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Rookie phenom Rhyne Howard among WNBA All-Star reserves

Rhyne Howard is putting together a stellar rookie season. (Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 2022 WNBA All-Star roster is set. The game’s 12 reserves were announced Tuesday afternoon, including Atlanta Dream rookie Rhyne Howard.

Howard’s selection makes her the first rookie to be named an All-Star since Napheesa Collier in 2019. Collier was an injury replacement for A’ja Wilson, who was named to the All-Star team as a rookie in 2018.

Howard is the only player on the list of reserves to be making the first All-Star appearance of her career.

The league’s head coaches voted on the reserves. Coaches could vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position, but they were not allowed to vote for their own players.

The Chicago Sky feature heavily in the reserve selections, as Kahleah Copper, Emma Meesseman and Courtney Vandersloot join starter Candace Parker. The Sky are hosting the All-Star game for the first time, on July 10 at the Wintrust Arena.

Just one team did not have a single All-Star selection: the last-place Indiana Fever.

All-Star captains Sylvia Fowles, Sue Bird, A’ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart will draft the two teams at 3 p.m. ET on July 2 from among the remaining starters and the 12 reserves.

List of reserves:

  • Ariel Atkins, Washington Mystics
  • Kahleah Copper, Chicago Sky
  • Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury
  • Dearica Hamby, Las Vegas Aces
  • Natasha Howard, New York Liberty
  • Rhyne Howard, Atlanta Dream
  • Brionna Jones, Connecticut Sun
  • Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm
  • Emma Meesseeman, Chicago Sky
  • Arike Ogunbowale, Dallas Wings
  • Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun
  • Courtney Vandersloot, Chicago Sky

List of starters:

  • Sue Bird, Seattle Storm
  • Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
  • Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty
  • Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
  • Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks
  • Candace Parker, Chicago Sky
  • Kelsey Plum, Las Vegas Aces
  • Breanna Stewart, Seattle Storm
  • A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces
  • Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces