Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird is one of 20 WNBA All-Star selections announced Wednesday, with Bird extending her record number of selections to 13.
Joining Bird are Minnesota’s Sylvia Fowles, Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson and fellow Seattle teammate Breanna Stewart. A total of four guards and six frontcourt players were selected. Two first-timers will join them in Chicago, with Jackie Young, Sabrina Ionescu and Kelsey Plum each making their first team.
“For icons like Sylvia and Sue to be voted into the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game as starters in their 19th and 15th seasons, respectively, is extraordinary,” WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said. “And when you see the starting lineups dotted with first-time All-Stars like Sabrina Ionescu, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young, it just seems right that Sylvia and Sue — who have said this will be their final season — join A’ja and Breanna as co-captains for an All-Star event that will in some ways symbolize the passing of the torch to a new generation of WNBA stars.”
Wilson and Stewart each received the most fan votes, making them co-captains who will select teams. They will be joined by Bird and Fowles, respectively, who are being honored in their final WNBA seasons.
Phoenix Mercury star Brittany Griner, who has been wrongfully detained in Russia, has been named an honorary All-Star. Griner has been named an All-Star seven times previously in her career.
“During each season of Brittney’s career in which there has been an All-Star Game, she has been selected as an All-Star,” Engelbert said. “It is not difficult to imagine that if BG were here with us this season, she would once again be selected and would, no doubt, show off her incredible talents. So, it is only fitting that she be named as an honorary starter today and we continue to work on her safe return to the U.S.”