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Chelsea Gray
Gray Selected Starter for WNBA All-Star Game
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/12/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – When starters take the court for the 2019 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, there will be a familiar face amongst Blue Devil fans in the form of Chelsea Gray. Gray earned a starting role in her third-straight appearance in the All-Star game, as the 2014 graduate was one of the 10 players who received the most votes from fans, current WNBA players and media members. Scheduled tip of the 16th annual game is set for 3:30 ET and will be televised live by ABC.

Gray has been a pivotal part of the Los Angeles Sparks this season. With the absence of former All-Stars Candace Parker and fellow alumna Alana Beard due to injuries for the most part of the first half of the summer, the former Blue Devil has taken the role as playmaker for her team. Shortly after scoring a career-high 29 points against New York, Gray eclipsed the 1,500-point career milestone on June 8 in the first of back-to-back 21 point games before cracking the top 10 in Sparks scoring history just 10 days later.

But even those impressive feats are not the highlight of her 2019 campaign. On July 7, Gray carried her team to a dominant win over the Washington Mystics, joining the likes of Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie as one of only eight players in WNBA regular-season history to post a triple-double. She announced to the world that she is beyond ready to be a big-time player, scoring 13 points and dishing 13 assists while grabbing 10 boards to all but seal her invitation to Las Vegas for the All-Star Game. Gray ranked as the third-leading vote-getter among guards while the media vote put her as the No. 1 voted guard in the league.

The decorated former Duke guard has helped her Los Angeles Sparks to a WNBA title in 2016 along with a Finals berth in 2017. Gray averages 13.3 points per game on the season, while contributing 5.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per contest. Gray also is one of the most clutch free-throw shooters in the league, shooting a staggering 96.3 (26-27) percent from the foul line.

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and Phoenix Mercury standout Brittney Griner finished with the most fan votes during WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google and will serve as team captains. Gray joins Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and the New York Liberty’s Kia Nurse as the guards chosen as starters. Forwards selected were Las Vegas’ Liz Cambage, Seattle’s Natasha Howard, Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones and Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson.

Captains Delle Donne and Griner will select their respective rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing from the pool of eight starters before choosing from a pool of 12 reserves, with selections to be announced on Monday, July 15.

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GUARDS
Player Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1. *Kayla McBride (Las Vegas) 2 2 2 2.0
2. *Jewell Loyd (Seattle) 1 6 1 2.25
3. *Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles) 3 1 5 3.0
4. *Kia Nurse (New York) 4 6 3 4.25
5. Odyssey Sims (Minnesota) 7 3 3 5.0
6. Kristi Toliver (Washington) 5 5 12 6.75
7. Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago) 8 4 15 8.75
8. Diamond DeShields (Chicago) 9 9 8 8.75
9. Kelsey Plum (Las Vegas) 6 13 12 9.25
10. Diana Taurasi (Phoenix) 10 13 7 10.0

FRONTCOURT
Player Fan Rank Media Rank Player Rank Weighted Score
1. *Elena Delle Donne (Washington) 1 1 5 2.0
2. *A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas) 2 4 1 2.25
3. *Natasha Howard (Seattle) 6 3 1 4.0
4. *Jonquel Jones (Connecticut) 7 2 3 4.75
5. *Liz Cambage (Las Vegas) 3 9 11 6.5
6. *^Brittney Griner (Phoenix) 9 5 6 7.25
7. ^DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix) 10 6 3 7.25
8. Candace Parker (Los Angeles) 5 12 9 7.75
9. Napheesa Collier (Minnesota) 4 12 13 8.25
10. Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota) 8 8 10 8.5

*–Voted to start
^–Tiebreaker for starting spot is highest fan vote

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