As expected from the start of the season, the absence of star players — like Sue Bird (knee surgery), Diana Taurasi (back surgery), Breanna Stewart (Achilles surgery) and Skylar Diggins-Smith (maternity leave) — has made way for a new crop of All-Stars to play. Among them is first-time All-Star Odyssey Sims of the Minnesota Lynx.
On Monday, the WNBA announced Sims as an All-Star reserve. The backcourt beast who has been so stellar for so long is averaging 15.7 points, 5.4 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game for the Lynx this season.
Joining her in the second unit are two other first-time All-Stars: Diamond DeShields of the Chicago Sky and Erica Wheeler of the Indiana Fever.
Here is the complete list of reserves, which includes two pairs of WNBA wives (DeWanna Bonner and Candice Dupree, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot):
All 2019 WNBA All-Star reserves
All-Star captains Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces — stars of the two teams dominating the league this season — will draft their All-Star rosters from a pool of starters and reserves.
The WNBA All-Star Game is on Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.