Brittney Griner and rookie Aliyah Boston among stacked group of 2023 WNBA All-Star starters

The starters for the WNBA All-Star Game were announced on Sunday, and there are some familiar faces as well as a new All-Star story.

Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury has been named the starter for the sixth time in her career and will be making her ninth career trip to ASG, a number that includes her honorary selection in 2022 when she was wrongfully detained in a Russian prison and was forced to miss the entire season. The 2022 All-Star Game was played in her honor, with the league continuing to draw attention to her plight and each player wearing a No. 42 jersey.

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner smiles as she warms up before a WNBA basketball game against the Chicago Sky Sunday, May 21, 2023 in Phoenix.  (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner has been named to her ninth WNBA All-Star Team. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Rookie Aliyah Boston will be making his first trip. Boston was drafted No. 1 overall by the Indiana Fever on April 10. And now, just two months later, he’s just the sixth player in WNBA history to be named a starter All-Star in his rookie season.

Boston and Griner are just two of a dynamic group of seasoned WNBA players to be named ASG starters. Here is the full list:

  • Captain: A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces, fifth appearance

  • Captain: Breanna Stewart, New York Liberty, fifth appearance

  • Aliyah Boston, Indiana Fever, first appearance

  • Chelsea Grey, Las Vegas Aces, fifth appearance

  • Brittney Griner, Phoenix Mercury, ninth appearance

  • Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm, fifth appearance

  • Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings, third appearance

  • Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks, eighth appearance

  • Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings, second appearance

  • Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces, second appearance

All-Star starters are chosen by a combination of votes from fans, current WNBA players and the media. The fan vote counts for 50%, and the players and media each count for 25%. The 12 reserves will be chosen by the league’s head coaches and announced on July 1. The captains will choose their teams in a live draft on July 8.

The WNBA All-Star Game is set to be played July 15 in Las Vegas.

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