At long last, All-Star Saturday is here. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be hosted by the Las Vegas Aces at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. The rosters feature plenty of newcomers and All-Star veterans alike, and the game will feature some interesting rule changes to make it even more entertaining.
2019 WNBA All-Star Game
It’s Team Wilson against Team Delle Donne at Mandalay Bay!
When: Saturday, July 27, at 3:30 p.m. ET | TICKETS
How to watch: ABC
Trades and first-time All-Stars took center stage during the Selection Special.
As the two leading All-Star vote-getters, the Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson were given the honors of choosing their squads from the pool of remaining players. You’ll have to watch the draft if you haven’t already:
Taking their executive roles seriously, Delle Donne and Wilson agreed upon a trade that swapped Napheesa Collier for Tina Charles, thus ensuring that the Minnesota Lynx rookie would play alongside her All-Star teammates Odyssey Sims and Sylvia Fowles. The captains also agreed to swap coaches: Mike Thibault and the Mystics coaching staff will lead Team Delle Donne and Bill Laimbeer and his assistants from Las Vegas will coach Team Wilson.
By the time the wheeling and dealing was over, here’s what the final rosters (and some sharp-looking jerseys!) looked like:
Six players will participate in the All-Star Game for the first time, including Collier, who was chosen by new WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert as an injury replacement for Wilson. Wilson will be out for the foreseeable future due to an ankle sprain.
There are plenty of familiar names, too. Players like Charles, Fowles, Brittney Griner and Nneka Ogwumike have become All-Star staples over the years. Overall, it’s a nice mix of the WNBA’s current generation of stars and its next big wave of talent.
The rules of the game will also be modified a bit, as reported by the AP’s Doug Feinberg:
The @WNBA having fun in All-Star Game; experimenting with 20 second shot clock and also having a once per quarter "hockey" like sub; where you can tag in someone on offense who's waiting to sub. Should be interesting.— Doug Feinberg (@DougFeinberg) July 26, 2019
Guest appearances and halftime entertainment
Kristin Chenoweth will be performing the national anthem before the game.
The halftime show, meanwhile, will be performed by Teyana Taylor.
Rounding out the guest performers are Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group. Cirque du Soleil will perform during player introductions and Blue Man Group will be scattered throughout the stadium during the game and interacting with the crowd.