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The Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018 will be played on Saturday, July 28 in Minneapolis. For the first time ever, WNBA fans, players, coaches and media will vote on their favorite players regardless of conference. WNBA All-Star Voting 2018 presented by Verizon will tip off at 2:00p.m. ET on Tuesday, June 19 and run through Thursday, July 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
Fans can vote for their top 10 players regardless of position or conference. WNBA fans may submit a minimum of (1) player, or up to (10) players per device per 24 hours through WNBA.com (desktop and mobile), the WNBA App (available on Android and iOS), and Twitter. Voting is allowed for all WNBA players on rosters.
Fans will account for 40 percent of the vote, while current players, coaches and a panel of basketball media will account for 20 percent each.
On Tuesday, July 17, the pool of 22 All-Stars will be announced. The two All-Stars, regardless of conference, receiving the highest vote total will serve as captains for the teams. Those captains will draft their respective teams from the remaining 20 All-Stars – making selections without regard for conference affiliation – to form two 11-player rosters. The All-Star rosters will be revealed on Thursday, July 19 during the ESPN2 telecast of the Washington Mystics at the Dallas Wings (8 p.m. ET tip off).
On Friday, July 27, ESPN2 the All-Star team captains and head coaches will meet to determine starters for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018. The starting lineups will be revealed that evening on ESPN2 (7 p.m. ET) during a live telecast of the WNBA All-Star Welcome Reception in Minnesota.
- June 19 – Fan voting begins
- July 12 – Fan voting ends
- July 17 – ESPN announces selection pool
- July 19 – WNBA All-Star Team Selections and order revealed on ESPN2 during Washington Mystics @ Dallas Wings broadcast.
- July 27 – 6-7 PM Live Show to announce starting line-ups on ESPN2 from WNBA All-Star Welcome Reception in Minnesota
- July 28 – Verizon WNBA All-Star 2018 Game
- All-Star teams will not be aligned with East and West Conferences, but will be drafted by team captains.
- The top two vote getters, regardless of conference,will act as team captains.
- Captains will draft their teammates from a pool of the next top 20 players voted on by fans, media, players, and coaches, to create two teams of 11.
- Fans will vote for the top 10 players in a manner consistent with 2017, non-position based.
- Media, Players, and Coaches will vote for a full roster of 22 players, position based. Note: Coaches are no longer choosing the reserves, but selecting for a full roster. Coaches and Players cannot vote for their own players/teammates.
- Voting will be weighted as follows: fans=40%, players=20%, coaches=20%, media = 20%.
- Once teams are set, any replacement players will be chosen by President Borders and will directly replace the individual who is unable to play/attend All-Star. Captains will not redraft replacement players.
- Captains will select their teams even if they are unable to play/attend All-Star.
- The two coaches with the top overall winning percentages (regardless of conference) two weeks before the game (games played as of July 13) will serve as All-Star coaches. The coach with the best record will coach for the top vote getter’s team and the coach with the second-best record will coach the other team.
- The team captains and respective head coaches will together select the team’s starters.