Four players represent the Silver Stars on the ballot

WNBA Unveils 30 Nominees For Voting Of Top 15 Players Of All Time

NEW YORK (June 22, 2011) – In celebration of its historic 15th season, the WNBA is honoring the most influential players since its inception in 1997, and announced today the 30 official nominees for the Top 15 Players of all time. The nominees were selected by a panel comprised of media members and basketball experts, with consideration given to such factors as on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship and community service, as well as to contributions to team success and the overall growth of women’s basketball.

Four players represent San Antonio on the ballot – Becky Hammon, Chamique Holdsclaw, Shannon Johnson and Natalie Williams – dating back to the Utah Starzz franchise. Hammon also represents the Silver Stars as one of 19 active players on the list of 30 nominees.

“We are extremely proud to recognize and honor the greatest players in the 15-year history of the WNBA,” said WNBA President Laurel Richie. “The women who comprise the list of nominees are an extraordinary combination of ground-breaking pioneers and present-day stars. Each has made a unique contribution to the game, but all share an unsurpassed passion for women's basketball and for the WNBA. It is through their efforts, collectively, that the WNBA has become – and will continue to be – the destination point for the most talented female basketball players in the world.”

Hammon joined the Silver Stars in 2007 after eight seasons with the New York Liberty. A six-time WNBA All-Star, Hammon owns six Silver Stars franchise career records, including 3-point field goals made, free throw percentage, assists, assists per game and points per game.

Holdsclaw played for the Silver Stars during the 2010 season, her 11th in the WNBA. She started all 29 games in which she played, netting 393 points (13.6 per game), 155 rebounds and 58 assists.

Johnson played three seasons for the Silver Stars (2004-06), notching 922 points, 411 assists, 268 rebounds and 154 steals. She currently holds the San Antonio franchise record for assists in a game with 13 at Sacramento in 2005.

Williams was selected by the Utah Starzz with the third overall pick in the 1999 WNBA Draft. During her four seasons with Utah (1999-02) she tallied 1,837 points and 1,156 total rebounds to rank second in the franchise career record book. Williams currently stands as the franchises rebounds per game leader with 9.7.

Voting for the league’s Top 15 Players of all time will be conducted among fans and select national and WNBA-market media, as well as current players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to vote by logging onto WNBA.com, which will highlight each of the 30 nominees, complete with biographical information and a photo gallery. In addition, the history section will serve as an informational resource for fans and media to browse through career statistical leaders, league milestones, previous award winners and more.

Fans can cast a vote for their Top 15 Players of all time once per day by going online to http://www.wnba.com/top15 players starting Thursday at noon ET and ending at midnight on July 14.

The WNBA’s Top 15 Players will be unveiled and honored at the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, where the Silver Stars will host the midseason classic for the first time in franchise history. ABC will nationally broadcast the game on Saturday, July 23, at 3:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. CT).