This year's WNBA All-Star teams are being decided a little differently than in years past. Every single player in the league was eligible to be a starter if they received enough fan votes on various social media platforms.
Voting closed on July 9th, and the starters were announced on July 14th for the Eastern and Western Conference.
WNBA coaches will select the remaining six reserves for each team, and these selections will be announced on July 21st in ESPN2's national telecast of the Los Angeles Sparks vs. the Phoenix Mercury.
Here are the starters as selected by fan votes on social media:
Eastern Conference All-Star Team Starters:
- Elena Delle Donne (18,034 votes)
- Tamika Catchings (9,923 votes)
- Shoni Schimmel (8,881 votes)
- Angel McCoughtry (7,619 votes)
- Tina Charles (6,129 votes)
Western Conference All-Star Team Starters:
- Skylar Diggins (15,895 votes)
- Maya Moore (13,706 votes)
- Seimone Augustus (9,599 votes)
- Brittney Griner (7,138 votes)
- Candice Dupree (5,954)
The WNBA coaches will decide the other 12 players who will become All-Stars this year.
This is who should make the teams based on the 2015 season so far.
Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Sky)
Chicago is not just the Elena Delle Donne show. Cappie Pondexter has been an extremely important part of the Sky's success this season, particularly in the month of July so far. She is averaging over 18 points per game in July and is averaging 17.6 points per game this season, good for fifth in the league. WNBA fans all know Pondexter is one of the best players in league history, but it is extremely impressive that she is fifth in the league in scoring in her tenth season in the WNBA.
Alex Bentley (Connecticut Sun)
In her 13 starts for the Sun this season, Alex Bentley is averaging a team-leading 17.1 points per game. Her scoring average ranks seventh in the league and fourth in the Eastern Conference. She has only had one game this season in which she did not score in double-figures. She also is an excellent defensive player, as she is second in the league with 34 steals this season.
Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics)
Emma Meesseman has emerged as a star this season for Washington. She is leading the Mystics in scoring at 13.7 points per game and in minutes at a little over 31 per game. Her ability to score is vital for Washington, as they are 0-3 in the month of July, all games in which Meesseeman has not reached double-figures. She should get back on track leading into the All-Star game, as she scored 14+ points per game in seven of the Mystics first nine games of the season.
Kelsey Bone (Connecticut Sun)
Kelsey Bone is another young player for Connecticut that is having the best season of her career. Bone is averaging nearly 15 points per game for the Sun as well as over six rebounds per game. She is shooting a staggering 54.5% from the field, which ranks fifth in the league. Bone and Alex Bentley have combined to score over 40% of the Sun's points this season.
Stefanie Dolson (Washington Mystics)
In her second season in the WNBA, Stefanie Dolson has nearly doubled her scoring average from her rookie season, and is averaging almost 13 points per game as well as 7.8 rebounds per game. She ranks third in the league in shooting percentage (.547) and eighth in rebounding. She's recorded five consecutive games of double-figure scoring as the Mystics are beginning to rely on her more and more.
Marissa Coleman (Indiana Fever)
Marissa Coleman is having a breakout season in her seventh year in the WNBA. She has started all 14 games for the Fever and is averaging 13.1 points per game; four points more than her 2014 scoring average. She's also shooting 40% or better from the field and from behind the three-point line. Coleman leads the Fever in field goals made, three-pointers made and is currently tied with Tamika Catchings for highest scoring average on the team.
Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx) *should replace injured Diggins in starting lineup
Lindsay Whalen has been the second-best point guard in the Western Conference this season behind Diggins. She is averaging 12.3 points per game and 4.5 assists per game this season for the league-leading Lynx. Her assist average is good for fifth in the WNBA. She is a crucial factor in Minnesota's success this season, as she has been for the past six years, she's worn a Lynx uniform.
DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury)
DeWanna Bonner is putting up impressive numbers for the Mercury so far this season. She is averaging 17.6 points per game, the second-highest scoring average of her career. She is also averaging 6.6 rebounds per game and 3.6 assists per game. Bonner has played the most minutes on the team this season, and was the main reason the team stayed afloat without Brittney Griner at the beginning of the season.
Riquna Williams (Tulsa Shock)
Riquna Williams has stepped up into a major role for Tulsa, as injuries to Skylar Diggins and Odyssey Sims have left the Shock thin at the guard position. Williams is averaging 15.2 points per game and 3.5 assists per game for the Shock this season. She ranks first in the league in three-point makes and fourth in made free throws. She recently scored 31 points and grabbed seven rebounds vs. Indiana on July 15th.
Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
After returning from an early season injury, Ogwumike is putting up excellent numbers for the Sparks. She is averaging 17.9 points per game, fourth in the league and second in the Western Conference. She's also averaging 10.5 rebounds per game, making her the only player in the league averaging a double-double. In the ten games she is played, she has yet to score less than 11 points in a game and has recorded five double-doubles including a 26-point, 19-rebound performance vs. Phoenix on July 5th.
Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars)
In ten games for the Stars this season, Kayla McBride is averaging a team-leading 14 points per game. She has been called on to lead the team's offense this year, in only her second season in the WNBA. She is eighth in the Western Conference in scoring.
Plenette Pierson (Tulsa Shock)
Plenette Pierson is the other reason why the Tulsa Shock has continued to win games this season despite their injury woes. Pierson has found the fountain of youth, averaging a career-high 13.1 points per game in her 13th season in the WNBA.
Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
Similar to Pierson, Bird is in her 13th season in the league and is still performing at a very high level. At the point guard position, Bird is averaging 10.1 points per game as well as 4.9 assists per game. Her assist per game average is third in the league, and she's started every game this season for the Storm. Bird has recorded five or more assists in every game but one in the month of July so far.