Chelsea Gray named to third straight WNBA All-Star Game

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Guard Chelsea Gray
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16: Guard Chelsea Gray /

The former Duke Women’s Basketball star Chelsea Gray was named to the WNBA All-Star Game for the third consecutive season.

Many Duke Basketball fans focus on the success of the former Blue Devils in the NBA, but in the WNBA a former Dukie has carved out an elite career for herself as Chelsea Gray was just named to the WNBA All-Star Game for the third straight season.

Gray was also named as a starter for the All-Star Game.

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After being drafted with the No. 11 overall pick by the Connecticut Sun in the 2014 WNBA Draft, Gray began her WNBA career in 2015 with the Sun and only spent one season in Connecticut before joining the Los Angeles Sparks.

Gray in currently in her fourth season with the Sparks and until this season, her numbers have improved in every year with L.A.

In 2016 Gray played in 33 games, only starting one while averaging just 5.9 points per game, but his All-Star campaign shot out of a cannon in 2017 after playing and starting in all 34 games, averaging 14.8 points per game.

The following season was more of the same for Gray where he started 34 games, averaging 14.9 points per game and so far this season, she has started 16 games for the Sparks, averaging 13.2 points per game.

The former Blue Devil standout is also averaging 4.0 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game while shooting 40.2% from the field, 35.2% from 3-point range, and a career best 97.0% from the free throw line.

Chelsea Gray won the 2016 WNBA Championship with the Sparks but prior to that she averaged 11.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 5.0 assists in 109 total games for the Blue Devils.

The 26-year old point guard and he team have some work to do with a 9-7 record, but only two games behind the first place Las Vegas Aces in the Western Conference.

Similar to the NBA, the WNBA has two captains who will pick the All-Star teams, Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces. The teams will be picked at a later date.

The WNBA will also reimplement a Skills Competition and Three-Point Contest the night before the All-Star Game, but participants have not been announced yet.

Chelsea Gray and the rest of the WNBA All-Stars will take the floor on Saturday, July 27 at 3:30pm EST from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada and can be seen on ABC.