October 15, 2023
WNBA announces All-WNBA First and Second Teams
Stewart, Thomas and Wilson lead the way; four players make their first All-WNBA teams
New York’s Breanna Stewart, Alyssa Thomas from the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas’ A’ja Wilson were the top three finishers in MVP voting and were unanimous selections to the All-WNBA First Team. Stewart, Thomas and Wilson became the first trio ever to make the All-WNBA First Team, All-Defensive First Team and top three in MVP voting in the same season.
|All-WNBA First Team||All-WNBA Second Team|
|Breanna Stewart, New York Liberty*||Nneka Ogwumike, Los Angeles Sparks|
|Alyssa Thomas, Connecticut Sun*||Jackie Young, Las Vegas Aces|
|A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas Aces*||Chelsea Gray, Las Vegas Aces|
|Napheesa Collier, Minnesota Lynx||Jewell Loyd, Seattle Storm|
|Satou Sabally, Dallas Wings||Sabrina Ionescu, New York Liberty|
Players received five points for a first-team vote and three for a second-team vote from a panel of 60 voters, for a maximum of 300 points. For the second straight year, players were selected without considering the position they play.
Stewart, who was named MVP for the second time in her career, averaged 23.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game during her debut season with the Liberty. She set franchise single-season records for points with 919, which is also the second-most in league history, and rebounds with 371. She also led the Liberty to the finals for the first time in 21 years. Stewart was named to the All-WNBA First Team for the fifth time in her career, including each of the last four seasons.
Thomas made the All-WNBA First Team for the first time in her career. She averaged 15.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game, leading the Sun to the No. 3 seed in the playoffs. Additionally, she set a WNBA record with eight career triple-doubles in the regular season, six of which she recorded this season.
Wilson led the Aces to the No. 1 seed for the second consecutive season by averaging 22.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. She was named to the All-WNBA First Team for the second consecutive year and the third time in her career. The Aces are seeking to become the first team to repeat as champions since the 2001-02 Los Angeles Sparks.
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Napheesa Collier, a forward for the Minnesota Lynx, led her team to the playoffs for the first time since 2021. She also earned a spot on the All-WNBA First Team for the first time in her career after finishing fourth in the MVP race. She had a breakout season, averaging a career-high 21.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. Additionally, she was named to the All-Defensive Second Team. Collier received 34 first-team and 22 second-team votes and finished with 236 points.
Satou Sabally, a forward who was also named the 2023 Most Improved Player, has been named to the All-WNBA First Team for the first time in her career. She led the Dallas Wings to the No. 4 seed in the playoffs and averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. She received 18 first-team and 32 second-team votes and finished with 186 points.
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The All-WNBA Second Team features Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike, Aces guards Jackie Young and Chelsea Gray, Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd, and Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu.
Ogwumike was named to an All-WNBA team for the sixth time in her career after averaging 19.1 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. She received 12 first-team votes and 36 second-team votes, finishing with 168 points.
Young made her first All-WNBA Team after averaging a career-high 17.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. She received 14 first-team and 31 second-team votes and finished with 163 points.
Gray was named to an All-WNBA team for the third time in her career after averaging 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game in her third season with the Aces. She received 15 first-team and 28 second-team votes and finished with 159 points.
Loyd set the WNBA single-season scoring record with 939 points, surpassing Diana Taurasi (860 points in 34 games), and led the WNBA with a career-high 24.7 points per game. She received 13 first-team and 31 second-team votes and finished with 158 points.
Ionescu was named to the All-WNBA Second Team for the second time in her career after averaging 17.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. She set the WNBA single-season record for 3-pointers made with 128 in 36 games, surpassing Taurasi’s 121 in 34 games in 2006. She received seven first-team votes and 36 second-team votes and finished with 143 points.
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Written by Aya Abdeen
Aya Abdeen is a student in sports journalism at Arizona State University and has been a contributing writer for The Next Hoops since December 2022. Her work has also appeared on AZPreps365.