Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner will start the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game.
The WNBA All-Star Game will take place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas on July 27.
This is Griner’s sixth All-Star Game appearance since she entered the league in 2013.
The only All-Star Game that she didn’t play in was in 2017 when she was sidelined by ankle and knee injuries.
Diana Taurasi, the Mercury’s other perennial All-Star and the league’s all-time leading scorer, was not named among the starters.
Back surgery in June has caused her to miss the first several months of the season. While Taurasi is practicing, she has not played in a game this season.
Griner has picked up the team’s scoring load in Taurasi’s absence, averaging 20 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.2 blocks per game while shooting 53.4%.
Washington Mystics center Elena Delle Donne and Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson were the top vote-getters and will serve as captains and pick the teams.
Delle Donne had 32,460 fan votes, followed by Wilson with 26,475.
Starters were determined by fan vote (50%), current WNBA players (25%) and media members (25%).
The 12 remaining reserves will be selected by WNBA coaches and announced July 15. Coaches are not allowed to select their own players.
Here is a list of the other starters:
- Liz Cambage, Las Vegas Aces
- Natasha Howard, Seattle Storm
- A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
- Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm
- Kayla McBride, Las Vegas Aces
- Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles Sparks
- Elena Delle Donne, Washington Mystics
- Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
- Kia Nurse, New York Liberty
- Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury
Phoenix Mercury at Connecticut Sun, 5 p.m. Friday, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Conn. — After dominant performance from Griner helped lead the Mercury past the Washington Mystics Wednesday, 91-68, the team will look to put together its second three-game win streak this season with a victory against the Connecticut Sun on Friday. The Mercury (7-6) will hope depth scoring, like the 18-point performance they saw from Briann January in their Wednesday victory, can lead them past the Sun (9-6), who are in the midst of a five-game losing skid.
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