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WNBA reveals new process for selecting All-WNBA teams

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JUNE 29: A'ja Wilson #22 of the Las Vegas Aces shoots against Ezi Magbegor #13 of the Seattle Storm during the fourth quarter at Climate Pledge Arena on June 29, 2022 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images)

The WNBA announced Friday that the league would implement a new selection process for the 2022 All-WNBA First and Second Teams.

This season, voting will be conducted without regard to a player’s position, marking a change in the selection process. Previously, voters chose two guards, one center and two forwards per team.

“As we evaluated our approach to end-of-season awards and spoke with our general managers, head coaches and others, it became clear that the most deserving players, regardless of position, should be recognized at season’s end,” said WNBA Head of League Operations Bethany Donaphin in a statement. “Our game continues to evolve. As greater emphasis is placed on spacing and pace of play, the players have expanded their multifaceted skill sets. This process change allows us to celebrate the best of the best going forward.”

The league’s 12 end-of-season awards will be presented at the conclusion of the 2022 regular season.

A panel of 56 sportswriters and broadcasters will vote on ten of the awards, with The Basketball Executive of the Year honor selected by the WNBA’s basketball executives and the Peak Performers awards given to statistical leaders in points per game, rebounds per game, and assists per game.

All-WNBA First Team and Second Team will cap off the end-of-season awards, with the announcement scheduled for Sept. 15.