WNBA All-Star voting is LIVE!
Fans can vote for the league’s best and brightest players one of three ways: visit WNBA.com/vote, download the WNBA App and vote through the app, or via Twitter or Facebook by posting a player’s first and last name (or Twitter handle) and using the hashtag #WNBAVOTE. For more information on how to vote, visit FeverBasketball.com/vote. Make sure help send your favorite players to Seattle for the All-Star Game on July 22!
To help prepare your voting, here is why these six specific Fever players deserve to represent the Eastern Conference All-Stars (stats through June 20).
Key Stats: 10.8 ppg, 3.3 apg, 2.2 rpg, 1.1 spg, 45.3 FG%
Erica Wheeler is in her second season with the Fever, and has elevated her play in the absence of starting point guard Briann January. In her past five games, featuring four starts and a relief appearance of 42 minutes, Wheeler is pouring in 16.8 points per game, which would rank 10th in the league if it was her season scoring average. She’s also added 4.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds per game, and shot 47 percent from the field over the same stretch. Several of her teammates mentioned Wheeler when asked who was deserving of an All-Star nod, pointing out her constant effort and highlighting her recent play.
“I think Erica Wheeler is doing a great job stepping into that starting point guard role. Everyone’s contributing, but Erica has done a great job stepping up when we’ve needed her to,” captain Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga said.
“Several players are deserving, but if I had to pick one, I’d say Erica. If she can keep up her pace and intensity I don’t see why she couldn’t be an All-Star,” Candice Dupree said.
Wheeler has been a steady playmaking option off the bench, and has excelled in relief of January. The electric third-year pro is ready for her first All-Star appearance.
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Key Stats: 14.8 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 49.0 FG%
Candice Dupree is as steady as they come. She is a five-time All-Star and ranks in the top 12 in league history in both scoring and rebounding. In her debut season with the Fever, Dupree is leading the team in scoring and rebounding. She’s had double-figure point totals in six straight games and 9 of 11, and has scored 16 or more points six times.
In the most literal sense — and perhaps more than any other player in the WNBA — Dupree is a model of absolute efficiency, shooting above 50 percent nine times and ranking among league leaders in field goal percentage, scoring and rebounding.
A steady, veteran presence, Dupree has excelled in her first season with the Fever, and has done more than enough to earn her sixth All-Star nod.
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Key Stats: 11.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 97 FT%
In her second season as a pro, Tiffany Mitchell has continued to develop into one of the team’s best playmakers. The WNBA’s top free throw shooter (97.8 percent), Mitchell has raised her scoring average by four points and improved her rebounding, field goal percentage, and free throw percentage. January pointed to her as a player who deserves an All-Star selection, saying she’s among the best at her position.
She’s been a strong presence off the bench for the Fever, as she’s second on the team in scoring. She has an active streak of 40 consecutive makes and she’s scored in double figures in 10 games this season. In last week’s pair of wins over Atlanta and Chicago, Mitchell scored 28 of her 33 points in the second half of those games. She had seven points in the Fever’s 13-1 scoring run to take the lead at Chicago, and her 3-pointer was the go-ahead bucket in a comeback road win.
She was an All-Rookie selection last year, and could follow that up with an All-Star selection in her second season.
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Key Stats: 6.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 58.2 FG%
Since her arrival among the WNBA’s most prominent rebounders, Erlana Larkins has annually been All-Star worthy, but whether because of a lack of height or lack of scoring, she still awaits her first All-Star appearance. Larkins served as one of the biggest reasons why Indiana won its first championship in 2012. She owns more Fever rebounding records than anyone but Fever legend Tamika Catchings, and has been one of the steadiest presences in the WNBA.
Larkins has been a top-10 rebounder in the league three times, and has had a top-10 shooting percentage three times as well, including a 2014 season where she led the league. This year, Larkins is poised to become the second leading rebounder in team history, and at Chicago on Sunday, she scored a season-high 16 points. She’s also a strong presence defensively, ranking eighth in the WNBA in steals.
Larkins has long been one of the most underappreciated players in the league, and her consistent play warrants her first All-Star selection.
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Key Stats: 10.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg, 92.0 FT%
Shenise Johnson led the WNBA in free throw percentage last season with a Fever-record 93.8 percent conversion rate, and had the second-longest free throw streak in team history with 40 straight to close the year.
She’s scoring more points and turning the ball over fewer times than last season, and she remains in the league’s top ten free throw shooters. Johnson is the team’s fourth-leading scorer, scoring in double figures five times this year, including a career-high 24 points in the season opener against Seattle. She is also posting career-highs in assists and steals.
Johnson has been a key player for the Fever, and could be rewarded with her first All-Star nod.
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Key Stats: 9.0 ppg, 3.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 42.6 FG%, 40.0 3FG%
A 2015 All-Star, Briann January has been a defensive force since she entered the league. A five-time All-Defensive Team selection, January has been a strong presence her entire career. In a preseason survey of the WNBA’s general managers, she was named the best on-ball defender, and the second-best perimeter defender.
She’s scored in double figures four times in 7-plus games this season, including a 23-point effort to tie her career high in the season opener against Seattle. She recently missed three games and most of a fourth with an Achilles tendon strain, but returned last Sunday with 10 points off the bench at Chicago. January also had a strong game against Dallas on June 3, scoring 16 points and dishing seven assists. She is now one of the WNBA’s most veteran point guards as evidenced by a nearly 4-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
January is a top defensive player and a strong playmaker. She’s a two-way talent deserving of her second All-Star selection.
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