Jones, Thomas of Sun receive honors from WNBA

Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun was chosen on Monday to be a reserve for the WNBA All-Star Game, while teammate Jonquel Jones earned her fourth Eastern Conference Player of the Year honor of the season.

Jones, a post, shot 47.5 percent from the field in three games and averaged 16.7 points and 9.3 rebounds. The award is also chosen by coaches. She was voted an All-Star starter last week for the second time in her four-year career, too.

Thomas is averaging 11.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this season, both of which are career-bests for the forward. She also tied for third in the league in total steals (34) and has 53 assists in 17 games. It is her second All-Star selection.

“It’s a huge honor,” Thomas said. “Hard work is paying off and I’m excited to be able to be there and share this experience with Jonquel.”

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. The game is July 27 in Las Vegas

“I am extremely happy for AT,” Sun head coach and general manager Curt Miller said. “She is such an important piece with the way we play. She is a tremendous defender. ... She is also one of the best facilitating forwards in the league on the offensive end, allowing us to play our exciting style.”

The other reserves are Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago), Candice Dupree and Erica Wheeler (Indiana), Sylvia Fowles and Odyssey Sims (Minnesota), Tina Charles (New York), DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix), Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles), and Kristi Toliver (Washington).

Starters Elena Delle Donne (Washington) and A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas), the top two vote-getters, will both captain and draft their respective teams.

 

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