The lineup is not a particular surprise from early returns which were released back in late June. Maya Moore earned the most votes of all players with 28,239.
The WNBA has officially announced who the starters will be for the 2014 All-Star Game which will be held in Phoenix.
First, here are the Eastern Conference Starters:
Player Team Position Shoni Schimmel Atlanta Dream Guard Cappie Pondexter New York Liberty Guard Angel McCoughtry Atlanta Dream Frontcourt Elena Delle Donne Chicago Sky Frontcourt Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever Frontcourt
Compared with early ballot returns which were released in the last week of June, there haven’t been too many changes, with the exception of Pondexter overtaking Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta. That said, Pondexter was only behind Latta by a mere 48 votes. In addition, Pondexter has more “brand name” recognition than Latta. Given that All-Star starter voting is a popularity contest, it shouldn’t be a shock to see Pondexter finish ahead. Still, the final vote count was close given that she had 10,104 while Latta had 9,932.
With Elena Delle Donne sitting out indefinitely due to Lyme Disease complications, it is a real possibility that she will sit out the All-Star Game. If she does, one of the reserves will replace her in the starting lineup.
And here are the Western Conference starters:
Player Team Position Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury Guard Skylar Diggins
Guard Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx Frontcourt Candace Parker Los Angeles Sparks Frontcourt Brittney Griner Phoenix Mercury Frontcourt
The one change from the early returns in the West is Skylar Diggins supplanting Seimone Augustus in one of the guard spots. Diggins made up a 1,577 vote gap to leapfrog both Augustus and Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen and earn a starting spot.
Finally, below is a list of the Top 10 players based on the number of votes cast:
Player Conference Votes Maya Moore Western 28,239 Elena Delle Donne Eastern 26.129 Shoni Schimmel Eastern 25,601 Candace Parker Western 23,555 Diana Taurasi Western 19,404 Brittney Griner Western 18,432 Skylar Diggins Western 17,937 Seimone Augustus Western 16,143 Tamika Catchings Eastern 13,939 Erika de Souza Eastern 12,859
The All-Star reserves will be announced next Tuesday, on July 15.