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Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese are named All-Stars for the first time in the WNBA against Team USA

Rookie stars Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will play as Team WNBA against Team USA in the 2024 WNBA All-Star Game, the league announced Tuesday. Clark finished first in fan voting, which counts 25% toward the final team roster, and Reese finished fifth.

Clark (Fever), Aliyah Boston (Fever), Dearica Hamby (Sparks) and Arike Ogunbowale (Wings) were automatically named All-Stars because they finished in the top 10 overall All-Star voting and were not already on Team USA's active 5-on-5 roster. Reese is one of eight players named to Team WNBA after coaches' vote was used in the decision.

The rest of the roster consists of DeWanna Bonner (Sun), Allisha Gray (Dream), Brionna Jones (Sun), Jonquel Jones (Liberty), Kayla McBride (Lynx), Kelsey Mitchell (Fever) and Nneka Ogwumike (Storm).

The All-Star Game, which will take place in the lead-up to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, will be between Team WNBA and Team USA and will take place on Saturday, July 20 (8:30 p.m. ET, ABC) at the Footprint Center in Phoenix. The skills competition and 3-point shooting contest will take place on Friday (6 p.m. ET, ESPN).

All players on Team USA automatically received 2024 WNBA All-Star honors after being selected by USA Basketball last month. The team consists of Napheesa Collier (Lynx), Kahleah Copper (Mercury), Chelsea Gray (Aces), Brittney Griner (Mercury), Sabrina Ionescu (Liberty), Jewell Loyd (Storm), Kelsey Plum (Aces), Breanna Stewart (Liberty), Diana Taurasi (Mercury), Alyssa Thomas (Sun), A'ja Wilson (Aces) and Jackie Young (Aces).

The members of the 3×3 team, which includes Hamby, are not automatic All-Stars and will not compete for Team USA in the All-Star game.

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese fist bump.

Caitlin Clark and Angel Reese will be teammates in their first All-Star game. (Photo by Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The initial All-Star selections were made by a combination of fans (50%), current WNBA players who cast ballots (25%) and a national panel of sports journalists and commentators (25%). Voters' ballots consisted of six frontcourt players and two backcourt players. Players from Team USA were eligible to receive votes.

The 10 players with the most votes automatically received the All-Star nomination and those not on Team USA were assigned to Team WNBA. Clark (700,735) and Boston (618,680) finished first and second, respectively, in the fan vote, followed by Wilson (607,300), Stewart (424,135) and Reese (381,518). Wilson and Stewart won the vote last year.

The WNBA has not released the overall Top 10 rankings or the Top 10 fans, players and media have voted on, as it has in the past. It has only released the 10 unranked players in alphabetical order. Collier, Copper, Ionescu, Stewart, Wilson and Young all finished in the Top 10 but are already playing for Team USA. Boston, Clark, Hamby and Ogunbowale completed the group and were named to Team WNBA.

The names of the next 36 players with the most votes (including at least nine guards and 15 frontcourt players) were shared with the 12 WNBA coaches to fill the remaining spots on the 12-player roster. The coaches could not vote for their own players, nor could they vote for players on Team USA because they were already assigned to an All-Star team.

It's the first time since 2014 that two rookies have been in the game, when Chiney Ogwumike, the No. 1 overall pick, and Shoni Schimmel, the No. 8 overall pick, were both in the game. Schimmel was named a starter, making it three straight seasons where a rookie has been named a starter (Maya Moore in 2011, Griner and Elena Delle Donne in 2012). She was named MVP.

Taurasi will be making her 11th All-Star appearance and her teammate Griner's 10th. Together they will be looking to win a record eighth consecutive gold medal with Team USA. Griner returned to the All-Star Game last summer after earning an honorary nod while incarcerated in Russia in 2022.

Taurasi and Sue Bird are the only players with at least 11 All-Star nominations and Griner is the fourth with at least 10. The center is tied with Tamika Catchings for third place all-time.

Ionescu, Plum and Young are each making their third All-Star appearance. They are three of 11 former No. 1 picks playing in the big game of the summer.

Ogwumike is the WNBA team's veteran, making her ninth All-Star appearance. Bonner is making her sixth appearance. Boston and Mitchell are each making their second appearance after their first nomination in 2023. It is the second time in Fever franchise history that three players have been named All-Stars in a single season (2007 with Catchings, Tammy Sutton-Brown and Anna DeForge).

Team USA has a total of 67 All-Star appearances and 98 years of WNBA experience. Team WNBA has a total of 42 All-Star appearances and 78 seasons of WNBA experience.

In the past, the WNBA has skipped the All-Star Games in Olympic years due to the one-month break. However, in 2021, the league introduced the Team USA vs. Team WNBA format as the official All-Star Game. In the past, it was held as a separate exhibition game. Ogunbowale was the leading scorer with 26 points and led Team WNBA in a 2021 surprise victory over Team USA. It is the 20th WNBA All-Star Game in the league's 28-year history.

Fan voting broke records in line with the upward trend in viewership and attendance. Wilson (217,773) and Clark (216,427) led the vote after a week of fan voting, each receiving twice the number of votes that Wilson won by in 2023 (95,860) during the two-week span. Clark received seven times as many votes this year.