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WNBA All-Star Saturday Preview: After last year’s loss, Team Delle Donne seeks victory over Team Wilson

It’s WNBA All-Star Saturday! Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 All-Star Game, including rosters, guest performers and special All-Star rule changes.

Washington Mystics v Las Vegas Aces
A’ja Wilson and Elena Delle Donne are the team captains for this year’s All-Star Game.
Photo by David Becker/NBAE via Getty Images

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.

All-Star Saturday

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

The All-Stars

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:

Guest appearances and halftime entertainment

Kristin Chenoweth will be performing the national anthem before the game.

Kristin Chenoweth

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.