WNBA News: Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson and New York Liberty’s Breanna Stewart Named Starters and Captains for 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game

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– Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner Earns Ninth All-Star Selection – 

– Indiana Fever’s Aliyah Boston Becomes First Rookie to Start in All-Star Game Since 2014 – 

– Wilson and Stewart to Draft All-Star Rosters from Pool of Starters and Reserves

During “WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special” on Saturday, July 8 at 1 p.m. ET 


NEW YORK, June 25, 2023 – Two-time Kia WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and 2018 Kia WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart of the New York Liberty lead the list of 10 players – four guards and six frontcourt players – selected by fans, current WNBA players and media to start in the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game set to be played on Saturday, July 15 at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas (ABC, 5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET).

The starters were revealed today during ABC’s broadcast of a game between the Liberty and Washington Mystics.

Wilson and Stewart, each selected as an All-Star for the fifth time, will serve as official team captains by virtue of being the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes. This marks the second consecutive year that Wilson and Stewart finished No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in fan voting.

Last year, Team Wilson defeated Team Stewart 134-112 at the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Wilson also served as a captain when she led Team Wilson past Team (Elena) Delle Donne 129-126 in the 2019 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas.

Joining Wilson and Stewart as starters in the frontcourt are 2023 No. 1 overall draft pick Aliyah Boston of the Indiana Fever, nine-time All-Star Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, 2016 Kia WNBA MVP and eight-time All-Star Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks and two-time All-Star Satou Sabally of the Dallas Wings.

The starting backcourt will feature five-time All-Stars Chelsea Gray of Las Vegas and Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm, three-time All-Star Arike Ogunbowale of Dallas and two-time All-Star Jackie Young of Las Vegas.

Voting will now begin for the 12 AT&T WNBA All-Star reserves, who will be selected by the league’s head coaches. The head 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. The reserves will be announced on Saturday, July 1. If a player is unable to play in AT&T WNBA All-Star, a replacement will be named by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. 

The captains will draft their rosters by selecting first from the pool of eight remaining starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. ESPN will broadcast the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on Saturday, July 8 (1 p.m. ET).


2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game Starter Pool

  • Aliyah Boston, Fever (1st All-Star selection): Boston will be the sixth rookie to start in the All-Star Game and the first since 2014 (Chamique Holdsclaw, 1999; Sue Bird and Tamika Catchings, 2002; Maya Moore, 2011; and Shoni Schimmel, 2014). The Eastern Conference Player of the Week for games played from June 12-18, Boston is pacing the league in field goal percentage (.651) and leads all rookies in scoring (15.6 ppg), rebounding (8.1 rpg) and blocks (1.5 bpg).
  • Chelsea Gray, Aces (5th All-Star selection): Gray was the MVP of the WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV and the Commissioner’s Cup Championship Game last season. She tied with her teammate Young for second among all players in three-point field goal percentage (50.0 percent) and ranks third in assists with a career-high 6.7 apg. The two-time All-WNBA Team selection also is contributing 13.5 points per game.
  • Brittney Griner, Mercury (9th All-Star selection): Griner’s nine All-Star selections are the most of any 2023 starter. She was named an honorary All-Star and starter by Engelbert last year after Griner was wrongfully detained in Russia. During the second half of that game, both teams wore jerseys with Griner’s No. 42. The two-time Kia WNBA Defensive Player of the Year and six-time All-WNBA pick ranks ninth in scoring (19.1 ppg), 16th in rebounding (6.4 rpg), and paces all players in blocks (2.4 bpg) in 2023.
  • Jewell Loyd, Storm (5h All-Star selection): Loyd, also a starter in 2019, leads the WNBA in scoring (25.4 ppg) this season as well as in games of at least 30 points (four) and ranks first in made threes (41). The two-time All-WNBA Team selection is on track to challenge Diana Taurasi’s season scoring record of 25.29 points per game set in 2006. Loyd has scored 305 points this season, tied with Diana Taurasi for the second-most through a player’s first 12 games of a season in WNBA history (Elena Delle Donne, 323).
  • Arike Ogunbowale, Wings (3rd All-Star selection): The 2021 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game MVP with a game-high 26 points in the WNBA All-Stars’ win over the USA Basketball Women’s National Team, Ogunbowale has ranked among the top five scorers each of the past four seasons, leading the league in 2020. She ranks third in scoring in 2023 with 22.7 ppg and is second in made threes (38). Her career-high 41 points vs. Seattle on June 17 marked the 14th game in which she has scored at least 30 points since entering the league in 2019, the most by any player in that span.
  • Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks (8th All-Star selection): A starter for the second straight year, Ogwumike ranks sixth in scoring (19.7 ppg) and fifth in rebounding (9.5 rpg) in 2023. Her 19.7 points per game equals the career-best figure she posted in her MVP season of 2016, and her 9.7 rebounds is a career high. A five-time All-WNBA Team selection, Ogwumike helped the Sparks win the 2016 WNBA championship.
  • Satou Sabally, Wings (2nd All-Star selection): Sabally, who was a first-time All-Star two years ago, ranks seventh in the WNBA in scoring (19.5 ppg) and second in rebounding (10.5 rpg) in 2023 with career highs in both categories. Her 19.5 points per game are 5.6 ppg above her prior career best and her 10.5 rpg are more than 2.5 above her prior best. Sabally’s 14-point, 13-rebound effort against Los Angeles on June 14 made her the first player in franchise history and the eighth in league history to record seven straight double-doubles.
  • Breanna Stewart, Liberty (5th All-Star selection): Stewart, who has guided New York to an 8-3 mark, the league’s third-best record, ranks second in the WNBA in scoring (22.9 ppg) and first in rebounding (10.8 rpg) in 2023. Her 45-point effort vs. Indiana on May 21 is the highest-scoring game by any player this season. The 2018 Kia WNBA MVP, Stewart also is a three-time WNBA champion, two-time WNBA Finals MVP (2020 and 2018) and five-time All-WNBA Team selection.
  • Aja Wilson, Aces (5th All-Star selection): The two-time Kia WNBA MVP and reigning Kia WNBA Defensive Player of the Year has helped the defending champions to a WNBA-best 12-1 record. Wilson and her teammates Gray and Young have Las Vegas averaging 92.5 ppg, a figure that, were the season to end today, would rank third in WNBA history behind the 2010 (93.8 ppg) and 2009 (92.82 ppg) Wilson is eighth in scoring (19.3 ppg), sixth in rebounding (9.4 rpg), and second in blocks (2.2 bpg) this season.
  • Jackie Young, Aces (2nd All-Star selection): Young has been selected as an All-Star starter for the second consecutive year. The 2022 Kia WNBA Most Improved Player has increased her scoring average every year between her second and fifth WNBA seasons. She is the WNBA’s fifth-ranked scorer in 2023 with a career-best 20.2 ppg, surpassing her previous career high of 15.9 set last season. She also is third in overall field goal percentage (58.8 percent) behind only two All-Star centers in Boston and Griner.

2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Voting Results

Fans accounted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters for the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game, while current WNBA players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.  Wilson finished with a WNBA-high 95,860 fan votes, followed by Stewart (87,586). For more results from fan voting, click here.

After all votes were tallied, players were ranked by position (guard and frontcourt) within each of the three voting groups – fan votes, player votes and media votes. Each player’s score was calculated by averaging their weighted rank from the fan votes, the player votes, and the media votes. The four guards and six frontcourt players across the WNBA with the best scores were named All-Star Game starters. Fan voting served as the tiebreaker for players in a position group with the same score.

Below are the overall scores – based on results from all three voting groups – for the top 10 finishers at each position.  Each player’s score is weighted based on 50 percent for fan vote, 25 percent for player vote and 25 percent for media vote.


Player Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1. *Jackie Young (Las Vegas)      1      1      2      1.25
2. *Jewell Loyd (Seattle)      2      2      1      1.75
3. *Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas)      3      3      3      3.0
4. *Chelsea Gray (Las Vegas)      5      4      4      4.50
5. Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas)      4      7      8      5.75
6. Allisha Gray (Atlanta)      8      5      6      6.75
7. Kahleah Copper (Chicago)      9      7      9      8.50
8. Sabrina Ionescu (New York)      6      6      19      9.25
9. Diana Taurasi (Phoenix)      7      10      14      9.50
10. Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana)      10      13      5      9.50



Player Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1. *A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas)      1      2      2      1.50
2. *Breanna Stewart (New York)      2      1      1      1.50
3. *Brittney Griner (Phoenix)      3      6      3      3.75
4. *Satou Sabally (Dallas)      5      3      4      4.25
5. *Aliyah Boston (Indiana)      4      7      6      5.25
6. *Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles)      6      5      5      5.50
7. Alyssa Thomas (Connecticut)      10      4      7      7.75
8. Elena Delle Donne (Washington)      7      9      9      8.00
9. Napheesa Collier (Minnesota)      9      8      8      8.50
10. DeWanna Bonner (Connecticut)      11      10      10      10.50

*–Voted to start
 Tiebreaker for starting spot is highest fan vote

The head coaches for the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star will be the head coaches of the two teams with the best records following games on Friday, June 30, regardless of conference.  The head coach with the best record as of that date will coach the team whose captain earned the most fan votes.

The AT&T WNBA All-Star Game will be the centerpiece of two full days packed with WNBA activities, including the WNBA STARRY® 3-Point Contest and Kia WNBA Skills Challenge, which will air on ESPN on Friday, July 14 at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET.

The WNBA also will host its “WNBA Live” fan festival, now in its second year. An exciting, interactive event open to the public, “WNBA Live” will provide fans an opportunity to experience the intersection of the WNBA, entertainment and culture leading up to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game.