The WNBA has officially announced who the starters will be for the 2014 All-Star Game which will be held in Phoenix.
First, here are the Eastern Conference Starters:
|Shoni Schimmel||Atlanta Dream||Guard|
|Cappie Pondexter||New York Liberty||Guard|
|Angel McCoughtry||Atlanta Dream||Frontcourt|
|Elena Delle Donne||Chicago Sky||Frontcourt|
|Tamika Catchings||Indiana Fever||Frontcourt|
Compared with early ballot returns which were released in the last week of June, there haven't been too many changes, with the exception of Pondexter overtaking Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta. That said, Pondexter was only behind Latta by a mere 48 votes. In addition, Pondexter has more "brand name" recognition than Latta. Given that All-Star starter voting is a popularity contest, it shouldn't be a shock to see Pondexter finish ahead. Still, the final vote count was close given that she had 10,104 while Latta had 9,932.
With Elena Delle Donne sitting out indefinitely due to Lyme Disease complications, it is a real possibility that she will sit out the All-Star Game. If she does, one of the reserves will replace her in the starting lineup.
And here are the Western Conference starters:
|Diana Taurasi||Phoenix Mercury||Guard|
|Maya Moore||Minnesota Lynx||Frontcourt|
|Candace Parker||Los Angeles Sparks||Frontcourt|
|Brittney Griner||Phoenix Mercury||Frontcourt|
The one change from the early returns in the West is Skylar Diggins supplanting Seimone Augustus in one of the guard spots. Diggins made up a 1,577 vote gap to leapfrog both Augustus and Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen and earn a starting spot.
Finally, below is a list of the Top 10 players based on the number of votes cast:
|Elena Delle Donne||Eastern||26.129|
|Erika de Souza||Eastern||12,859|
The All-Star reserves will be announced next Tuesday, on July 15.