On Monday, June 13th, the New York Liberty’s Sabrina Ionescu was selected WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Week. No doubt, Ionescu is one of the hottest players in the league. However, after the first round of WNBA All-Star fan voting, Ionescu found herself in 19th place, which leaves her nine spots out of an All-Star starting position. So, here is our pitch as to why Ionescu deserves your vote.
First Quarter: Her game is exciting.
Ionescu is becoming one of the more exciting players in the W. Over the last six games, she has displayed just how potent she can be. Her range is unlimited, as she has been hitting logo 3s. When she’s not scoring, she is making electrifying passes to set up her Liberty teammates. Ionescu is a walking triple-double. She just had her second pro career triple double on Sunday in a last second loss to the Sky. This makes her the youngest WNBA player ever to have two career triple doubles.
Second Quarter: The numbers
As previously stated, Ionescu was named Eastern Conference player of the week. Why? Because she averaged nearly a triple-double for the week: 22 points, nine assists and nine rebounds a game. The Liberty shared, “She became the first-ever player to record a triple-double within three quarters.” This comes after accumulating 26, eight and eight in only three quarters against the Lynx on June 7th.
Third Quarter: Bringing the Liberty back into playoff contention
All-Stars aren’t just about gaudy numbers. They also make their teams better. After a 1–7 start, the Liberty have gone 4–2 to move back into playoff contention. This is due in large part to Ionescu’s recent play, especially her cutting down on turnovers.
Fourth Quarter: She represents the future of the league.
The All-Star Game is an important opportunity for the league to highlight its players. But it isn’t just about highlighting veterans we love like Diana Taurasi, Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles who have been there and done that. It’s also about highlighting the next generation of star players like Breanna Stewart and A’ja Wilson, as well as emerging stars like Jackie Young and Kelsey Plum of the Las Vegas Aces and yes, Ionescu.
Fans can submit one complete ballot each day via WNBA.com and the WNBA App, as well as vote for up to 10 unique players per day on Twitter. Voting for this year’s All-Star game concludes June 20th.