The WNBA announced the starters for the 2023 WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas on Sunday afternoon. This year’s selections are a good blend of young stars and seasoned vets. Once again, forwards A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart headline selections, being the leading vote getters. They will be serving as team captains for this year’s game.
Looking at the rest of the selections, it should be no surprise that any of these women are here. But seeing Aliyah Boston as an All-Star Starter in her rookie season is pretty impressive. At the moment, the former Gamecock is averaging 15.6 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game. She has shown early on that she belongs and is already one of the league’s best players. Recently Boston was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. Boston will be the first rookie to start in the All-Star game since Shoni Schimmel in 2014.
Dallas Wings forward Satou Sabally is another player who will be making their first start in the All-Star game. She’s currently averaging 19.5 points and 10.5 rebounds a game, which are career highs for her. Her play this season has been impressive and has been considered the favorite for Most Improved. She is joined by her teammate Arike Ogunbowale who has been killing it per usual, averaging 22.4 points a game. This duo has shown that they’re one of the best in the league.
The remaining guard starters are Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray from the Las Vegas Aces, and Jewell Lloyd from the Seattle Storm. Crazy to say that Young has taken yet another leap this season averaging career highs in points and steals. Chelsea Gray has been stellar for the Aces too, dishing out some of the craziest passes we’ve ever seen. Jewell Lloyd has led the charge for the Storm this season, leading the league in scoring.
Nneka Ogwumike and Brittney Griner round out the frontcourt selections. Griner makes her return to the All Star game in her first year back. BG hasn’t missed a step, averaging 19.1 points and 2.4 blocks a game. Looks like fans are excited to see her play in the All Star game again and is deserving of it. Ogwumike has shown that she’s still one of the best bigs in the league and this All Star selection solidifies that.
The reserves for the 2023 WNBA All Star Game will be announced on July 1. With the starters already announced, many can speculate who will be selected as a reserve.