Press Release

Washington, D.C. – The Women’s National Basketball Association announced today that Washington Mystics guard Ariel Atkins has been selected as a reserve in the WNBA All-Star Game to be played on July 10 in Chicago. Atkins will be making her second career All-Star appearance, becoming one of eight Mystics players to be named to an All-Star more than once with the team.

Atkins is averaging 15.0 points, 2.5 assists and a career-best 3.6 rebounds in 21 games (all starts) this season. She joins Elena Delle Donne, Arike Ogunbowale, Kelsey Plum, and Jackie Young as the only players to average at least 15.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists while shooting .400 or better from the field and .370 from three-point territory this season.

The five-year pro has continued to improve every season, helping the Mystics reach the playoffs four of the last five seasons. She joins Chelsea Gray, Nneka Ogwumike and Courtney Vandersloot as the only players to average at least 10.0 points and one steal per game on .400 or better shooting in every season since 2018. The Texas product has posted 10+ points in a league-best 19 games this season and 20+ points in four games, the most by a Mystics player.

Through 21 games, she has totaled 43 three-pointers, seventh most in the WNBA, at a .371 clip. On May 22, she moved into second place in franchise three-point made, the youngest player in Mystics history to reach 200 three-pointers.

The co-captains, A’ja Wilson and Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart and Sylvia Fowles will select their respective All-Star rosters during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA All-Star Team Selection Special on Saturday, July 2 (3 p.m. ET), choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves.

Ariel Atkins