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All set for Sunday’s WNBA All-Star showdown

Team rosters for the WNBA All-Star 2019 game, as selected by captains Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, have been selected and the stage is set for Sunday’s showdown.

Following a recent ankle injury, Wilson has been replaced by Minnesota Lynx rookie forward Napheesa Collier as selected by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert.

The 22-year Collier was the sixth pick in the 2019 WNBA Draft, and ranks third in scoring (11.0 ppg), second in rebounds (5.9 rpg) and blocks (1.0 bpg), and first in steals (1.0 spg) among the Lynx as well as the league’s rookies.

The 16th WNBA All-Star game will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces.

Delle Donne and Wilson selected their respective rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters. By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Delle Donne made the first pick in the First Round (Starters). Wilson had the first pick in the Second Round (Reserves) then from the pool of 13 reserves.

In the first round, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner was selected by Delle Donne with the first overall pick. The Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray was drafted by Wilson with the number two overall pick. The captains alternated picks in each round until all players in that round had been selected.

During the draft, the eight remaining All-Star Game starters (aside from Delle Donne and Wilson) were selected in the first round. The 13 reserves were chosen in the second round.

Delle Donne and Wilson finished the WNBA All-Star Draft by making two trades, exchanging two players and both head coaches. In the player trade, Delle Donne acquired the New York Liberty’s Tina Charles (selected 15th overall by Wilson) in exchange for Collier (selected by Delle Donne at number 18).

With the trade of head coaches, Bill Laimbeer and his Aces staff will now guide Team Wilson and the Mystics’ Mike Thibault and his staff will lead Team Delle Donne. Wilson and Laimbeer will name the replacement for Wilson in the starting lineup.

As the player who received the most fan votes, Delle Donne was able to choose between wearing white or red uniforms. Team Delle Donne selected the white uniforms. Team Wilson will be assigned red uniforms.

Below are the 2019 WNBA All-Star Draft results and the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game rosters.

2019 WNBA All-Star Draft

First Round: Starters

Team Delle Donne Team Wilson

Pick 1: Brittney Griner, Phoenix Pick 2: Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles

Pick 3: Jewell Loyd, Seattle Pick 4: Kayla McBride, Las Vegas

Pick 5: Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Pick 6: Liz Cambage, Las Vegas

Pick 7: Kia Nurse, New York Pick 8: Natasha Howard, Seattle

Second Round: Reserves

Team Wilson Team Delle Donne

Pick 9: Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Pick 10: Kristi Toliver, Washington

Pick 11: Diamond DeShields, Chicago Pick 12: DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix

Pick 13: Allie Quigley, Chicago Pick 14: Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles

Pick 15: *Tina Charles, New York Pick 16: Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago

Pick 17: Erica Wheeler, Indiana Pick 18: +Napheesa Collier, Minnesota

Pick 19: Candice Dupree, Indiana Pick 20: Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut

Pick 21: Odyssey Sims, Minnesota

*Traded to Team Delle Donne +Traded to Team Wilson

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