When the 2002 WNBA All-Star Game tips off next Monday in Washington, D.C., Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird, Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings and Washington Mystics guard Stacey Dales-Schuman will join an illustrious list of players who were All-Stars in their rookie seasons. Here's a quick look at how other first-year players have fared as All-Stars.
1999: Chamique Holdsclaw
As a rookie out of Tennessee, Holdsclaw started the 1999 game in New York City. The first-year forward played 11 minutes overall, and contributed five points and five rebounds, but the East still lost, 79-61. Bird and Catchings will join Holdsclaw as the only rookies to ever start the All-Star Game.
2000: Betty Lennox
Lennox was the only rookie to play in the 2000 All-Star Game in Phoenix. Betty contributed three points, five rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes off the bench in helping the West top the East, 73-61.
2001: Lauren Jackson and Jackie Stiles
The two rookies Jackson (far left) and Stiles helped power the West to an 80-72 victory over the East. Jackson's inside-outside game was working well that night in Orlando, as she scored 11 points and grabbed three rebounds in 19 minutes. Stiles hit all four of her free throws, and finished the game with four points in 20 minutes played.