With All-Star voting in full swing, Stars have rich history

Voting for the WNBA All-Star game is underway, and the Stars have five candidates on the ballot. Starters Jayne Appel, Becky Hammon, Kayla McBride, Danielle Robinson and Sophia Young-Malcolm are looking to become the first Stars to add “All” to their name since Robinson did so last season.

Despite a couple of recent snubs, the Stars have a rich history of All-Stars even dating back to when the franchise was in Utah. The franchise has had personnel named as a player or coach 22 times, including 17 since the move to San Antonio. Current Stars have combined for an impressive 18 appearances, including 11 between veterans Hammon and Young-Malcolm.

10 total players have earned All-Star recognition during their time with either San Antonio or Utah. Players named to multiple All-Star games during that time were Natalie Williams (1999-2001), Marie Ferdinand (2002-2003, 2005), Sophia Young Malcolm (2006-2007, 2009-2010), and Becky Hammon (2007, 2009, 2010-11).

Seven players on the Stars’ current roster have been named to All-Star teams. Aside from Adams, Appel, Hammon, Robinson, and Young-Malcolm, Shameka Christon and Jia Perkins were named All-Stars in 2009 with New York and Chicago, respectively. Both turned in impressive performances. Perkins scored 16 points on 7-11 shooting, while dishing out five assists, recording four steals and grabbing three rebounds. Christon scored 12 points, while dishing out four assists, recording three steals and grabbing three rebounds of her own.

Perhaps the most impressive of Stars’ All-Star performances was when Becky Hammon put up 13 points and dished out six assists in the 2007 All-Star Game. She almost repeated that performance in 2009 putting up six assists again, but only scoring 11 points. Hammon is also the only player in WNBA history to be named to the All-Star team three times with two different teams.

Head Coach Dan Hughes has made two appearances. His first was as head coach in 2009, his second was as an assistant coach in 2011. As head coach, he led the West All-Stars to a 130-118 victory over the East, while Hammon and Sophia Young-Malcolm joined him on the journey and contributed to the win.

When Hughes was an assistant coach on the All-Star staff in 2011, San Antonio was the host city. A crowd of 12,540 was on hand as the East won by a score of 118-113. The high attendance was the most for a WNBA All-Star game since 2007. Two Stars participated in front of the home crowd. Becky Hammon scored eight points and dished out three assists, while making two of her three attempts from beyond the arc and Danielle Adams had a productive eight minutes, scoring two points and grabbing four rebounds.