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

The WNBA season is not even a month away, but it surely’s already time to begin serious about the 2022 All-Star Sport. 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 Group USA towards Group 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 recreation. Together with the captains, there will probably be 10 starters and 12 reserve gamers for a complete of twenty-two gamers – 11 on every group.

As traditional, 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 via 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 stay 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 almost all groups have not performed 10 matches but, but it surely’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.

(Word: 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 night time’s recreation with an ankle damage, the scenario 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 at the least 18 factors, three rebounds and three assists per recreation. Plus, they each shoot at the least 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 recreation however she performs an enormous position in one of the best protection within the league.

The final guard spot the place there will probably be some dialogue now. Ultimately, Lloyd bought approval. It could be a little bit of a status, but it surely ranks sixth within the league with 18.4 factors per recreation and joins Younger and Bloom as certainly one of 4 gamers on the membership 18/3/3.

entrance courtroom:

  • 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 ought to be locks proper now, and it is arduous to think about something altering over the subsequent few weeks.

Stewart has been glorious since coming back from HSA, scoring 20.7 factors, 7.5 rebounds, three assists, and three steals per recreation. Whereas the win is not every part to the All-Star nods, it is value noting that Storm was 5-1 with Stewart and 0-2 with out her.

Wilson has been unbelievable main the Aces to the league’s finest document by putting 16.8 factors, 10.1 rebounds and a pair of.4 blocks. She is certainly one of solely two gamers to common a double and is second within the blocks.

Thomas is totally again in her pre-injury kind and has been doing somewhat little bit of every part 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 seems to be refreshed, having been restricted to 18 video games final season. She has 18 factors and seven.5 rebounds per recreation making her certainly one of solely 4 gamers within the prime 10 in each rebounding and scoring. She additionally shoots 58.6 p.c of the sphere, which is nice for a third-place end within the league.

As for Fowls, they do every part they’ll to maintain Lynx wanting like a good membership. She collected 17 factors, 10.9 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.4 items per recreation whereas capturing 64 p.c of the taking part in area. Along with main the league in rebounds share and area targets, she is certainly one of 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 reduce 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 recreation.