-two gamers – 11 on every staff.

As typical, starters will probably be determined by followers, media and present gamers. Followers will obtain 50 p.c of the vote, whereas each the media and gamers will account for 25 p.c. Fan voting opened on Friday, June 3, and can run by way of June 20. Then the starters will probably be introduced on June 22, whereas the reserves, chosen by the league coaches, will probably be introduced on June 28. As soon as the ultimate gamers pool was over, the draft was set reside on ESPN on July 2.

With fan voting now open, let’s check out potential newbies. We can’t delve deeper at this level given that the majority groups have not performed 10 matches but, however it’s nonetheless attention-grabbing to take an early look. Voting is separated into backcourt and frontcourt. Voters should select 4 gamers within the backcourt and 6 gamers within the entrance zone.

(Be aware: I haven’t got a vote within the media.)

again space:

  • Ryan Howard, Atlanta Dream
  • Jeel Lloyd, Seattle Storm
  • Kelsey Bloom, Las Vegas Ice
  • Jackie Younger, Las Vegas Ice

Younger (who left Thursday evening’s sport with an ankle harm, the state of affairs will probably be decided) and Bloom had been dynamite main the Aces to their finest begin to the league with a 9-2 rating. They’re fourth and fifth within the league in scoring, respectively, and are two of solely 4 gamers averaging a minimum of 18 factors, three rebounds and three assists per sport. Plus, they each shoot a minimum of 45 p.c off a three-point floor.

In the meantime, Howard defined to everybody why Dream traded for first place on this 12 months’s draft. She has had a little bit of bother adjusting to the professionals and is now eighth at 17.4 factors per sport however she performs an enormous position in the very best protection within the league.

The final guard spot the place there will probably be some dialogue now. Ultimately, Lloyd obtained approval. It might be a little bit of a fame, however it ranks sixth within the league with 18.4 factors per sport and joins Younger and Bloom as one in all 4 gamers on the membership 18/3/3.

entrance court docket:

  • Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
  • Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Hyperlinks
  • Nika Ogomec, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Brianna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Solar
  • Aja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces

Stewart, Wilson, Thomas, Ogomec and Fowles must be locks proper now, and it is onerous to think about something altering over the following few weeks.

Stewart has been wonderful since getting back from HSA, scoring 20.7 factors, 7.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals per sport. Whereas the win is not every little thing to the All-Star nods, it is price noting that Storm was 5-1 with Stewart and 0-2 with out her.

Wilson has been unimaginable main the Aces to the league’s finest report by inserting 16.8 factors, 10.1 rebounds and a pair of.4 blocks. She is one in all solely two gamers to common a double and is second within the blocks.

Thomas is totally again in her pre-injury type and has been doing a bit of little bit of every little thing for the solar on both aspect of the ball: 15.8 factors, 8.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and two steals. The one different participant to place up these numbers over the course of the season is Tamika Catchings.

Ogwumike additionally appears to be like refreshed, having been restricted to 18 video games final season. She has 18 factors and seven.5 rebounds per sport making her one in all solely 4 gamers within the high 10 in each rebounding and scoring. She additionally shoots 58.6 p.c of the sphere, which is sweet for a third-place end within the league.

As for Fowls, they do every little thing they’ll to maintain Lynx trying like a good membership. She collected 17 factors, 10.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 items per sport whereas capturing 64 p.c of the taking part in discipline. Along with main the league in rebounds share and discipline objectives, she is one in all two gamers to common a double.

There will probably be some debate in regards to the different entrance spot. The league’s expertise pool is closely skewed in direction of entrance yard gamers, and there merely will not be sufficient room for each star. Ultimately, Delle Donne made the minimize presently. Whereas she solely performed seven video games as a result of the Mystics try to guard her, she was nice when she was on the bottom: 17.9 factors, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per sport.