Jewell Loyd named to fourth All-Star team

NEW YORK — Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd has been named as a reserve to the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago’s Wintrust Arena on Sunday, July 10. Loyd will be making her fourth all-star game appearance.

Loyd, who has twice earned a spot on the All-WNBA Team including a First Team nod last season, was named to the All-Star roster for the fourth consecutive time. She ranks 11th in the league and second on the Storm with 16.6 points per game and her 46 made three-point shots ranks fifth in the WNBA. She has scored a season-high of 26 points in three different games and tallied her 3,500th career point on June 10 at Dallas.

Loyd is coming off the best season of her career, averaging 17.9 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game—all career-highs—en route to earning All-WNBA First Team honors. The two-time WNBA champion (2018, 2020) was also an All-Star in 2016, 2018, and 2021, playing last year with Team USA against the WNBA All-Stars in the runup to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo where she won Olympic gold.

The reserves were selected by the league’s head coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference.  The coaches were not able to vote for their own players. In addition to 12 reserves, 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 were previously announced on June 22 after being selected by fans, current players and media. 

Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson and Seattle’s Breanna Stewart, by virtue of being the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes, will serve as official team co-captains. They will joined as co-captains by the Minnesota Lynx’s Sylvia Fowles and the Storm’s Sue Bird, who both have announced their retirement upon conclusion of the 2022 season after legendary careers spanning almost two decades. Fowles will be paired with Stewart; Bird will be paired with Wilson.

The captains for Team Wilson and Team Stewart will select their respective rosters during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on Saturday, July 2 (3 p.m. ET), choosing first from the remaining pool of starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Wilson will make the first pick.

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2022 featuring Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart will be played on Sunday, July 10 at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, home of the defending champion Chicago Sky.  The 2022 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 1:00 p.m. ET.

—— StormBasketball.com ——