WNBA All-Star Starters Announced

Lawrence Kim
July 12, 2017

Duke University alumna Jasmine Thomas of the Connecticut Sun was selected one of 10 WNBA players to start the 2017 Verizon WNBA All-Star game, which will take place Saturday, July 22, following a vote by fans, WNBA players and media. Bird was voted to her 10th game, tying Tamika Catchings, who retired a year ago, for the most in WNBA history.

Starting lineups were chosen by a combination of fans, player and media members.

The Eastern Conference starting lineup includes WNBA MVPs Tina Charles of the New York Liberty (frontcourt) and Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics (frontcourt). She is joined by Tina Charles of New York, Jonquel Jones and Jasmine Thomas of CT, and Tiffany Hayes of Atlanta.

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters, while current players and media accounted for 25 percent each.

Moore was the leading vote-getter among fans, earning 32,866 nods.

The reserve selections for each team will be determined by the league's 12 coaches on July 18.

The West will be coached by Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, the East by NY coach Bill Laimbeer. There was not an All-Star game in 2016 because of the Olympics. Bird wasn't an all-star in 2013, when she missed the season due to knee surgery.

Jones, Hayes and Thomas, all having the best season of their careers, are the first-timers.

Fowles, voted Western Conference player of the month for both May and June, is an All Star for the fourth time. Though it is the eighth time she has been selected as a starter, it is the first time she has been a starter since 2011.

Last season, Toliver helped lead the Los Angeles Sparks to the WNBA championship.

WNBA all-time points leader Diana Taurasi of Phoenix also made the West team at guard.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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