The roster for the non-Olympic All-Star team was announced by the WNBA on Wednesday. Here it is:
Let’s take a look at these 12 deserving stars, seven of whom are first All-Stars.
DeWanna Bonner (fourth)
16.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 3.7 apg
Bonner started the season with 20-point games. After the second of these, a 27-point effort on May 16, Sun coach Curt Miller called her an “overshadowed superstar” and said Sun fans were “really going to be entertained by her.” Bonner has cooled down a bit, but her numbers in the three main categories remain high, making her one of the most versatile contributors in the league. She also recently rebounded with 25 points, 13 rebounds and six assists on June 22nd. She followed a great season by keeping the Sun near the top of the league.
Liz Cambage (fourth)
Las Vegas Aces
14.8 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 1.8 bpg
Cambage was number 4 on Swish Appeal’s Top 30 lights entered the season but sacrificed an amazing score for the improvement of her team. The Aces attack runs through A’ja Wilson and Cambage do whatever it takes to win. She is a deserving All-Star because of her contribution to the very successful season of Vegas and because her score and setback are still very good, even if the score is not obvious.
Kahleah Copper (first)
13.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.2 spg
Copper got off to a hot start and looks like the go-scorer for the Sky with 42 points in her first two games of the season. She still remains Chicago’s leading scorer, even though their points are very balanced. Copper has had an amazing season with similar numbers and is part of winning basketball in Chicago.
Dearica Hamby (first)
Las Vegas Aces
11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Hamby brings a ton in terms of defense and intangible things and is a major contributor to one of the best teams in the league. She had a few outbursts at the end of May with more than 20 times against each other. The two-time reigning defensive player of the year, who is coming off the bench again this year, is finally getting recognition as one of the best players in the league.
Brionna Jones (first)
14.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 spg
B. Jones had an outbreak season in 2020 and became a major contributor. Now she’s a legitimate star who filled in as Alyssa Thomas’ absence as the third big-three member. She started on a late hot streak before the All-Star poll ended which helped her campaign. Her three 20-point games this year all took place in the second half of June. In a league where arithmetic is now the norm, B. Jones is a very productive and efficient traditional big player who is one of the best scorers in the league. This All-Star bid may be just the beginning for her.
Jonquel Jones (third)
21.7 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.6 spg, 1.2 bpg
J. Jones is one of the forerunners of the MVP if you miss the time she missed playing in EuroBasket. Before this season, she was last seen by WNBA fans wreaking havoc in the 2019 final, and is expected to be an MVP candidate this year after missing the dispute. She was as good as we could expect and shot, in addition to her good averages, 49 percent from outside the arc, good for second place in the league.
Betnijah Laney (first)
New York Liberty
19.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.3 apg
Laney’s rise to stardom was well documented. She was the improved player in 2020 after raising her average score from 5.6 to 17.2. Now she’s a superstar and even an MVP candidate who sets up the help numbers of an All-Star point guard. She scored at least 20 points in each of her first eight games and contributed to them winning the entire season and helping the Liberty turn things around.
Arike Ogunbowale (first)
20.3 ppg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg
Ogunbowale almost made it to the Olympics and, since she did not, he is going to be one of the top players in this All-Star team that could be crucial in giving the chance to win against the best players in the world. She can score in so many different ways, so it can be trusted that she will set up something substantial in almost every game, even if she is not at her best. She has scored more than 20 points 20 times this season and scored her first 30-point game on June 26th. She also gave us a winner of the contest on June 6th.
Candace Parker (fifth)
12.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.1 bpg
Parker has only played nine games so far, but talks about valuable. The Sky is with her 8-1 and she fills the state as usual. By her standards, 12.2 points per game is not a ton, but the 8.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists are an example of her versatility. She’s the most recognizable player on this roster and it’s just not an All-Star Game without her.
Satou Sabally (first)
13.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg
Sabally has only played in ten games this season, but the numbers are there. They are very similar to last year, so she has not yet taken the big leap she was expecting, but see if that will happen in the second half of the season. Dallas has had many players perform to contribute to its turnaround, and Marina Mabrey’s performances may be better than those of Sabally, but it is Sabally’s steady presence that will be at the All-Star Game.
Courtney Vandersloot (third)
11.7 ppg, 8.5 apg, 2 spg
Vandersloot’s numbers are lower than in a 2020 season where some asked her to win the MVP award. But she is still in the position to lead the league for the fifth consecutive season as she is Chelsea Gray ahead at the moment. Her series of four-straight points-assists doubles from June 15 to June 22 was definitely worthy of the All-Star.
Courtney Williams (first)
17.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg
Williams was not on the Top 30 list of Swish Appeal entering the season, but she may now be a Top 15 player. She has a match to drop the heads, and she makes the best of her best at the age of 27. Her bouncing numbers were very good for a guard during her career and that has not changed. Meanwhile, her points, assists and steals per game are at least equal to a career high.