Yes, the WNBA’s new voting system for its All-Star game is odd. Seemingly every player is on the ballot (60 to represent 12 teams) and voting started before some teams even played their third game. So, of course it’s a popularity vote by fans and the only reason why Minnesota rookie Maya Moore has more votes than Storm veteran Swin Cash.
Los Angeles F Tina Thompson is a close third, so she could overtake Cash for the two starting F positions in the Western Conference. Seriously. If this happens, it’ll be the biggest travesty in American sports. And not because of Thompson.
But the midsummer classic is all about who YOU want to see and early returns state Indiana F Tamika Catchings (good pick) is your favorite player, leading all cyber votes with 19,943 clicks. Oh, did I mention there are no more paper ballots? Yeah, read more here about how to vote.
Storm PG Sue Bird, the overall top vote-getter last year, is second with 15,203 votes, which also leads all Western Conference guards. Cash? She-who-schooled-Moore-a-week-ago has tallied 8,797 votes, according to the WNBA’s early return release.
As for three-time MVP Lauren Jackson, she trails 2008 MVP Candace Parker. Both are injured and won’t play, so start voting for someone else.
There are still 11 days left to place a vote. Your picks for starters will be announced July 14 during ESPN2’s broadcast of the Storm’s game at San Antonio. WNBA coaches select the reserves and they will be announced July 19 when the Storm plays at Chicago on the network.
The actual game is July 23 in San Antonio.
Here are the official tallies:
EASTERN CONFERENCE — EARLY RETURNS LEADERS
Forwards: Tamika Catchings (Ind) 19,943; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 8,912; Asjha Jones (Conn) 5,389; Crystal Langhorne (Wash) 4,653; Plenette Pierson (NY) 3,829; Tangela Smith (Ind) 3,776; Michelle Snow (Chi) 3,366; Nicole Powell (NY) 3,214; Marissa Coleman (Wash) 2,528; Tan White (Conn) 2,335
Centers: Tina Charles (Conn) 9,837; Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 9,103; Nicky Anosike (Wash) 4,287; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 2,579
Guards: Cappie Pondexter (NY) 11,859; Katie Douglas (Ind) 11,217; Renee Montgomery (Conn) 7,028; Courtney Vandersloot (Chi) 6,276; Kara Lawson (Conn) 4,961; Alana Beard (Wash) 3,188; Epiphanny Prince (Chi) 2,891; Iziane Castro Marques (Atl) 2,699; Lindsey Harding (Atl) 2,590; Briann January (Ind) 2,576; Essence Carson (NY) 2,488; Kelly Miller (Wash) 2,274
WESTERN CONFERENCE — EARLY RETURNS LEADERS
Forwards: Maya Moore (Minn) 12,762; Swin Cash (Sea) 8,797; Tina Thompson (LA) 7,072; Rebekkah Brunson (Minn) 6,886; Penny Taylor (Phx) 5,512; Sophia Young (SA) 5,451; Candice Dupree (Phx) 5,368; Camille Little (Sea) 3,509; Ruth Riley (SA) 2,989; Sheryl Swoopes (Tul) 2,983; Delisha Milton-Jones (LA) 2,500
Centers: Candace Parker (LA) 12,626; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 8,693; Taj McWilliams-Franklin (Minn) 3,963; Jayne Appel (SA) 2,710; Elizabeth Cambage (Tul) 2,265
Guards: Sue Bird (Sea) 15,203; Diana Taurasi (Phx) 13,371; Becky Hammon (SA) 9,204; Seimone Augustus (Minn) 6,232; Lindsay Whalen (Minn) 4,311; Kristi Toliver (LA) 3,312; Ivory Latta (Tul) 3,221; Ticha Penicheiro (LA) 2,883; Jia Perkins (SA) 2,576