2022 WNBA All-Star Game
1234 Total
Team Stewart 28112835 112
Team Wilson 23363342 134
DateJuly 10, 2022
ArenaWintrust Arena
CityChicago, Illinois
MVPKelsey Plum
Attendance9,572
NetworkUSA: ABC
Canada: TSN3/SN1
AnnouncersRyan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo, Holly Rowe, LaChina Robinson, Carolyn Peck
WNBA All-Star Game
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The 2022 WNBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game that was played on July 10, 2022 at Wintrust Arena. The Chicago Sky hosted the game and related events for the first time.[1]

The league also debuted a new, two-day fan event called "WNBA Live," which included interactive events as well as the All-Star teams' practice. This year also brought back the Three-Point Contest and Skills Competition, for the first time since 2019.[2]

A'ja Wilson, of the Las Vegas Aces was the overall leader in fan votes with 88,407, with Breanna Stewart, of the Seattle Storm, finishing in 2nd with 79,520 votes.[3]

Allie Quigley won the MTN Dew 3-Point Shootout for a WNBA and NBA record 4th time.[4] Sabrina Ionescu and her high school partner and NC State commit, Zoe Brooks, won the Skills Challenge.[5]

Team Wilson defeated Team Stewart 132–112. Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces scored 30 points to tie Maya Moore for the All-Star Game record for points. She was named the MVP of the game.[6] This was A'ja Wilson's second time winning as team captain – moving herself to 2–0.

Rosters

Selection

On June 2, the WNBA announced that 2022 would similar roster selection process to the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game. Fans, WNBA players, head coaches, sports writers, and broadcasters would all be able to vote for All Stars. All groups could fill out a ballot of four guards and six front court players. Players and coaches could not vote for members of their own team. Voting began on June 3 at 2 p.m. ET and concluded on Monday, June 20 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

The voting was weighted as follows:

Voting group Vote weight
Fans 50%
WNBA players 25%
Sports media 25%

Players were not allowed to vote for their own teammates. The top 10 players receiving votes based on this weighting would be selected to the All-Star Game. These ten players would be deemed the starters. The starters were revealed on June 22, 2022. After the announcement of the starters, the WNBA's head coaches selected the 12 reserves. Coaches voted for three guards, five frontcourt players, and four players at either position regardless of conference. They could not vote for their own players. The reserves were announced on June 28, 2022. The top two vote-getters were captains of the two All-Star teams and selected their teams from the pool of 8 remaining starters and the 12 reserves.[7] The captains drafted their respective rosters by selecting first from the remaining eight players in the pool of starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. ESPN broadcast the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on July 2, 2022.[8]

Fan Vote Results

The following is the top 20 players based on fan voting alone.

Rank Player Number of Votes
1 A'ja Wilson 88,407
2 Breanna Stewart 79,520
3 Kelsey Plum 68,678
4 Candace Parker 66,462
5 Elena Delle Donne 45,876
6 Sylvia Fowles 42,828
7 Jackie Young 41,951
8 Nneka Ogwumike 41,177
9 Sue Bird 38,791
10 Skylar Diggins-Smith 34,561
11 Jewell Loyd 33,307
12 Dearica Hamby 32,862
13 Sabrina Ionescu 31,546
14 Diana Taurasi 30,667
15 Jonquel Jones 30,489
16 Courtney Vandersloot 27,780
17 Rhyne Howard 27,438
18 Kahleah Copper 26,037
19 Tina Charles 23,898
20 Arike Ogunbowale 23,440

Full Voting Results

The following are the overall scores for the Top 10 finishers – based on the results from all three voting groups. The fans votes was weighed at 50%, while votes from the media and players were weighed 25%. The players are sorted by their positions. The top four players at the guards and the top 6 players at the frontcourt positions were deemed the starters for the game.

Guards
Position Player Team Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1 Kelsey Plum Las Vegas Aces 1 1 1 1.0
2 Jackie Young Las Vegas Aces 2 2 2 2.0
3 Sabrina Ionescu New York Liberty 6 4 5 5.25
4 Sue Bird Seattle Storm 3 9 7 5.50
5 Jewell Loyd Seattle Storm 5 10 3 5.75
6 Skylar Diggins-Smith Phoenix Mercury 4 3 14 6.25
7 Arike Ogunbowale Dallas Wings 11 4 4 7.50
8 Courtney Vandersloot Chicago Sky 8 8 8 8.0
9 Rhyne Howard Atlanta Dream 9 6 9 8.25
10 Kelsey Mitchell Indiana Fever 13 6 6 9.50
Frontcourt
Position Player Team Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1 A'ja Wilson Las Vegas Aces 1 2 1 1.25
2 Breanna Stewart Seattle Storm 2 1 2 1.75
3 Sylvia Fowles Minnesota Lynx 5 5 4 4.75
4 Nneka Ogwumike Los Angeles Sparks 6 4 5 5.25
5 Jonquel Jones Connecticut Sun 8 3 3 5.50
6 Candace Parker Chicago Sky 3 7 13 6.50
7 Dearica Hamby Las Vegas Aces 7 9 7 7.50
8 Elena Delle Donne Washington Mystics 4 12 20 10.00
9 Tina Charles Phoenix Mercury 9 11 11 10.00
10 Emma Meesseman Chicago Sky 11 9 9 10.00

Head coaches

The head coaches for the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 were the head coaches of the two teams regardless of conference with the best records following games on Friday, June 24. The head coach with the best record as of that date coached the team whose captain earned the most fan votes.

Becky Hammon, coach of the Las Vegas Aces, and James Wade, coach of the Chicago Sky, qualified to be the two head coaches for the 2022 All-Star Game on June 24, 2022.[9] They earned the right to be the coaches as they guided their teams to the top two spots in the standings as of that date. This is Hammon and Wade's first time as head coaches in the All-Star game. Wade had previous been an assistant coach for the Western Conference Team in the 2017 game.

All-Star Pool

The players for the All-Star Game were selected by the voting process described above. The starters for the game were announced on June 22, 2022, with A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm leading in fan votes. Those two were named captains for the game, along with Sue Bird of the Seattle Storm and Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx who were named additional captains. This was Wilson and Stewarts fourth time being named to the All-Star team, while Fowles was named for the eighth time and Bird was named for the thirteenth time.

Candace Parker of the Chicago Sky and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks were named to the starting frontcourt, both earning their seventh all-star appearance. Jonquel Jones of the Connecticut Sun rounded out the frontcourt, earning her fourth all-star selection. In the backcourt, Sabrina Ionescu of the New York Liberty, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young of the Las Vegas Aces were named to the starting lineup, each earning their first all-star selection. Brittney Griner was named an honorary All-Star and starer.[10]

The All-Star Game reserves were announced on June 28, 2022. The reserves at the guard position included Courtney Vandersloot of the Chicago Sky, her fourth selection; Kahleah Copper of the Chicago Sky, her second selection; Ariel Atkins of the Washington Mystics, her second selection; Skylar Diggins-Smith, her sixth selection; Arike Ogunbowale of the Dallas Wings, her second selection; Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm, her fourth selection; and Rhyne Howard of the Atlanta Dream; her first selection.

The reserves at the frontcourt position included Dearica Hamby of the Las Vegas Aces, her second selection; Natasha Howard, her second selection; Brionna Jones of the Connecticut Sun, her second selection; Emma Meesseman of the Chicago Sky, her second selection; and Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun, her third selection.[11]

^HON Griner named an Honorary All-Star Starter.

All-Star Selections per team

Number of All-Star players per team
Team Number of players
Atlanta Dream 1
Chicago Sky 4
Connecticut Sun 3
Indiana Fever 0
New York Liberty 2
Washington Mystics 1
Dallas Wings 1
Las Vegas Aces 4
Los Angeles Sparks 1
Minnesota Lynx 1
Phoenix Mercury 2
Seattle Storm 3

Draft

The WNBA-All Star draft took place on July 2, 2022. A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart were named captain respectively as they received the most fan votes. Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles were named honorary All-Star captains. Bird was assigned to Team Wilson, while Fowles to Team Stewart. The first six players to be drafted were starters. The next 12 players, chosen by WNBA head coaches were then drafted. Wilson began the draft of the starters due to her having the most votes, while Stewart began the draft of the reserves.[12]

2022 All-Star Draft
Pick Player Team
1 Candace Parker Wilson
2 Jackie Young Stewart
3 Kelsey Plum Wilson
4 Jonquel Jones Stewart
5 Nneka Ogwumike Wilson
6 Sabrina Ionescu Stewart
7 Jewell Loyd Stewart
8 Rhyne Howard Wilson
9 Kahleah Copper Stewart
10 Dearica Hamby Wilson
11 Skylar Diggins-Smith Stewart
12 Courtney Vandersloot Wilson
13 Alyssa Thomas Stewart
14 Ariel Atkins Wilson
15 Arike Ogunbowale Stewart
16 Brionna Jones Wilson
17 Emma Meesseman Stewart
18 Natasha Howard Wilson

Final rosters

Game

July 10, 2022
1:00 p.m. ET
Team Wilson 134, Team Stewart 112
Scoring by quarter: 23–28, 36–11, 33–38, 42–35
Pts: Kelsey Plum (30)
Rebs: Sylvia Fowles (9)
Asts: Courtney Vandersloot (8)
Pts: Jonquel Jones (29)
Rebs: Jonquel Jones (13)
Asts: Sue Bird/Skylar Diggins-Smith (6)
Wintrust Arena, Chicago, Illinois
Attendance: 9,572
Referees: Isaac Barnett, Tim Greene, Toni Patillo

Rule Changes

The WNBA put in three special rules for the 2022 All-Star Game:[13]

Three-Point Contest & Skills Challenge

On June 2, 2022, it was announced that there would be a Three-Point Contest and Skills Challenge on July 9, the night before the All-Star game. It was televised on ESPN in the USA and on TSN1/3/4/5 in Canada. This is the first time since 2019 that it was held. The Three-Point Contest was sponsored by Mountain Dew. The 3-PT Contest and WNBA Skills Challenge took place indoors at McCormick Place for a special audience of participants in the Girls Nike Nationals[14][15]

Three-Point Contest

The contestants for the Mountain Dew 3-Point Contest were announced on July 7, 2022.[16] 3-Time Champion Allie Quigley was the only non-All-Star to be in the competition. The Three-Point Shootout is a two-round, timed competition in which five shooting locations are positioned around the three-point arc. Four racks contain four WNBA balls (each worth one point) and one “money” ball (worth two points). The fifth station is a special “all money ball” rack, which each participant can place at any of the five locations. Every ball on this rack is worth two points. Two balls were placed on pedestals between racks 2 and 3 and racks 3 and 4 in “THE DEW ZONE™”. Each of these balls is worth three points. The players have one minute and ten seconds to shoot as many of the 27 balls as they can. The three competitors with the highest scores in the first round advance to the championship round.[17]

Position Player From 2022 Season 3-point statistics 1st Round 2nd Round
Made Attempted Percent
G Allie Quigley Chicago 28 82 34.1 26 30
G Ariel Atkins Washington 49 130 37.7 24 21
G Rhyne Howard Atlanta 50 148 33.8 24 14
G Arike Ogunbowale Dallas 67 180 37.2 21
G Jewell Loyd Seattle 56 146 38.4 18
G Kelsey Plum Las Vegas 71 169 42.0 14

Skills Challenge

On July 8, 2022, the WNBA announced the eight competitors that would be involved in the Skills Challenge. The Skills Challenge were teams consisting of one WNBA player and one athlete from the Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) participating in the 2022 Nike Nationals. The teams competed head-to-head in an obstacle course relay competition that tests dribbling, passing, agility and shooting skills. A three-round, bracket-style event, the Skills Challenge featured two teams competing simultaneously on an identical course. The team that successfully completes the course first shall be deemed the winner of that matchup and advance to the next round of the competition.[18]

Skills Competitors
Position Player Team
G Rhyne Howard Atlanta Dream
G Sabrina Ionescu New York Liberty
F Jonquel Jones Connecticut Sun
G Kelsey Plum Las Vegas Aces
F NaLyssa Smith Indiana Fever
F/C Azura Stevens Chicago Sky
G Courtney Vandersloot Chicago Sky
G Jackie Young Las Vegas Aces

Skills Challenge Bracket

 
1st RoundSemi-FinalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
 Team Howard (Atlanta) X
 
 
 
 Team Plum (Las Vegas) O
 
 Team Plum (Las Vegas) X
 
 
 
 Team Ionescu (New York) O
 
 Team Ionescu (New York) O
 
 
 
 Team Stevens (Chicago) X
 
 Team Ionescu (New York) O
 
 
 
 Team Smith (Indiana) X
 
 Team Jones (Connecticut) O
 
 
 
 Team Young (Las Vegas) X
 
 Team Jones (Connecticut) X
 
 
 
 Team Smith (Indiana) O
 
 Team Smith (Indiana) O
 
 
 Team Vandersloot (Chicago) X
 

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