2018 WNBA Unsung All-Stars: Jamierra Faulkner, Chicago Sky

A summary of why Jamierra Faulkner deserves to make the 2018 WNBA All-Star team.

To read the complete list of the 2018 Unsung WNBA All-Stars, click here.

Who is Jamierra Faulkner?

Jamierra (pronounced “Jah-MEER-uh”) Faulkner is in her fifth season in the WNBA. She was drafted in the third round (34th overall) by the Chicago Sky in 2014 from the University of Southern Mississippi. She wears #21.

Faulkner played overseas in Hungary, Israel, Turkey, and Russia and missed the 2017 WNBA season due to a torn ACL in her knee. She re-signed with the Sky for the 2018 season, which was welcome due to the team losing Jessica Breland (Atlanta Dream), and Cappie Pondexter (Los Angeles Sparks), and Tamera Young and Imani Boyette (now McGee-Stafford) in the 2017 season, both also to the Atlanta Dream (she is now with the Las Vegas Aces). Faulkner most recently played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia in the offseason. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

What is her playing position?

Faulkner is formally listed as a 5’6” point guard but as the WNBA moves to positionless basketball, she is simply listed as a guard on rosters.

Why should she be an All-Star?

Faulkner's contributions don't always show up on the stat sheets. She’s not flashy, and she’s not a prolific scorer, but she comes in and does the dirty work in order to set her team up for success. She currently averages 8 points per game, but she doesn’t need to be the primary scoring option on a team full of sharpshooters such as Allie Quigley, Courtney Vandersloot, and Gabby Williams. Though she tends to function as a pure point guard (facilitating plays for her teammates instead of scoring), Faulkner will get hot and drop double digits  (as she did in the June 29 game against the New York Liberty and in the June 17 game against the Sparks, so she can go on scoring streaks. Faulkner shoots 72% from the free throw line and 33% from 3-point range.

Her quickness allows her to drive to the paint and score. It also tends to have opponents reevaluating their plans. She is good for an energy boost off the bench and tends to facilitate scoring runs for the Sky where none had previously presented themselves. Faulkner makes things happen.

Cast your WNBA All-Star votes now!

The voting period ends July 12. You can vote by:

  • Downloading the WNBA app (it’s free, for both iOS and Android)  and casting your vote for Faulkner under the All-Star tab on the left-hand menu (you can only vote once per 24 hours)
  • Going to the WNBA All-Star player page on the WNBA website and vote for Faulkner there (you can only vote once per 24 hours)
  • Tweet Jamierra Faulkner #WNBAVote (1 player per tweet; 10 tweets per Twitter handle, per day. Each tweet must be for a different player.)


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