Parker, Young WNBA's top two All-Star draft picks

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    • Stanford graduate and Baltimore native with further experience at the Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and Cincinnati Enquirer

WNBA All-Star captains A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm drafted their respective teams and finalized their rosters Saturday for the 2022 WNBA All-Star Game in Chicago on July 10 (1 p.m., ABC) at Wintrust Arena.

The Chicago Sky's Candace Parker was selected No. 1 overall by Wilson on the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special, while Stewart drafted Jackie Young of the Aces with the No. 2 overall pick.

As the recipient of the most fan votes, Wilson was awarded the first pick of the first round, which was comprised of the remaining six All-Star starters), while Stewart made the first pick of the second round, which featured the 12 reserves.

All-Star starters were decided by fans, current WNBA players and media, while the reserves were chosen by the league's coaches. WNBA legends Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles, who are both retiring at the end of the 2022 season, were previously deemed starters and co-captains alongside Wilson and Stewart, respectively.

After the draft was completed, Wilson traded Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks for the New York Liberty's Sabrina Ionescu, and the teams also switched co-captains; Bird is now part of Team Stewart while Fowles is teaming up with Wilson.

Team Wilson will be coached by Becky Hammon, Wilson's coach on the Aces. Team Stewart will be led by James Wade, coach of the defending champion Sky.

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