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The Numbers Game: 2019 All-Star Reserves

Update (July 22): This page has been updated to add Napheesa Collier, who was named as an injury replacement for captain A’ja Wilson by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert. Collier’s stats are through games played on July 22, the day she was named as a replacement.

The reserves for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 were announced on Monday as 12 players – six guards and six frontcourt – were added to the 10 starters to make up that 22-player pool from which team captains Elena Delle Donne and A’ja Wilson will select their teams.

After breaking down the starters earlier this week, now we dig into the numbers behind the reserves to see what made these players stand out and earn the votes of the league’s head coaches.

Note: All stats are from games played through July 14, the final day of games before the reserves were announced. Players are presented in alphabetical order.

DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix Mercury (3rd selection)

  • Bonner leads the WNBA in scoring at 19.4 points per game. This is Bonner’s highest scoring season since 2012 when she averaged 20.6 points as the runner up to Angel McCoughtry for the WNBA scoring title.
  • There have been 43 25-point games across the WNBA this season; Bonner leads all players with five of those games, narrowly edging out her Mercury teammate (and All-Star starter) Brittney Griner, who has four such games. The Mercury duo is followed by a Liberty duo as All-Stars Kia Nurse and Tina Charles both have three games with at least 25 points this season. Every player with multiple 25-point games earned an All-Star selection as A’ja Wilson, Diamond DeShields, Erica Wheeler, Jonquel Jones and Odyssey Sims each had two such games.

Tina Charles, New York Liberty (7th selection)

Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx (1st Selection, Replacement for Injured A’ja Wilson)

Diamond DeShields, Chicago Sky (1st selection)

Candice Dupree, Indiana Fever (7th selection)

Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx (6th selection)

Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks (6th selection)

Allie Quigley, Chicago Sky (3rd selection)

Odyssey Sims, Minnesota Lynx (1st selection)

Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun (2nd selection)

Kristi Toliver, Washington Mystics (3rd selection)

Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky (2nd selection)

Erica Wheeler, Indiana Fever (1st selection)