A'ja Wilson, Caitlin Clark top initial round of fan voting for WNBA All-Star Game

Aliyah Boston, Breanna Stewart and Arike Ogunbowale round out the top five, with rookie Angel Reese coming in at No. 7

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JULY 15:  A'ja Wilson #22 of Team Wilson is introduced prior to the 2023 WNBA All-Star game at Michelob ULTRA Arena on July 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
A'ja Wilson, who was a team captain at the 2023 WNBA All-Star game, received the most fan votes in the initial round of voting. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

With the WNBA All-Star Game approaching, fan voting has begun, and on Friday, the WNBA revealed who was getting the most love from fans. In a statement released Friday, the WNBA noted the players in the league who received the most fan votes in the early wave of All-Star voting.

Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson topped voting with 217,773 votes. Wilson, who currently leads the league in scoring and rebounding with 27.9 points and 11.3 rebounds per game, was a team captain for last season's All-Star Game.

Indiana Fever rookie guard Caitlin Clark took the second spot with 216,427 votes, followed by teammate and second-year forward Aliyah Boston with 171,864. Reigning WNBA MVP Breanna Stewart and Dallas Wings guard Arike Ogunbowale round out the top five with 151,984 and 130,838 votes, respectively.

New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu, Chicago Sky rookie Angel Reese, Aces guard Kelsey Plum, Minnesota Lynx forward Napheesa Collier and Los Angeles Sparks forward Dearica Hamby fill out the rest of the top 10 in voting.

Final All-Star rosters will be voted on with a mixture of fan, player, media and coach input. Per the WNBA, fan votes will account for 50% of the vote, while current WNBA players and a panel of national sportswriters and broadcasters will each receive 25%.

This year's WNBA All-Star Game will be held in Phoenix on July 20. While previous games have adopted various formats, such as last year's Team Wilson vs. Team Stewart approach, this year will feature a matchup between the All-Star members of the USA women's national team and the non-Olympic WNBA All-Stars — a sort of sendoff before the Team USA players head to Paris.

Clark, Boston and Reese, who were not named to the Olympic roster, are likely to be the biggest names on the WNBA side. Sparks forward Cameron Brink, another big rookie name, was 11th in voting but will likely miss the All-Star game after suffering a torn ACL earlier this week.

Here is a full list of the top 30 All-Star contenders, with the number of fan votes received. Asterisks indicate players who have been selected for the Team USA roster.

  1. *A’ja Wilson, Frontcourt (LVA) 217,773

  2. Caitlin Clark, Guard (IND) 216,427

  3. Aliyah Boston, Frontcourt (IND) 171,864

  4. *Breanna Stewart, Frontcourt (NYL) 151,984

  5. Arike Ogunbowale, Guard (DAL) 130,838

  6. *Sabrina Ionescu, Guard (NYL) 118,949

  7. Angel Reese, Frontcourt (CHI) 118,490

  8. *Kelsey Plum, Guard (LVA) 117,217

  9. *Napheesa Collier, Frontcourt (MIN) 103,550

  10. Dearica Hamby, Frontcourt (LAS) 97,094

  11. Cameron Brink, Frontcourt (LAS) 95,728

  12. Kate Martin, Guard (LVA) 91,565

  13. Nneka Ogwumike, Frontcourt (SEA) 89,023

  14. DeWanna Bonner, Frontcourt (CON) 82,636

  15. Jonquel Jones, Frontcourt (NYL) 78,593

  16. Kamilla Cardoso, Frontcourt (CHI) 75,513

  17. NaLyssa Smith, Frontcourt (IND) 72,719

  18. Kelsey Mitchell, Guard (IND) 66,820

  19. *Kahleah Copper, Guard (PHO) 66,013

  20. *Alyssa Thomas, Frontcourt (CON) 62,713

  21. *Jewell Loyd, Guard (SEA) 61,918

  22. *Brittney Griner, Frontcourt (PHO) 61,141

  23. *Jackie Young, Guard (LVA) 60,579

  24. DiJonai Carrington, Guard (CON) 50,338

  25. Rickea Jackson, Frontcourt (LAS) 43,512

  26. Aaliyah Edwards, Frontcourt (WAS) 42,452

  27. Temi Fagbenle, Frontcourt (IND) 39,474

  28. Skylar Diggins-Smith, Guard (SEA) 38,785

  29. Katie Lou Samuelson, Frontcourt (IND) 35,976

  30. Kayla McBride, Guard (MIN) 32,449