Storm stars Lauren Jackson and Sue Bird appear headed to another All-Star game as starters. First returns were released this morning and Jackson is second (18,169) behind Phoenix G Cappie Pondexter (26,701) among forwards while Bird is second (21,962) behind Mercury G Diana Taurasi (32,921) in that category.
Taurasi, whose team defeated Seattle on Wednesday, is the overall vote-getter.
Storm F Swin Cash is fourth 17,221 while C Janell Burse is fifth (6,585) and G Tanisha Wright is last (4,025) in their respective categories. Hometown product Cathrine Kraayeveld, a New York Liberty forward, received 4,060 votes in the Eastern Conference.
The balloting gives a lot of steam to Seattle fans’ gripe about not having enough home games to stuff the ballot as they’ve done in the past. Phoenix has played seven home games, so it’s no surprise that rookie DeWanna Bonner (17,973) ranks third among Western Conference forwards and first among the new class.
Voting continues through July 7, when the Storm hosts San Antonio – their fourth home game. The starters will be announced July 14. Reserves are selected by the conference coaches, who cannot vote for their own players. That lineup will be announced July 20.
The All-Star game is July 25 in Connecticut. But will you go or watch?
WNBA attendance is up a modest 2 percent, yet when I was listening to ESPN Seattle (710 AM) this morning, the consensus among male sports was that All-Star games don’t matter and players don’t want to participate. For fans, you get to see all of the stars at least once, so what’s the big whoop?
Basketball has always made All-Star games interesting mega-events, holding skills competitions, parties, and rookie games. Is that enough for your money in this economy?