The first wave of fan votes for the 2019 WNBA All-Star game is in. The current leader is 2015 WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne with 20,337 votes. This would be Delle Donne’s sixth All-Star appearance. This season, Delle Donne is averaging 17.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.3 blocks per game for the Washington Mystics. The Mystics currently have the best record in the league at 9-3.
Rounding out the top three is two Las Vegas Aces players. In second place is 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson with 15,379 votes. Wilson made it to the All-Star game during her rookie season and is hoping to return this year. Wilson is averaging 17.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 blocks per game this season.
In third place is 2011 second overall pick Liz Cambridge with 12,756 votes. This would be Cambridge’s third All-Star appearance making it back in 2011 and, more recently, 2018. This season Cambridge is averaging 14.8 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.5 blocks per game. The Aces currently have an 8-5 record and were favorites to win the championship when the season started.
Both the Phoenix Mercury and Minnesota Lynx have two players in the top 10. For the Mercury, two-time WNBA champion DeWanna Bonner has 11,112 votes for seventh place. This would be Bronner’s third All-Star appearance in her career making it in 2015 and 2018. Bonner is averaging 20.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3,0 assists and 1.7 steals per game this season.
Also for the Mercury, is 2013 first overall pick and WNBA champion Brittney Griner with 10,668 votes for eighth place. This would be Griner’s sixth All-Star appearance in her seven-year career. This season, Griner is averaging 17.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.0 blocks per game. Phoenix currently sits at a .500-win percentage with a 5-5 record.
Napheesa Collier, 2019 sixth overall pick, would be representing the Minnesota Lynx with 10,543 votes for ninth place. This would be Collier’s first All-Star appearance in her career, and it would be coming in her rookie year. Collier is averaging 12.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game this season. Collier is also getting things done on the defensive end for Minnesota this season with 1.7 steals and one block per game.
Also, for the Lynx is two-time WNBA champion and Finals MVP Sylvia Fowles with 10,190 votes for 10th place. This would be Fowles’s sixth All-Star appearance in her career. Fowles has been in the league for 12 years. This season Fowles is averaging 14.4 points, 9.5 rebounds, and one assist. Fowles is also a three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year award winner, and this season she is averaging 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. Minnesota currently has 7-6 record.
Three-time WNBA champion and two-time Finals MVP Diana Taurasi has 6,762 votes which would put her in the top 20 for total votes. However, Taurasi has not played in one game this season due to having surgery before the season started, repairing a bulging disk in her vertebrae. On July 1, Taurasi was cleared for full contact and could play as early as July 5, when the Mercury takes on the New York Liberty.
In the top 20 for total votes, both Las Vegas and the Los Angeles Sparks have four players each. Phoenix has three players, with Washington, Minnesota and the Seattle Storm with two players each. Then New York, the Chicago Sky and the Connecticut Sun have one player each.
The WNBA All-Star game is on July 27, at 3:30 p.m. EST on ABC, voting ends on July 9 at 2 p.m. EST. Team Captains, along with starters, will be revealed on July 11, while the reserves will be announced on July 15.