The 22-player roster is set for the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game, with the game’s 12 reserve players – selected by the league’s coaches – announced Tuesday.
The two teams – led by captains Aja Wilson And the Brianna Stewartthe heads of all of them So Bird And the Silvia Fowles – They will draft rosters from the pool on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app). Wilson and Stewart were named captains after receiving the most fan votes. The WNBA named Bird and Fowls, who announced their retirement at the end of the 2022 season, alongside them.
will be joining them Skylar Diggins SmithAnd the Courtney Vanderslot And the Joel Lloyda group of All-Stars for the second time and the first timer, Atlanta Dream non-veteran Ryan HowardThis year’s first draft.
ESPN’s Michel Voibel, Alexa Filippo and Kevin Bilton – all of whom were media all-star voters – share their thoughts on the biggest complainers, who should have been rookies and the 22-plus players selected. The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game airs July 10 (1 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN app)
What is the All-Star’s biggest problem, and who will he replace on the current roster?
Michel Voebel: Indiana fever Protect Kelsey Mitchell (19.2 PPG) is the only player among the current top eight goalscorers in the WNBA who is not on the list. She is currently ranked 4th in PPG, tied for 12th in APG (4.1) and shoots 40.2% from a 3-point range. If those numbers hold up all season, she will be the best of her five-year WNBA career.
Mitchell plays last in Fever, and it’s hard to make a case for her over other reserve guards for reasons not related to whether Mitchell is good enough to be an All-Star. she is. But As Shawn Heard from Andscape wrote recently, she chose to stay on the course in Indiana and try to rebuild the franchise. If it costs her some honors now, she hopes the reward will be completing the job.
Alexa Filippo: I believed Alisha Gray He had a great argument for earning the All-Star spot. The six-year-old veteran has a career best season, averaging 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds to go along with her usual solid defense. Its accuracy of 43.0% out of 3 (5.2 attempts per game) is second in the league among players who have attempted at least three times per game, only behind them. Jacky Young.
Furthermore, advanced stats show its value for Dallas Suites: She tied for fifth in the league with 3.0 arrows to win in the Her Hoop stats, and Dallas outperformed her opponents by 14.9 points per 100 possessions while on the floor (second highest mark on the team behind her) Tierra McEwan). Both numbers are marginally better than his teammate’s and all-star reserves Eric Ogunpoel (2.3, 10.5).
Kevin Bilton: Elena Delle Donne. I voted for Daily Dawn as one of my starters, so I was shocked that she wasn’t chosen by the coaches. Yes, she was not one of the 10 most valuable players in the league this season due to the number of games she missed due to a minor injury and the planned rest. But when I played, Delle Donne was as good as anyone outside of the MVP nominees (she ranked sixth in my wins above the substitute player scale on a per-game basis). And the last time she was healthy before that, she was the best player and she led Sophia Washington to an address. As long as she’s healthy, Delle Donne is always the all-star in my book.
What is the biggest surprise in the all-star lists?
Filippo: I am always fascinated by seeing the discrepancies between how fans, media, players and coaches vote. Players were much lower in Diggins-Smith, Candice Parker Dolly Dawn is a fan and media fan. Meanwhile, fans were less in Ogunbowale, Mitchell and Jonquil Jones of media and players. Mitchell, Tina Charles And Delle Donne were all in the top ten in the three groups voting for their positions – but none of them got the coaches’ approval.
As for what is supposed to be a showcase of league talent, does it seem appropriate that one of the twelve teams should not be represented, especially when two teams make up more than a third of the selections – and when it is not in fact does that force the inclusion of a player from that elite team (i.e. Mitchell)? This renews the old debate about what all-stars should make up (especially compared to All-WNBA teams, for example). But perhaps the fan vote should be taken into account when choosing reserves as well as beginners.
Pelton: Diana Taurasi Do not do it. In terms of subject matter, this could have happened either way. I didn’t have her on my All-Star list when we picked her up On the HerHoopStats podcast last week. However, this is Diana Torassi, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. The only time she qualified for the All-Star Game and was not selected was in 2019, when she played only six matches due to injury.
Voepel: The league may wish to have a conversation with the federation about the players’ vote. While there are players who do their due diligence to fill out their ballot papers, others do not, and may only list their teammates. Players are included in the voting board because they obviously know the names of the people whose names always appear in scouting reports and who have the hardest time guarding or scoring, etc. But not taking the vote seriously negates their experience. Some do not vote at all.
Having said that, there was nothing really amazing on the shortlist, although it’s somewhat surprising that the coaches didn’t pick Delle Donne or Torassi – if not both. Because at their best they are still elite. A fan vote will likely be included in the reserves.
What reserve should have been a start?
Pelton: Diggins Smith. It’s been a disappointing season for Mercury, but I was still in shock that Diggins-Smith ranked 14th among the guards in the players’ vote, making it an below average starter. We’re talking about one of the most accomplished point guards in WNBA history, and it’s not like we don’t have proof that she could help her team win: She led Diggins-Smith Phoenix to the Finals just nine months ago.
Voepel: Diggins Smith. She is way above the 14th goalkeeper in the league and everyone knows that. It really showed that something was shaky about player voting – including voter turnout, if you will.
Filippo: Emma Mesman That was a huge factor in the success of Chicago’s regular season this summer, but if you’re looking to start with just one player from Chicago, I don’t hate Candice Parker getting the nod ahead of her—especially since this could be Parker’s last season in the WNBA.
I also think the sun Briona Jones She is still underestimated in this league, even after winning the Player of the Year award last season and looking to lock in a potential Woman of the Year in 2022. She ranked second in win stakes, according to Her Hoop stats, second only to Breanna Stewart .
What was the first time you liked all-stars this season?
Pelton: Kelsey Bloomunless I was expecting Sabrina Ionescu To finally reach this level of play. In Bloom’s case, it’s even more surprising that we’ve reached new heights two years after a serious Achilles tendon injury. to me AcesPlame’s transfer from the bench to the starting lineup continued to unleash the goal-scoring ability that made her the all-time NCAA record scorer who knocked out Washington number one in 2017.
Voepel: We thought Ionescu’s #1 pick for 2020 could be an all-star talent right away. But after losing most of her rookie year to a serious ankle injury, she’s now really on her way. Candice Parker recently cited Ionescu, the college triple-double leader in Oregon, as an example of a player who can make the WNBA triple-doubles seem almost routine. Ionescu has tripled this year and has been close by three more times. It is very likely that she will have more before the season ends.
Filippo: All of them. But if I had to talk about just one, I would highlight Ryan Howard, the only rookie on the team. Although she and Atlanta Dream He has calmed down a bit in recent weeks, as 16.2 points (league top 15) on 37.3% shots, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals per competition sums up how strong a debut season has been for the 2022 No. 1 pick.
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