WNBA All-Star Game: Collier Replaces Wilson

The WNBA All-Star Game is set to take place later this week and one of the games biggest stars won’t be taking place. Las Vegas Aces star forward A’ja Wilson is dealing with a leg injury. The injury is expected to keep her out for a few weeks.

Wilson was selected as a captain for the All-Star Game, but she is being replaced in the game by Minnesota Lynx rookie Napheesa Collier. Collier has shown to be a do-it-all player for the Lynx in her debut season.

In 19 games she is averaging 11 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.8 steals and a block per game. Overall pretty good numbers for a rookie.

What Losing A’ja Wilson in the WNBA All-Star Game Means

It’s unfortunate that one of the leagues top stars will miss the All-Star game. The WNBA needs its stars to play on any big stage possible.

At about the midway point of the season, Wilson is one of the leaders in the MVP race. She is averaging 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

Those are very good numbers, but they’ve also resulted in winning. Going into tonight’s action, the Aces are tied for the top spot in the league.

Wilson has seen a drop-off in her numbers this season, but that can largely be attributed to her playing with Liz Cambage, another top frontcourt player in the league. Surely she’ll take the drop-off in numbers when it’s led to more wins.

This injury is more important to the long-term viability of the Aces. They are a legitimate title contender this season, but without Wilson, things will be tough.

Overall it’s tough for the league to not have her play in the All-Star game as she was a captain. But it’s also tough to not have her on the court in regular-season games.

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Author: Jared Woodcock

I am the founder and owner of Sports Daily Gameday Insight. I am also currently a business student at the University of Oregon

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