The starters for the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game have been announced. We highlight some of the key stats to know about each player headed to Seattle. By Brian Martin, WNBA.com
** Elena Delle Donne has been replaced by Alyssa Thomas in the starting lineup
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- 10th WNBA All-Star selection, ties Tamika Catchings for most times selected to All-Star Game in WNBA history. Eighth time voted a starter.
- The three-time assist leader is on pace to lead the league for a fourth season as she is averaging a career-best 6.7 assists in her 15th WNBA season. She also leads the WNBA in assist/turnover ratio (3.20).
- Needs 88 assists to surpass Ticha Penicheiro (2599) as the WNBA’s all-time assist leader.
- Holds the All-Star record for assists in a single game with 10 dimes during the 2009 All-Star Game in Connecticut.
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- Eighth WNBA All-Star selection, all as a starter
- Became the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer (7582) and all-time leading 3-point shooter (952) this season, surpassing Tina Thompson (7488) and Katie Smith (906), respectively.
- On pace to finish second on the Mercury in scoring for the first time in her career when she’s played a full season. Taurasi missed the entire 2015 season and finished second in scoring in 2012 when she was limited to 8 games due to injury. She is currently trailing teammate (and overall WNBA scoring leader) Brittney Griner (22.4) by 4.3 ppg.
- One of five former MVPs selected to start in the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game (along with Elena Delle Donne, Maya Moore, Tina Charles and Candace Parker)
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- Fourth WNBA All-Star selection, third as a starter.
- Leads all players in true shooting percentage (70.1%), which accounts for two-point shots, three-point shots and free throws.
- Leads all players in net rating - the Lynx outscore opponents by 19.1 points per 100 possessions when Fowles is on the court. That is 4.1 points better than the second-ranked player (teammate Maya Moore at 15.0).
- One of two players to average a double-double for the season - and the only player to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (20.1 pts, 10.0 reb).
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- Fifth WNBA All-Star selection, all as starter. Repeat starter. 2015 ASG MVP.
- Holds the league’s second-highest offensive rating (after teammate Sylvia Fowles) at 112.6 points per 100 possessions, which is also a career-best.
- Averaging her fewest points (15.4) since her rookie season in 2011 (13.2) and is shooting a career-low 39.1% from the field. Moore’s 23.8% usage rate is her lowest mark since 2013 - her third season in the league.
- Has been a much better 3-point shooter on the road (19-38, 50.0%) compared to home (10-34, 29.4%).
- During her MVP performance in 2015, Moore set the WNBA All-Star record for points in a game with 30. Her six 3-pointers in an All-Star Game are the second most ever and the most in regulation (record holder Shoni Schimmel drains seven 3s in 2014 overtime contest).
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- Fourth WNBA All-Star selection, all as starter, though DNP in 2011 (when first selected). Repeat starter. Was MVP of 2013 ASG (first ASG in which she played) after scoring a then ASG-record 23 points in the West's victory at Mohegan Sun Arena.
- Parker and Moore are the only two players in the WNBA to rank in the top 22 of all five major statistical categories. Parker is top 10 in blocks (1.94), rebounds (7.9) and assists (4.3), while Moore is top 10 in steals only (1.67).
- Parker ranks third overall and first among All-Star starters in block percentage (5.3%) - blocks 5.3 percent of opponent shots while on the court.
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- First WNBA All-Star selection, one of three first-time All-Stars, all of which come from the Eastern Conference
- Ranks 10th in the WNBA in both scoring (16.6 ppg) and 3-point percentage (40.7%) with career-best numbers in both categories.
- Ranks fourth in the WNBA in steals with a career-best 1.69 per game. Her career-best 4.5 rebounds per game ranks fifth among all guards.
- Ranks 4th in the WNBA in free-throw rate (0.563) - first among All-Star starters.
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- First WNBA All-Star selection
- One of two players (along with Sklyar Diggins-Smith) to average at least 15.0 points and 5.0 assists on the season. Thomas’ 5.2 assists ranks fifth in the WNBA, while her 15.0 points ranks 17th.
- Ranks third in the WNBA in 3-point percentage (47.9%) and shoots a higher percentage from beyond the arc than she does inside of it (41.8% on 2-point shots).
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- Fourth WNBA All-Star selection, all as starter. Repeat starter from 2015, but first selection as member of Washington Mystics.
- After winning the 2015 scoring title and being narrowly edged out by Tina Charles in 2017, Delle Donne ranks fifth in scoring (19.8 ppg) and seventh in blocks (1.53) this season.
- The WNBA’s all-time leader in career free-throw percentage (94.3%) is in the midst of her single-best season (97.1%) as she has missed just three of her 105 free throw attempts.
- If she maintains this pace, it would be the third highest percentage in WNBA history and is already the highest for any player attempting over 100 free throws in a single season - trailing only Eva Nemcova, Cleveland, 1999 (.984, 62/63) and Nicole Powell, Sacramento, 2009 (.979, 94/96) in percentage.
Alyssa Thomas – Connecticut Sun - Eastern Conference Frontcourt
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- First time All-Star selection as well as being named a starter.
- Thomas is averaging career-highs in almost every statistical category including scoring (13.6 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (4.8 apg) and steals (1.6 spg).
- Thomas has been one of the main catalysts behind the Sun's much improved play this season as they now boast the 3rd best record in the WNBA (12-9).
- She's also notched two double-doubles this season.
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- Fifth WNBA All-Star selection, third as starter. Repeat starter from 2015.
- Charles leads all players in usage rate (29.1%) as well as minutes played (34.4) as she is the centerpiece of the New York Liberty.
- After becoming just the third player to ever lead the WNBA in scoring and rebounding in the same year, Charles is challenging to accomplish the feat again as she currently ranks second in points (20.8) and third in rebounding (9.1).
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- First WNBA All-Star selection
- Leads all players in overall rebound percentage (24.0%) as well as offensive (16.9%) and defensive (31.3%) rebound rate.
- She is one of just two players (along with fellow All-Star starter Sylvia Fowles) to average a double-double (15.9 points, league-best 11.8 rebounds) this season.
- A candidate for Most Improved Player, Jones more than doubled her production from her rookie season a year ago in points (6.8 to 15.9, a 133.8% improvement) and rebounds (3.7 to 11.8, a 218.9% improvement).
- Ranks second among centers in 3-point percentage (min. 10 3-point attempts) at 48.0%. That mark matches the top percentage among players that are qualified as league leaders the category.