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A 22-player roster is set for the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game, as the game’s 12 reserves — chosen by the league’s coaches — were announced Tuesday.

The two teams, led by captains Eja Wilson and Brenna Stewart, and their respective co-captains Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, will draft their rosters from the pool on Saturday (3 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN app). Wilson and Stewart were named captains after receiving the most fan votes. The WNBA named Bird and Falls, who have announced they are retiring at the end of the 2022 season, with them co-captains.

He will be joined by Skylar Diggins-Smith, Courtney Vanderslut and Jewel Lloyd, a host of second-time All-Stars and a first-timer, Atlanta Dream rookie Rhine Howard, this year’s No. 1 draft pick.

ESPN’s Mechel Vopel, Alexa Filippo and Kevin Pelton — all of whom were media All-Star voters — share their thoughts on the biggest snub, which should have started and more on the 22 players selected. The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game will air on July 10 (1 p.m. ET, ABC/ESPN app).

Who is the biggest All-Star snub, and who will they replace on the current roster?

Meckel Vopel: Indiana fever guard Kelsey Mitchell (19.2 ppg) is the only player in the top eight scorers in the WNBA who is not on the roster. She is currently ranked 4th in PPG, 12th in APG (4.1) and shooting 40.2% from 3-point range. If those numbers hold up over the course of the season, they will be the best of his five-year WNBA career.

Mitchell plays for last-place fever, and it’s hard to make a case for him over other reserve guards who aren’t squeamish about whether Mitchell is good enough to be an All-Star. he is. but As Sean Hurd of Endscape recently wrote, he chose to remain the course in Indiana and attempt to rebuild the franchise. If this brings her some praise now, she hopes the payoff will get the job done.

Alexa Filippo: I thought Elisha Gray had a good case for earning the All-Star spot. The six-year veteran has had a career-best season, averaging 14.5 points and 5.6 rebounds, coupled with her usual strong defense. His 3 to 43.0% accuracy (5.2 attempts per game) ranks him second in the league, behind only Jackie Young among players who have attempted at least three trays per game.

In addition, advanced stats demonstrate his value to the Dallas Wings: he is fifth in the league with 3.0 win shares per hoop stats, and Dallas beat opponents with 14.9 points per 100 assets on the floor (second Biggest Points on the team behind Teyra McCowan). Both numbers are marginally better than teammate and All-Star reserve Eric Ogunbowale (2.3, 10.5).

Kevin Pelton: Elena Dele Donne. I voted Dele Donne as one of my initials, so I’m surprised he wasn’t picked by the coaches. Yes, she has not been one of the 10 Most Valuable Players in the league this season, as she has missed several games due to minor injuries and planned rest. But when she’s played, Del Donne has been just as good as anyone outside the top MVP candidates (she’s ranked sixth in my wins above the replacement player metric on a per-game basis). And the last time she was healthy before that, she was MVP and led the Washington Mystics to a title. As long as he’s healthy, Del Donne is always an all-star in my book.

What’s the biggest surprise on All-Star rosters?

Filippo: I’m always curious to see the discrepancies between what fans, media, players and coaches vote for. Players were little compared to fans and the media on Diggins-Smith, Candace Parker and Dale Donne. Meanwhile, Ogunbowale, Mitchell and Jonquel Jones had fewer fans than the media and players. Michelle, Tina Charles and Dale Donne were in the top 10 in all three groups voted for their respective positions – but none were approved by the coaches.

In what is considered a showcase of league talent, does it feel right that one of the 12 teams should not be represented, especially when two teams make up more than a third of the picks – and when it really won’t be that excellent. Should a player from the team (ie Mitchell) be forced to join? It renews a centuries-old debate about what constitutes an All-Star (particularly, compared to All-WNBA teams). But maybe fan voting should pick up the reserves as well as the starters.

Pelton: Diana Taurasi isn’t making it. On merit, it could have gone either way. I didn’t have her on my all-star roster when we picked her Last week on the HerHoopStats podcast

, Nevertheless, it is Diana Taurasi, the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer. The only time she qualified for the All-Star Game and was not selected was in 2019, when she played just six games due to injury.

Vopel: The league may wish to negotiate with the union regarding player voting. While there are players who do their due diligence to fill out their ballots, others do not, and may only list their teammates. Players are included in the voting panel because obviously they know whose names are always on the lookout for reports and against whom they have the hardest time protecting or scoring, but not taking voting seriously negates their expertise. Is. And some don’t even vote.

That said, there was nothing really surprising about the final roster, although it is somewhat surprising that the coaches didn’t pick either Del Donne or Taurasi – if not both. Because at their best, they are still in the elite class. Fan voting should probably be included in reserve.

Which reserve starter should have been?

Pelton: Diggins-Smith. It’s been a disappointing season for the Mercury, but I’m still surprised that Diggins-Smith finished 14th among guards polled by players, placing him as an average starter. We’re talking about one of the most accomplished point guards in WNBA history, and it’s not like we don’t have proof she can help her team win: Diggins-Smith beats Phoenix to just nine Reached the finals months ago.

Vopel: Diggins-Smith. He is well above the 14th best guard in the league and everyone knows that. It really showed that there was something weird about player voting – including voter turnout, if you will.

Filippo: Emma Messman has been such a big factor in Chicago’s regular season success this summer, but if you only want one Chicago player to start, I don’t hate moving on to Candace Parker — especially since it’s Parker. Last season in the WNBA.

I also think the Sun’s Briana Jones remains underrated in this league, even after winning Most Improved Player last season and looking for a possible lock for Sixth Woman of the Year in 2022. She ranks number 2 on win shares, per her hoop stats, second only to Brenna Stewart.

Which debut All-Star are you most impressed with this season?

Pelton: Kelsey Plum, if only because I expected Sabrina Ionescu to eventually reach this level of play. In the case of the plume, reaching new heights two years after a potentially catastrophic Achilles injury is more surprising. For the Aces, moving Plum from the bench to the starting lineup continues to unlock the scoring potential that ousted him as the NCAA’s all-time scoring leader from Washington as the No. 1 overall pick in 2017.

Vopel: We thought 2020 No. 1 pick Ionescu could be an All-Star level talent right away. But after losing most of her time to a serious ankle injury, she is now really coming into her own. Candace Parker recently cited Ionescu, the all-time college triple-double leader for Oregon, as an example of a player who could make triple-doubles in the WNBA seem almost routine. Ionescu has a triple-double this year and has been close to three times. It is very likely that he will have more before the end of the season.

Filippo: All of them. But if I had to talk about only one, I’d highlight Rhyne Howard, the only rookie on the team. Although he and the Atlanta Dream have cooled down a bit in recent weeks, his 16.2 points (top-15 in the league) on 37.3% shooting, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 per contest per competition show just how strong the 2022 first season is. Is. 1 pick taken.

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