Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne, Candace Parker Headline 2018 WNBA All-Star Roster

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2018

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The WNBA announced Tuesday the 22 players headed to the 2018 All-Star Game in Minneapolis. 

Unlike in recent years, the league removed the Eastern Conference and Western Conference designations and instead looked at the top vote-getters independent of conferences:

According to ESPN Women's Hoops, Minnesota Lynx star Maya Moore and Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne were the top two vote-getters, which would make them the captains of the respective teams. However, Moore said she is "unable to perform her captaincy duties," leaving Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker to fill in after being selected by WNBA president Lisa Borders.

Delle Donne is having another excellent offensive season, averaging 20.6 points while shooting 46.7 percent from the field and 37.2 percent from three-point range.

Delle Donne is also picking up some of the slack with Emma Meesseman out for the year. She's averaging 2.4 assists, nearly a full assist higher than her career average (1.7).

Moore, meanwhile, is struggling somewhat relative to her high standards. She's connecting on a career-low 41.0 percent of her shots, and her 100.5 offensive rating is tied for her career worst as a result, per WNBA.com.

While Moore is a deserving All-Star, her performance has cooled off since she averaged 22.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists over the month of June.

Parker is making up for lost time after missing the Sparks' first three games. Over Los Angeles' last three games, she averaged 25.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists. The 32-year-old showed she still might be the most unstoppable player in the WNBA when she's locked in.

Seattle Storm star Sue Bird will make WNBA history with her 11th trip to the All-Star Game to pass Indiana Fever legend Tamika Catchings. Bird, who turned 37 in October, is averaging 13.2 points and 9.6 assists per 36 minutes, according to Basketball Reference.

Bird's teammate, Natasha Howard, was one of the biggest snubs from this year's All-Star field.

Howard is averaging 13.5 points and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 34.4 percent from three-point range for the first-place Storm. Her 3.2 win shares are 10th-most in the league, per Basketball Reference.

Atlanta Dream guard Tiffany Hayes is another glaring omission. Hayes leads the Dream in scoring (17.3 points), while she's fourth on the team in defensive rating (94.7), per WNBA.com.

The 2018 All-Star Game will tip off July 28 at Target Center.

Before that, Parker and Delle Donne will have to pick their teams during the first-ever WNBA All-Star draft. The league will announce the results of the draft Thursday.

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