Two-time WNBA Champion, three-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year and 2018 AP Comeback Player of the Year DeWanna Bonner was named a reserve for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, the league office announced today. It marks the third career selection for Bonner, and the second-straight All-Star game she’s be selected to.
Bonner has had a stellar start to the 2019 season, as she leads the WNBA in scoring (19.4), ranks seventh in rebounding (7.7), second in efficiency (20.4) and fifth in free throw percentage (93.8). She’s posted a team-high nine 20+ point games this summer, including three straight, and scored a season-high 31 points in the Mercury’s season opener in Seattle on May 25. Bonner has grabbed 10 or more rebounds in three games this season, all of which led the double-doubles.
One the of WNBA’s best all-around players, Bonner is the only player in the WNBA this season averaging at least 19 points and seven rebounds, with an efficiency of at least 20 and free throw percentage of 90 percent or better. Only two NBA players since the 2000-01 season has posted such numbers in Kevin Durant (two times – 2009-10; 2012-13) and Dirk Nowitzki (three times – 2005-06; 2006-07; 2009-10).
Bonner will join Mercury teammate, Brittney Griner, as the Mercury’s two players in the All-Star Game this season. Bonner and Griner currently rank first and second, respectively, in the WNBA this season in scoring. The only pair of teammates to rank first and second in the league in scoring for a season were Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter during the 2008 WNBA season with Phoenix.
AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 is slated for Saturday, July 29 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC. Reserves were voted in by head coaches following the announcement of the starters last week. Bonner will be among the pool of reserves that will be drafted by the captains of each teams on a later date.
After coming within one win of trip to the WNBA Finals, the Phoenix Mercury return in 2019 in search of a league-record tying fourth WNBA title. Led by the All-Star trio of Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and DeWanna Bonner, Phoenix looks to continue its title quest on July 17 against Dallas. Tickets for the Mercury’s next home game on Wednesday, July 17 against the Dallas Wings, and the remaining 10 home games, at Talking Stick Resort Arena can be purchased by calling 602.252.WNBA or by visiting PhoenixMercury.com.