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WNBA All-Star Game 2014: The 2013 "Big Three" Draft Picks all voted as starters

Sophomore players Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne, and Skylar Diggins were all voted in as starters for the 2014 WNBA All-Star Game. It won't be the last.


I'm not a fan of some the buzz centered around "The Three Words that Shalt Not Be Mentioned," also known as The "3 to See." This isn't because I don't like Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner, Chicago Sky forward Elena Delle Donne or Tulsa Shock guard Skylar Diggins. In fact, I like them a lot. I just really hated the advertising campaign that ESPN and the league did.

This year, all three of them were voted as starters to the All-Star Game, and for the most part I have no complaints on them making the team, once you factor in their contributions.

Diggins has made a significant leap in her performance this season and is one of the most prolific scorers in the league this season after a not-so-great 2013 campaign. Griner leads the WNBA blocks by a wide margin and has been key to the Mercury's improved defensive play in 2014. Delle Donne has missed about half of the season (and counting) due to Lyme Disease complications, but she is Chicago's leading scorer, and the Sky is a much better team with her than without her on the floor.

This game is also notable because barring injuries or other unforeseen events, at least some of these players will play in Phoenix next Saturday, July 19. It will also be the first time that players in the 2013 Draft Class will be playing in the game.

Last season, Delle Donne and Griner were voted in as starters to the 2013 All-Star Game while Diggins was not, at least in part because she was not playing at a high level. However when the game was played, neither Delle Donne nor Griner were able to get on the court due to injuries and put a damper on the game to some extent.

While it appears that Delle Donne may miss the All-Star game once again because she is still treating her Lyme Disease, we should have an opportunity to see Diggins and Griner show what they can do in an exhibition game. At least in part because of her game-changing play last Sunday, maybe Griner can show us more dunks she can do with players around her. And maybe Diggins can show us another crossover which won't require contact in order to make a defender fall. I'll definitely tune in to see what they do.

The All-Star Game could also be kind of a launching pad for the Big Three as well as they continue their careers. That is actually what I look forward to seeing the most.

Who do you think will be the first to win a WNBA championship, or an MVP award out of the 2013 Big Three? Who will have the best overall career of the three? Do you think they will all stay with their current teams long term? Feel free to share your thoughts below.