Sky’s Kahleah Copper, Emma Meesseman and Courtney Vandersloot highlight reserves for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022
NEW YORK – The Chicago Sky’s Kahleah Copper, Emma Meesseman, and Courtney Vandersloot, lead the list of 12 players who will serve as reserves in the 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game.
The reserves were selected by the league’s head coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The coaches were not able to vote for their own players.
Joining Copper and Vandersloot as reserves at guard are the Washington Mystics’ Ariel Atkins, the Phoenix Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith, the Atlanta Dream’s Rhyne Howard, the Seattle Storm’s Jewell Loyd, and the Dallas Wings’ Arike Ogunbowale.
Reserves in the frontcourt are Las Vegas Aces’ forward Dearica Hamby, New York Liberty forward Natasha Howard, Chicago Sky forward Emma Meesseman, and Connecticut Sun forwards Brionna Jones and Alyssa Thomas.
In addition to these 12 reserves, the 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 were previously announced on June 22, and those 10 were selected by fans, current players and media.
Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson and Seattle’s Breanna Stewart, by virtue of being the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes, will serve as official team co-captains. They will joined as co-captains by the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles and the Storm’s Sue Bird, who both have announced their retirement upon conclusion of the 2022 season after legendary careers spanning almost two decades. Fowles will be paired with Stewart; Bird will be paired with Wilson.
The captains for Team Wilson and Team Stewart will select their respective rosters during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on Saturday, July 2 (3 p.m. ET), choosing first from the remaining pool of starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Wilson will make the first pick.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 featuring Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart will be played on Sunday, July 10 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home of the defending champion Chicago Sky. The 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 1:00 p.m. ET.
As previously announced, joining former Kia WNBA MVPs Wilson, Stewart, and Fowles as AT&T All-Star Game starters in the frontcourt are 2021 Kia WNBA MVP Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun, 2016 Kia WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks, and two-time Kia WNBA MVP Candace Parker of the Chicago Sky. The starting guards, in addition to 13-time All-Star Bird, are New York’s Sabrina Ionescu and Las Vegas teammates Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young.
Las Vegas head coach Becky Hammon and Chicago head coach James Wade have earned spots as the head coaches for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022. With Las Vegas having clinched the best record in the WNBA through June 24 (13-3, .813), Hammon and the Aces’ staff will coach Team Wilson. Wade, whose Sky posted the second-best record through June 24 (12-5, .706), and the Chicago staff will guide Team Stewart.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 Reserves
• Ariel Atkins, Mystics (2nd All-Star selection): The Mystics’ second-leading scorer (15.0 ppg), Atkins was named to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game for the second consecutive season. Atkins, who was named to the WNBA’s All-Defensive Team in each of the past four WNBA seasons, is posting a career-best 3.6 rebounds per game and is leading the Mystics in steals (1.4 spg).
• Kahleah Copper, Sky (2nd All-Star selection): The reigning MVP of the WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV, Copper was named to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game for the second consecutive season. One of four Sky players who’ll play in front of their home crowd, Copper is averaging at least 14 points per game for the third straight season and is tied for her career-high in rebounding (5.5 rpg).
• Skylar Diggins-Smith, Mercury (6th All-Star selection): The Phoenix guard is leading the Mercury and ranks fifth in the league in scoring (18.8 ppg). A five-time All-WNBA selection, Diggins-Smith is on pace to become the first player in WNBA history to average at least 17 points and four assists in a season seven times.
• Dearica Hamby, Aces (2nd All-Star selection): A two-time Kia WNBA Sixth Player of the Year (2020, 2019), Hamby returns to the All-Star roster for the second straight season. She has helped the Aces post the best record in the WNBA (14-4) and the league’s No. 1 scoring offense (90.5 ppg). Hamby’s 8.8 rebounds per game rank fourth in the league and second on the Aces behind only Wilson (9.9). She also is averaging 12.8 ppg, the second-highest figure of her career.
• Natasha Howard, Liberty (2nd All-Star selection): Howard returns to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game for the first time since 2019. The Kia WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2019 and the Kia WNBA Most Improved Player in 2018, Howard ranks second on the Liberty in scoring (15.2 ppg) behind only Sabrina Ionescu and is tied with Ionescu for the team lead in rebounding (6.8 rpg).
• Rhyne Howard, Dream (1st All-Star selection): The No. 1 overall selection in the 2022 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, Howard is set to make her AT&T WNBA All-Star debut. She is pacing the Dream and the league’s rookies in scoring at 16.2 points per game and is averaging 4.7 rebounds. Her 1.6 steals per game also rank tops among the WNBA’s rookies and her 47 made three-point shots rank fourth overall in the league.
• Brionna Jones, Sun (2nd All-Star selection): The reigning Kia WNBA Most Improved Player, Jones returns to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game for the second consecutive year. She ranks third in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.564) and is contributing 5.0 rpg, 1.4 apg, and 1.3 spg.
• Jewell Loyd, Storm (4th All-Star selection): Loyd, who has twice earned a spot on the All-WNBA Team, including a First Team nod last season, was named to the All-Star roster for the fourth consecutive time. Her 16.6 points per game rank second on the Storm behind only Stewart (22.0) and her 46 made three-point shots rank fifth in the WNBA.
• Emma Meesseman, Sky (2nd time All-Star): The MVP of the 2019 WNBA Finals presented by YouTube TV, Meesseman returns to the AT&T All-Star Game for the first time since 2015. In her first season with Chicago, Meesseman ranks second among Sky players in scoring (13.2 ppg) behind only Copper (14.0 ppg) and is the team’s No. 2 rebounder (6.3 rpg), trailing only Parker (8.4 rpg). Her .556 field goal percentage ranks fourth in the league.
• Arike Ogunbowale, Wings (2nd All-Star selection): The 2021 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game MVP when she scored a game-high 26 points to lead Team WNBA to a 93-85 victory over the All-Stars from the USAB Women’s National Team in Las Vegas, Ogunbowale is pacing all WNBA players in made threes (60). After ranking first (2020), third (2019) and fifth (2021) in the league in scoring the past three seasons, Ogunbowale is the league’s No. 3 scorer this season (19.5 ppg).
• Alyssa Thomas, Sun (3rd All-Star selection): Thomas, a three-time WNBA All-Defensive Team selection who missed Connecticut’s first 30 games last season while recovering from an Achilles injury, returns to the AT&T WNBA All-Star Game for the first time since 2019. Thomas’ 8.0 rebounds per game rank second on the Sun behind only Jonquel Jones (9.1). Thomas is contributing 12.6 ppg and a career-high 5.8 apg.
• Courtney Vandersloot, Sky (4th All-Star): Vandersloot, who in 2021 led the WNBA in assists (8.6 apg) for the fifth consecutive season and sixth time overall, ranks No. 2 in the league this season (6.7 apg). She will be appearing in her third straight AT&T WNBA All-Star Game after first debuting in the WNBA’s mid-season showcase during her rookie season of 2011.
Below is the full roster of 2022 WNBA All-Stars.