The three Lynx playing in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 28 at Target Center will be on different teams.
Center Sylvia Fowles and guard Seimone Augustus will play on Team Delle Donne while forward Maya Moore — the MVP in the past two All-Star Games — will be on Team Parker.
Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and Candice Parker of the Los Angeles Sparks — the two team captains — took turns picking their teams during a conference call Thursday morning. The teams were announced on ESPN2 in the evening before a Mystics’ game.
Parker and Delle Donne each picked their WNBA teammates for their side in the All-Star Game on July 28 at Target Center.
Delle Donne said she took Mystics guard Kristi Toliver first. Parker drafted Sparks teammates Chelsea Gray and Nneka Ogwumike. Ogwumike also will be able to play with sister Chiney, who plays for Connecticut, for the first time in their pro careers as she’s also on Team Parker.
The order of the picks in the draft — a new twist for the All-Star Game — were not publicly revealed.
“It’s been a lot of fun. I’m glad we only picked earlier this morning as I haven’t had to keep the secret for too long,” Delle Donne said. “Candace and I were going back and forth on the phone. ... How can you go wrong when you have a group of All-Stars.”
Seven players who were on the 2016 Olympic team in Rio de Janeiro are on Delle Donne’s team.
The starters for the All-Star Game, decided by fan voting in the past, will be chosen by the team captains and coaches the day before the game.
WNBA All-Star Game weekend will offer a behind-the-scenes look during open practices July 27 at the Target Center for those who’ve purchased tickets to the game.
Team Delle Donne will practice from 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m., Team Parker from 2:15 p.m.-3 p.m. Doors open at noon for general admission seating.
In between the two practices, a panel discussion entitled “All-Star Inspiring Women Talk” will take place, featuring Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve, Rasmussen College president Trenda Boyum-Breen and former WNBA player Michele Van Gorp.
Erlana Larkins, coming off an eight-assist game, has signed a second seven-day contract with the Lynx.
In two games, Larkins has already brought a physical toughness to the team coming off the bench and proved adept at finding teammates cutting to the basket. Larkins had eight assists and six rebounds in the 89-65 win over Indiana on Wednesday.
The eight-year veteran was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft by the New York Liberty.