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WNBA All-Star starters revealed: Names, snubs and surprises

Before you get ready for Thursday’s NBA Draft, take a moment to soak in all that is happening in the WNBA. In the last week alone, there have been retirement announcements, historic comebacks and now the naming of the 2022 All-Star starters.

The list of 10 was revealed on Wednesday afternoon during a segment on ESPN led by LaChina Robinson and Jorge Sedano. We have thoughts.

Keep in mind that fans got 50 percent of the say in these selections while players and media had 25 percent each.

Here’s a look at some surprises from the All-Star reveal, including snubs and unexpected starters.

The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game will take place in Chicago on Sunday, July 10 at 1:00 pm ET, on ABC.

Snub: Alyssa Thomas

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It feels weird not seeing Alyssa Thomas as an All-Star starter. Her production has slowed a bit since the start of the season when she was leading the WNBA in points per game. But she’s still been a really good, perhaps even the best, player on a top-3 team in the league.

I guess I can understand why Jonquel Jones got the nod over her as Jones has scored well lately and she is the reigning league MVP.

Thomas should be a lock to make the roster for the All-Star game in Chicago, but it’s still a bit shocking that her averages of 12.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals weren’t enough to earn a start.

Surprise: Sue Bird

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This is no knock on Sue Bird, but 8.6 points and 6.2 assists per game on 36.2 percent from the field doesn’t exactly scream “All-Star starter.” I get it, though. Bird is one of the W’s greatest to ever lace ’em up and her status in the league goes far beyond her numbers.

In what is officially her final year in the WNBA, this is the league honoring her for all she’s done for the sport in her 21 years — as is her co-captain declaration for the ASG.

Hopefully, she can have a cool moment in her final appearance.

Snub: Skylar Diggins-Smith

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So, the Phoenix Mercury haven’t had a good season. But neither have the Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx or New York Liberty, yet, those teams all have a player starting in the 2022 All-Star Game. There’s an argument to be made that Skylar Diggins-Smith is having just as good of a season as Sylvia Fowles, Nneka Ogwumike or Sabrina Ionescu.

Smith is having one of the best seasons of her career, and it’s hardly being talked about. Can anyone help me understand why?

Like Alyssa Thomas, Diggins-Smith should undoubtedly be named as an All-Star reserve.

Surprise: Three Aces starters

The surprise here isn’t that A’ja Wilson, Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum are all going to be All-Stars this year — certainly no surprise that Wilson is a starter. But it’s at least somewhat surprising that all three are going to be starters. It’s probably not too crazy when you actually think about it — the three of them have been some of the best players in the W so far, and they all play for the team with the best record in the league.

Shout out to these three, though. Can’t knock them for playing at the level they have been all season long.

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