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Elena Delle Donne unanimously selected to All-WNBA first team

Phoenix's Brittney Griner named to All-WNBA Team for fifth time; Seattle's Natasha Howard, Chicago's Diamond DeShields and Minnesota's Odyssey Sims make All-WNBA debuts

Sunday 6 October 2019 23:38, UK

Elena Delle Donne posts up during Game 3 of the WNBA Finals
Image: Elena Delle Donne posts up during Game 3 of the WNBA Finals

WNBA Most Valuable Player Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics has been unanimously selected to the 2019 All-WNBA First Team, the WNBA announced on Sunday night.

Delle Donne was the only player named to the first team on all 43 ballots in voting by a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. The 6ft 5in forward-guard becomes the only 2018 All-WNBA first team selection to repeat as a first team honouree in 2019.

Elena Delle Donne in action for the Washington Mystics 1:00
Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has been named the WNBA's Most Valuable Player for the 2019 regular season

Joining Delle Donne (215 points) on the 2019 All-WNBA First Team are Chicago Sky guard Courtney Vandersloot (197), Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (191), Los Angeles Sparks guard Chelsea Gray (175) and Seattle Storm forward Natasha Howard (158).

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This marks the first All-WNBA nod for Howard and the first selection to the first team for Gray and Vandersloot.

The 2019 All-WNBA second team consists of Connecticut Sun forward Jonquel Jones (150 points), Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike (146), Las Vegas Aces center Liz Cambage (65), Sky guard Diamond DeShields (54) and Minnesota Lynx guard Odyssey Sims (48). DeShields and Sims are making their All-WNBA debuts.

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Voting for the All-WNBA First and Second Teams was conducted at the conclusion of the regular season. Players were selected by position and received five points for each first-team vote and three points for each second-team vote.

If a player received votes at multiple positions, she was slotted at the position where she received the most votes.

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2019 All-WNBA first team in numbers

Elena Delle Donne (Washington Mystics)

Elena Delle Donne questions a call during the Washington Mystics' Game 4 win
Image: Elena Delle Donne questions a call during the Washington Mystics' Game 4 win

Delle Donne earned her fourth All-WNBA first-team honour and fifth All-WNBA selection overall. The two-time WNBA MVP ranked second in the league in scoring (19.5 PPG), fifth in rebounding (8.3 RPG) and 11th in blocked shots (1.29 BPG). She became the first WNBA player to shoot at least 50 per cent from the field (51.5), 40 per cent from three-point range (43.0) and 90 per cent from the free-throw line (WNBA-high 97.4).

Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky)

Courtney Vandersloot throws a pass during Chicago's win over New York
Image: Courtney Vandersloot throws a pass during Chicago's win over New York

This marks the third All-WNBA selection for Vandersloot, a second-team member in 2015 and 2018. Vandersloot broke her own WNBA records for assist average (9.1 APG) and total assists (300), winning her third consecutive assist title and fourth overall (she also led the league in 2015).

Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)

Brittney Griner rises to score against the Washington Mystics
Image: Brittney Griner rises to score against the Washington Mystics

Griner was named All-WNBA for the fifth time and All-WNBA first team for the second time (she was also voted to the first team in 2014). She averaged 20.7 points to win her second scoring title in the last three seasons and tied the Sun's Jones for the league lead in blocked shots with 2.0 per game.

Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles Sparks)

Chelsea Gray #12 of Los Angeles Sparks reacts during the game against the Atlanta Dream on September 3, 2019 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE
Image: Chelsea Gray offers encouragement to her Sparks team-mates

An All-WNBA second-team selection in 2017, Gray averaged 14.5 points (tied for 13th in the WNBA) and a career-high 5.9 assists (second) this season. She was named a WNBA All-Star Game starter for the first time in her third consecutive All-Star appearance.

Natasha Howard (Seattle Storm)

Natasha Howard prepares to attack against the Dallas Wings
Image: Natasha Howard prepares to attack against the Dallas Wings

The 2019 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year averaged career-highs of 18.1 points (fourth in the WNBA), 8.2 rebounds (sixth) and 2.18 steals (second) to go with 1.74 blocks (third). She was voted to the All-Defensive First Team for the second straight year and earned her first All-Star selection.

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