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    Former Zag Vandersloot Named WNBA All-Star

    Second career All-Star appearance for Vandersloot


    NEW YORK – Former Gonzaga women's basketball standout Courtney Vandersloot is among 22 players to be named 2019 WNBA All-Stars, the league offices announced Monday.

    Vandersloot, along with fellow Chicago Sky teammates Allie Quigley and Diamond DeShields, were among 12 players chosen from across the league to serve as reserves at the AT&T WNBA All-Star, set for July 27 in Las Vegas. Reserves were selected by the league's head coaches; coaches were not able to vote for their own players. The 10 starters for the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media.

    "I'm really excited to be selected to this year's All-Star team," Vandersloot told the Sky. "Every year, there are plenty of deserving players, so to be one of the 22 selected is an honor. And to share it with two of my teammates makes it that much better."

    This will be the second time Vandersloot has appeared in the WNBA All-Star game, and the first time in eight years since making her debut during her rookie season at the 2011 All-Star Game. The Kent, Wash., native currently averages 9.7 points, 8.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game, and she most recently moved into the No. 7 spot on the WNBA's all-time assists list. This season, she surpassed 1,500 career assists, the second fastest player to do so behind Ticha Penicheiro, and her 8.2 assists per game leads the league. She broke the single-season assists record a season ago, finishing the 2018 campaign with 257 assists, and the same season she made history by becoming the first WNBA player to deliver 50 assists in just four games.

    In the 2011 WNBA Draft, she became the first Bulldog player in school history to be drafted in the first round of the WNBA, as she was the third overall pick, taken by the Chicago Sky.

    Vandersloot, the three-time West Coast Conference Player of the Year, was also was named to the Associated Press All-America Team second-team and State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball team, USBWA All-America, the Nancy Lieberman Award winner as the top point guard in the nation, and is the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner.

    The AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 will take place July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live on ABC at 12:30 p.m. PT.

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    Finally. Much deserved!
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    Was wondering if she would get in there.

    Great job, Sloot!!
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    It's about time. It seems like she's getting a lot more credit and respect this year. You go girl!

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    Unfortunately, the all-star starter selections are based on fan votes, and it is all about the popularity. Sloot is not flashy, outspoken and constantly in the media. In addition, Sloot plays for the Chicago Sky which have not made the playoffs the last 3 years and have one of the WNBA's worst attendance, so hard to get fan votes.

    Coaches select the reserves but they seem to be fixated on scoring stats. Sloot is 40th in the WNBA in scoring at 9.7 ppg so her scoring numbers don't justify all-star status.

    Unfortunately it seems nobody values the floor general, the assist leader (second fastest to 1,500 assists in WNBA history), the person who looks to pass first before shooting, type of player for their all-star and Olympic teams. It is all about the scoring numbers.

    Nice to see CV finally get some acknowledgement for her hard work. Unfortunately, unless she gets her scoring numbers up, I fear she will continue to be frequently overlooked for the all-star team.

    ZagDad

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    Thought I'd just tag this on to an existing post rather than starting a new one. The Sky have 7 regular season games remaining. Sloot has accumulated 231 assists, 27 behind her single season record from last year (although she only played in 30 of the 34 games). She's averaging nearly 9 per game. As long as she doesn't miss games she should easily break her own record. She also recently moved to #6 on the career assist list and should pass Becky Hammon early next season to break into the top 5.

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    Hey SeaCat,

    I have been following CV all year long. Their are five (5) players still above CV in total assists and two (2) of them (Sue Bird & Diana Taurasi) are still active. Both Bird and Taurasi have been out most of this year with injuries so they have not significantly added to their assist total this year. Bird is out at least through the regular season, Taurasi has just been activated but she must sit out the next game (she was suspended) but will probably play the last six (6) or so remaining regular season games and the playoffs.

    I believe both Bird (39) and Taurasi (37) will play through next year as it is an Olympic year and both want to be on the USA Olympic team. I think Bird will retire after the 2020 season, Taurasi may or may not play a couple of additional years.

    If CV plays in the WNBA long enough, avoids serious injury, plays somewhere close to her current level of play and her teammates continue to make shots, (A lot of ifs, ands as well as buts) CV could be the all-time assist leader. While that is quite of few assumptions, it is not really reaching too far. If CV finishes the current year at the same rate of assists she will have somewhere near 1675 total assists at the end of the year and if we assume Taurasi averages 3.5 APG in her remaining games this year and for all games next year and Sue Bird averages 6.5 APG next year, CV would be this far behind each of the five people in front of her on the all-time WNBA assists leaderboard. If CV would continue to average at least 225 assists per year (She had 258 assists last year and will beat that this year), it would take the following number of years to catch each of the players remaining above her for total assists in a career.

    Sue Bird +1370 (After 2020) To catch = 6.1 Years
    Ticha Penicheiro +924 To catch = 4.1 Years
    Lindsey Whalen +673 To catch = 3.0 Years
    Diana Taurasi + 300 (After 2020) To catch = 1.3 Years (If CV does not catch Taurasi next year she will the following year no matter if Taurasi plays or not)
    Becky Hammon +33 To catch = 0.15 Years

    Considering that CV is just 30 years old, she certainly could play until she is 36 or 37 (Taurasi's current age) years old if she desired and become the all-time WNBA assist leader. Will She - Stay tuned.

    I personally find it interesting to compare the other numbers of the true point guards that are above and just below CV in the all-time assist leaderboard. Numbers such as steals, blocks, turnovers, shooting percentage, etc. to see where CV stacks up across the board against the other best point guards of all time. For example, despite playing at least 160 games fewer than anybody else in the Top 7 point guards (on the assist leaderboard) 5'8" CV has almost twice as many blocks as anybody in the top 7 except for the 6'0" Taurasi. If you project her steals per game over the next 160 games (about 5 years) CV will move up to 3rd on the assists leaderboard in total steals but would be only 14th on the overall steals leaderboard. No chance CV will lead the WNBA in both assists and steals like her fellow Zag.

    CV is second in the Top 7 on the assists leaderboard in total shooting percentage at 44.2% only trailing Lindsay Whalen at 46.1%. In 3-point shooting percentage (among the Top 7 on the assists leaderboard) CV currently ranks 4th at 34.7% trailing Taurasi (36.9%), Hammon (37.8%) and Bird (38.9%).

    Here is the link to the all-time WNBA assists leaderboard: https://stats.wnba.com/alltime-leade...atCategory=AST

    ZagDad

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    Fun stuff to track ZagDad. I figured Bird is putting the record up there where it will be tough to reach, but passing everybody else is certainly very attainable as long as Vandersloot wants to continue playing. As you've demonstrated catching Bird isn't impossible. Vandersloot's other career numbers look good compared to her peers. It's strange how little publicity she's gotten throughout her career. I guess being overlooked is par for the course for her. It still amazes me that she starred at a big school in the Puget Sound area yet from what I recall the entire Pac 12 ignored her in recruiting. I know she would've been a huge upgrade to the players the Huskies and Cougs used as PGs during those same years, probably same is true of every Pac 12 (was it still Pac 10 back then?) school. Maybe she fell in love with GU early on and was Spokane bound regardless of being snubbed by other western schools. Worked out very well for her and GU anyway. I do remember the Seattle Times was very high on her during her HS school career.

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