NEW YORK (AP) — The ballots have been cast and the WNBA is set to reveal its All-Stars. The league will announce its 22 All-Stars on Tuesday night, including the two captains who will choose their teams.
This season the WNBA also took conference affiliation out of the midseason game so potentially, although unlikely, all 22 players could be from one conference. The All-Stars will be selected through a combination of voting by fans (40 percent), current WNBA players and coaches (20 percent each) and a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters (20 percent).
The Lynx have been promoting all five of their starters as All-Star candidates. But that isn't like to happen based on individual performance and the quality of play elsewhere in the league.
In 2017, Maya Moore, Sylvia Fowles and Rebekkah Brunson represented the Lynx, along with coach Cheryl Reeve, with Moore scoring 23 points in the West's 130-121 victory over the East.
Here's a look at who could be on the All-Star teams this year when the game is played in Minnesota on July 28:
GUARDS Sue Bird, Storm — Averaging 7.1 assists a game. Imagine how many she could have in the All-Star Game.
DeWanna Bonner, Mercury — Has provided Phoenix with that third scoring option to take some of the pressure off Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner.
Skylar Diggins-Smith, Wings — Having an incredible MVP-caliber season averaging 19.5 points and 6.5 assists. Her best season as a pro so far.
Chelsea Gray, Sparks — Putting up solid numbers and has constantly hit big shots.
Tiffany Hayes, Dream — Missed a few games with a foot injury, but still putting up strong numbers.
Jewell Loyd, Storm — Continues to develop as a player and is one of the game's bright young stars.
Kayla McBride, Aces — Provided an outside scoring threat for Bill Laimbeer and Las Vegas. Seems to have gotten better as season has gone along.
Allie Quigley, Sky — Shooting 42 percent from 3 this season and playing really well.
Diana Taurasi, Mercury — Is putting up one of her best seasons ever and looks to be in the best shape of her career.
Courtney Vandersloot, Sky — Leads the league with 7.7 assists a game and knows how to get the ball to players in the best position to score.
Liz Cambage, Wings — Has left quite the impression so far in her return to the WNBA, dominating on both ends of the court.
Tina Charles, Liberty — Has become more comfortable shooting 3s this season making her more dangerous on the offensive end Elena Delle Donne, Mystics — Just became the fastest player to reach 3,000 points in her career.
Sylvia Fowles, Lynx — Still one of the top post players in the game.
Brittney Griner, Mercury — One of the most dominant players on both ends of the court.
Natasha Howard, Storm — Has had a breakout year in Seattle now that's she starting after coming off the bench in Minnesota for a few years.
Maya Moore, Lynx — One of the best players in the league year in and year out.
Chiney Ogwumike, Sun — Came back strong so far this season from an Achilles injury that sidelined her all of last season.
Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks — Not far off her MVP form from a few years ago. Candace Parker,
Sparks — Narrowly missed a triple-double in her last game and could put up those types of numbers in any game.
Breanna Stewart, Storm — Front-runner for MVP at the midway point of the season and seems to be only getting better each year.
A'ja Wilson, Aces — Has taken the league by storm in her rookie year, putting up incredible numbers.