WNBA All-Star 2018: Team Delle Donne Preview
By Tyler Berry
This weekend, the Minnesota Lynx will host the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game, featuring the new selection format. Team captains Candace Parker and Elena Delle Donne picked their rosters last week and, with the game just a day away, it’s as good a time as any to take a quick look at one side of the matchup: Team Delle Donne.
Captain: Elena Delle Donne
What a brilliant season Delle Donne is having. She’s averaging 20.5 points on 48 percent shooting, along with 7.1 rebounds. Her Washington Mystics are firmly in the playoff race thanks to her veteran leadership and she’ll surely bring that same leadership to her All-Star team.
Delle Donne selected some of the best guards available, taking the newly-cemented all-time leader in games played Sue Bird. The Seattle point guard will play in her 11th All-Star Game, bringing her ability to space the floor and facilitate on offense. Alongside her is Diana Taurasi, the Phoenix Mercury guard with a penchant for big scoring nights and the ability to shoot from deep. The squad will also have Delle Donne’s Mystics teammate Kristi Toliver – who’s having arguably her best season since 2013 – as well as Kayla McBride, the Vegas standout who’s averaging 19.3 points per game and shooting 41 percent from beyond the arc. Rounding out the guards is Seimone Augustus, the Lynx veteran and fan favorite.
With a floor general like Bird and a bunch of perimeter shooters, Team EDD should have a pretty deadly backcourt.
Team EDD brings Phoenix’s DeWanna Bonner to the frontcourt. Her ability to finish through contact and hit big shots make her dangerous every night. That certainly won’t change in the All-Star Game. Add in her teammate Brittney Griner and that makes for a combination that will be hard to beat. The team will also have Sylvia Fowles playing in her home stadium, as well as Seattle’s Breanna Stewart and Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson. Stewart can do it all, including hit the three-ball and finish at the rim. The rookie Wilson brings a polished game – one that’s led to 10double-doubles in 25 games –and she’ll look to show off in her first-ever All-Star appearance.
With the frontcourt presence from these players, Team Parker won’t have an easy time scoring inside, and that could be the difference maker in this exhibition matchup.