Aerial Powers Named To 2016 WNBA All-Rookie Team

NEW YORK – Dallas Wings Forward Aerial Powers has been named to the 2016 WNBA All-Rookie Team, the league announced today.

Powers, a former Michigan State standout and the fifth overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, was the third-leading rookie scorer (10.4 ppg) while appearing in 32 games.

The Detroit, MI native, finished second among first-year players in free throw percentage (83.5) and third in three-point field goal percentage (36.8) in 32 games. She averaged 14.2 points in her final six games of the season, with a career-high of 21 points against Washington on September 4.

“Aerial Powers has shown us the total package, and proven to be one of the future premier players in the WNBA,” said Dallas Wings Head Coach Fred Williams. “Her being on the all-rookie team is a great honor for her, and also for the entire Dallas Wings organization. We look forward to seeing her talent grow as we move on to 2017.”

The All-Rookie Team also features forward Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, guard Moriah Jefferson of the San Antonio Stars, center Imani Boyette of the Chicago Sky and guard Tiffany Mitchell of the Indiana Fever.

Stewart, Jefferson, and Powers received the maximum 11 votes from a panel of the WNBA’s 12 head coaches, who each selected five players regardless of position and were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Boyette earned 10 votes and Mitchell received six.

Below are the top finishers in the voting for the 2016 WNBA All-Rookie Team:

Name Team Position # Votes
Moriah Jefferson San Antonio Stars Guard 11
Aerial Powers Dallas Wings Forward 11
Breanna Stewart Seattle Storm Forward 11
Imani Boyette Chicago Sky Center 10
Tiffany Mitchell Indiana Fever Guard 6