WNBA All-Star selections: Storm surge and rookie picks

Seattle sensation Natasha Howard seeks to thwart the efforts of A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces. - Ethan Miller/Getty Images

WNBA All-Star voting closes tomorrow. Since the league does not have a separate game for rookies, three first-year players are featured on my list of picks. Many Storm players are on the list, too, because when the team is playing great it is hard to ignore the individual players who make it up.

The Case

Briann January has a 61.7 true shooting percentage, the third highest in the league among guards.

Jewell Loyd has a net rating of 14.4 and has a true shooting percentage of 55.8%. The player closest to her is Sue Bird who has a net rating of 17.9, but only 51.2 TS% and has played two fewer games.

Kelsey Mitchell has the highest usage rate among guards in the league at 26.6% and a Player Impact Estimate of 6.7, which is fourth among rookies over 22 minutes per game.

Kia Nurse has the second highest TS% among rookie guards at 55.2% and the highest Player Impact Estimate of any rookie at 10.1.

Among guards averaging over 30 minutes per game, Kristi Toliver has the highest net rating at 7.2 and slightly behind Jewell Loyd in TS% at 61.2%.

Shavonte Zellous has an assist/turnover ratio of 2.7 and is an impact player rebounding the ball at 7.8. The only player other to match those stats among guards is Alana Beard, but Zellous shoots the ball better at 49.3% TS% versus 45.2% TS%.

Liz Cambage is fifth in the WNBA in terms of TS% (leading all centers) at 63.6%. She leads the league in Player Impact Estimate at 20.9.

Natasha Howard is first among forwards with a net rating of 14.3 and second in the league with 5.2 block percentage.

Breanna Stewart leads the league in scoring at 21.8 PPG, just ahead of Cambage (20.8). She is behind Cambage in Player Impact Estimate at 18.9.

A'ja Wilson is the leading Rookie of the Year candidate. She is second among centers in PPG at 20.1, less than point behind Liz Cambage (20.8), which tied with Diana Taurasi for third in the league. She is ninth in terms of Player Impact at 16.0 and is one of two centers in the league to have played every game up to this point and average over 30 minutes per game. The other is Britney Griner.

These are among some of the best players in the league. The WNBA will shine and deserves a lot of attention when its best players take the court on July 28.

Here are my 2018 All-Star picks:


Forwards and Centers