Reigning WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and the Seattle Storm’s Breanna Stewart have been unanimously chosen to the 2022 All-WNBA First Team, the league introduced Thursday forward of Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.
It was the third consecutive All-WNBA nod for Wilson, who will search to ship the Aces a franchise-first championship with a win Thursday over the Connecticut Sun, and the fifth total for Stewart.
The Chicago Sky’s Candace Parker, the Aces’ Kelsey Plum and the Phoenix Mercury’s Skylar Diggins-Smith rounded out the primary workforce.
Amid a profession yr wherein Plum additionally earned her first All-Star bid and received All-Star Game MVP, Plum’s All-WNBA choice is the primary of her profession. Parker and Diggins-Smith compiled their tenth and sixth All-WNBA honors, respectively. Plum drew 50 of 56 attainable first-team votes (and 5 second-team votes), whereas Diggins-Smith recorded 21 first-team votes (26 second-team) and Parker collected 24 first-team votes (21 second-team).
The Sun’s Alyssa Thomas and New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu additionally obtained the primary All-WNBA alternatives of their careers as members of the second workforce, becoming a member of the Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike (fifth choice), the Sun’s Jonquel Jones (fourth) and – – in her ultimate season previous to retirement — Sylvia Fowles of the Minnesota Lynx (eighth choice).
Thomas was the one second-team participant to earn not less than 20 first-team votes and nonetheless find yourself on the second workforce. Stewart, Plum, Thomas and Parker completed Nos. 2-5 in MVP voting behind Wilson.
Wilson additionally took dwelling the 2022 Defensive Player of the Year award this summer season, making her the fifth participant to win league MVP and DPOY in the identical season.
Voting for the All-WNBA groups was performed in a position-less format for the primary time in league historical past; simply three of the ten gamers to make both workforce have been listed as guards. Each member of the primary workforce will obtain $10,300; and every participant to make the second workforce will obtain $5,150.