LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray was named a 2019 WNBA All-Star starter, the league announced today (WNBA press release attached). This is Gray’s third consecutive WNBA All-Star appearance. Gray has already shattered several personal records in 2019, including career-highs in points (29), assists (13) and rebounds (10). Gray recorded the eighth triple-double in WNBA history on Sunday, July 7 when she scored 13 points, dished out 13 assists and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Sparks defeat the Mystics 98-81. On June 8, Gray scored 21 points to lead the Sparks to a road win against the Minnesota Lynx and eclipsed the 1500-point career milestone. On June 18, Gray entered the Top-10 in Sparks history for total points. For the season, Gray is averaging 13.3 points, 5.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game while shooting 96.3% from the foul line, the highest mark in the WNBA.
The Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson lead the list of 10 players – four guards and six frontcourt players from across the WNBA – who were selected by fans, current WNBA players and media to start in AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET.
As the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes during WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, Delle Donne and Wilson will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
Joining Delle Donne and Wilson as All-Star Game starters in the frontcourt are Las Vegas’ Liz Cambage, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard and the Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones. The four starting guards are the Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and the New York Liberty’s Kia Nurse. The captains and starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 were revealed today on ESPN’s The Jump.
Delle Donne and Griner have been named All-Stars for the sixth time each. Cambage, McBride and Gray have made it for the third time. Jones, Loyd and Wilson are now two-time All-Star selections. Howard and Nurse are each making their All-Star debut.
The 12 reserves for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, as selected by the league’s head coaches, will be announced on Monday, July 15. Coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. They may not vote for their own players.
Delle Donne and Wilson will select their respective rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Delle Donne will make the first pick in the First Round (Starters). Wilson will have the first pick in the Second Round (Reserves). Additional details about the All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date.