Former Gamecock and current Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson has earned yet another honor in her young WNBA career, getting named an All-Star starter and captain on Thursday.
As the second-leading fan vote getter, Wilson will serve as one of two captains for the 16th annual showcase, alongside Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics. The two will participate in a two-round draft from a pool of starters and reserves at an unannounced time to form their teams.
Through 15 games this season, Wilson is averaging 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, with a usage rate of 24.6%, a field goal percentage of 49.7%, a plus/minus average of 4.1 and a player impact estimate of 14.5, all top-20 marks in the league. She’s also averaging 2.3 assists per contest.
Defensively, Wilson has also become one of the league’s top players — she ranks 12th in defensive win shares and 19th in defensive rating among players with 10 or more starts. According to Basketball Reference, she ranks eighth in total win shares.
Among second-year players, Wilson leads the WNBA in scoring, rebounding, blocks and player impact estimate and is in the top 5 in net rating and assists.
Wilson and the Aces have become title contenders this season, aided by fellow All-Star starters Kayla McBride and Liz Cambage — Las Vegas currently leads the league with a 10-5 record.
Fan selections counted for 50 percent of the vote to determine the 10 starters. Current players and a national media panel accounted for 25 percent of the vote each.
This year’s contest will take place on July 27 in Las Vegas at home arena of Wilson’s Aces. It will be broadcast on ABC at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. Reserves for the game, voted on by coaches, will be announced next Monday.
WNBA All-Star Starters
A’ja Wilson — Las Vegas Aces (captain)
Elena Delle Donne — Washington Mystics (captain)
Liz Cambage — Las Vegas Aces
Chelsea Gray — Los Angeles Sparks
Brittney Griner — Phoenix Mercury
Natasha Howard — Seattle Storm
Jonquel Jones — Connecitcut Sun
Jewell Loyd — Seattle Storm
Kayla McBride — Las Vegas Aces
Kia Nurse — New York Liberty