Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas To Replace Washington’s Delle Donne As Starters For Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017
SEATTLE, July 21, 2017 – Forward Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun was named a starter by Eastern Conference head coach Curt Miller for Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, replacing the injured Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics.
Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, featuring the Eastern Conference All-Stars against the Western Conference All-Stars at KeyArena in Seattle, will be nationally televised by ABC tomorrow (3:30 p.m. ET).
A first-time All-Star selection, Thomas was voted to the East roster by the conference’s head coaches this week. Delle Donne, one of 10 players selected by fans, WNBA players and media to start in Verizon WNBA All-Star 2017, suffered a sprained ankle on July 14.
With career-high averages in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (4.8 apg) and steals (1.6 spg), Thomas has helped Connecticut overcome a 1-5 start to post a 12-9 record, tied for third-best in the league with Washington. She and fellow All-Star starters Jasmine Thomas and Jonquel Jones earlier this season became the first trio of teammates in WNBA history to earn Player of the Week honors in three consecutive weeks. Jones, herself, has earned Player of the Week honors twice in 2017.
The Connecticut trio will be in the East starting lineup alongside frontcourt player Tina Charles of the New York Liberty and guard Tiffany Hayes of the Atlanta Dream.
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Here’s an updated look at the East and West starters:
Eastern Conference Starters
- Tina Charles, Liberty: A five-time All-Star selection, this marks the third time the 2012 league MVP is an All-Star starter (2011, 2015). She has been an All-Star with both Connecticut and New York.
- Alyssa Thomas, Sun: Putting up career-high averages in scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (4.8 apg) and steals (1.6 spg), Thomas has helped Connecticut overcome a 1-5 start to post the third-best record in the league (12-8).
- Tiffany Hayes, Dream: The first-time All-Star earned the most votes among East guards from all three voting groups. She is averaging career highs of 16.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.
- Jonquel Jones, Sun: Before the season, the 23-year-old from the Bahamas was voted by WNBA general managers as the player most likely to have a breakout year. With 201 rebounds through 17 games, the first-time All-Star is on pace to top Charles’ single-season record for total rebounds (398 in 2010).
- Jasmine Thomas, Sun: A first-time All-Star selection in her seventh season, Thomas previously played for Washington and Atlanta. She is averaging career highs of 15.0 points and 5.2 assists.
Western Conference Starters
- Sue Bird, Storm: The 10-time All-Star selection was voted to the starting lineup for the eighth time overall and for the first time since 2011. In her most recent All-Star appearances, she was added to the West roster in 2014 as a replacement player and was named as a reserve in 2015. Her first All-Star appearance and starting nod came in her rookie season of 2002.
- Sylvia Fowles, Lynx: The Western Conference Player of the Month in May and June earns her fourth All-Star selection. This marks her third starting nod and first All-Star selection with the Lynx after representing Chicago three times.
- Maya Moore, Lynx: The 2014 WNBA MVP and 2013 Finals MVP is a five-time All-Star selection, all as a starter. She was named 2015 All-Star Game MVP after scoring a record 30 points.
- Candace Parker, Sparks: The two-time WNBA MVP (2008, 2013) and reigning Finals MVP earns her fourth selection, all as starter. After missing the 2011 All-Star Game due to injury, Parker made her All-Star debut in 2013 and scored a then-record 23 points in an MVP performance.
- Diana Taurasi, Mercury: The 2009 regular-season MVP and two-time Finals MVP (2009, 2014) became the WNBA’s career points leader last month. A three-time WNBA champion, Taurasi is an eight-time All-Star selection, all as a starter.