2018 WNBA Unsung All-Stars: Courtney Williams, Connecticut Sun

A summary of why Courtney Williams of the Connecticut Sun 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 Courtney Williams?

Courtney Williams is in her third season in the WNBA. She was drafted eighth overall by the Phoenix Mercury in April 2016 out of the University of South Florida and was traded to the Connecticut Sun in June 2016.

In the offseason, Williams plays with the Perth Lynx in Perth, Australia. She wears #10 for Connecticut. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram.

What is her playing position?

Williams is formally listed as a 5’8” point guard but as the WNBA moves toward more positionless basketball, she is simply listed as a guard on team rosters.  She can also play the shooting guard (or “2 guard”) position.

Why should she be an All-Star?

Williams averages 16.7 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.2 steals per game and just scored a career-high 34 points on June 13 in a loss against the Washington Mystics. Her role tends to be underestimated in the shadow of teammates Chiney Ogwumike and Jasmine Thomas, but make no mistake: she is essential to the Sun being as good as they are.

If Ogwumike is the team’s engine; J. Thomas is the gas, and Shekinna Stricklen is the spark plugs; then Williams is the distributor cap.

She is an excellent shooter, especially from the perimeter. She has good floor vision and speed and earned her way into the starting rotation for Connecticut.

(BTW: you should follow the Connecticut Sun on YouTube. Tell a friend!)

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 Stricklen 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 Stricklen there (you can only vote once per 24 hours)
  • Tweet Courtney Williams #WNBAVote (1 player per tweet; 10 tweets per Twitter handle, per day. Each tweet must be for a different player.)

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