Angel Reese and Caitlin Clark lead the WNBA All-Star team vs the US Olympic team

Basketball: Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will play on the WNBA All-Star squad against the United States Olympic team, which is captained by A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart.

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Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will play on the WNBA All-Star squad against the United States Olympic team, which is captained by A'ja Wilson and Breanna Stewart. The two outstanding rookies were chosen Tuesday by a combination of votes from the media, players, and fans, as well as the league's 12 coaches, to play in the game in Phoenix on July 20. This marks the league's 20th All-Star Game. 

Caitlin Clark was the biggest vote-getter from the fans, garnering 700,735 with her Indiana colleague Aliyah Boston finishing second 72,000 votes behind. Reese placed sixth with 381,518 votes. Wilson and Stewart finished third and fourth. Wilson won 607,300 votes, while Stewart received 424,135. 

The WNBA has benefited greatly from Clark and Angel Reese in terms of attendance, retail sales, and ratings. With Clark ranking third in assists with 6.9 and Reese leading the WNBA in rebounding with 11.4, they are also performing well on the court. There have only been two rookies on the squad eight times. In 2014, Shoni Schimmel and Chiney Ogwumike were the last.

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The U.S. squad includes Jackie Young, Chelsea Grey, and Kelsey Plum, three of Wilson's colleagues from Las Vegas. Grey was a member of the Olympic team in Tokyo, and Plum and Young both contributed to the United States' first-ever 3-on-3 gold medal.

Napheesa Collier and Jewell Loyd are two other players who returned from the Tokyo Games. Along with Kahleah Copper, Sabrina Ionescu, and Alyssa Thomas, the team will have a number of first-time Olympians. The American squad that won the 2022 World Cup in Australia included all three players.

Taurasi is playing in the game for the eleventh time this season since any player selected for the WNBA or the U.S. team is regarded as an All-Star. She is now the only person behind Sue Bird in history. 13 times, Bird was an All-Star.

The following players joined the WNBA All-Star squad: Kayla McBride of Minnesota, Kelsey Mitchell of Indiana, Nneka Ogwumike of Seattle, Arike Ogunbowale of Dallas, Allisha Grey of Atlanta, Dearica Hamby of Los Angeles, Jonquel Jones of New York, DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones of Connecticut. 

 

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