Sabrina Ionescu responded to an All-Star voting snub from her fellow players with a 31-point performance Sunday in the New York Liberty’s overtime win against the Washington Mystics.
The fourth-year player for the New York Liberty finished sixth in fan and media voting among guards. But among player votes, she ranked 19th in her position group.
The top four guards in the All-Star vote — Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray from the Las Vegas Aces, Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm and Arike Ogunbowale of the Dallas Wings — were named starters Sunday for the 2023 All-Star Game, which will be played at 8:30 p.m. ET Saturday, July 15, in Las Vegas. Fan votes accounted for 50% of the total score for each player, while media and player votes accounted for 25% each.
Ionescu placed eighth overall. A starter in the 2022 All-Star Game, she could still make her second career All-Star appearance as a reserve. WNBA head coaches will vote on the 12 reserves, who will be announced on July 1.
Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi also finished lower in the player vote (14th) than in the fan (7th) and media (10th) votes. She and Ionescu stand in stark contrast to Indiana Fever guard Kelsey Mitchell, who finished 10th and 13th in fan and media rankings, respectively, but fifth in player voting.
The only other player (guard or frontcourt) to have a player ranking in the double-digits is Connecticut Sun forward DeWanna Bonner, who finished 10th in player voting.
For WNBA All-Star voting, most athletes were ranked ~about~ the same by fans, media, and players.And then there's Sabrina Ionescu.Ranked 6th by fans, 6th by the media... and 19th by her fellow players. pic.twitter.com/lHQ0qeCUzu— Alex Azzi (@ByAlexAzzi) June 25, 2023
For WNBA All-Star voting, most athletes were ranked ~about~ the same by fans, media, and players.And then there's Sabrina Ionescu.Ranked 6th by fans, 6th by the media... and 19th by her fellow players. pic.twitter.com/lHQ0qeCUzu
While Ionescu is not in line to start, she has had a solid start to the season. In Sunday’s 89-88 comeback win, she finished with 31 points, 6 assists, 3 rebounds and 3 steals, while shooting 7-of-12 from 3-point range. In doing so, she became the only player in WNBA history with more than 30 points, at least seven made 3-pointers, at least 6 assists and at least 3 steals in a game.
So far in this season, Ionescu is averaging 17.1 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. She’s shooting well from behind the arc, with her 43.8% average sitting at sixth in the league.
Both A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart will return as captains in this year’s All-Star game, while Aliyah Boston is the first rookie to be named a starter since 2014.