Tina Charles secured her 5th career All-Star nomination and 3rd career nod as an Eastern Conference starter when the WNBA All-Star 2017 starters were revealed on Tuesday afternoon.
For Charles, the 2017 season is emblematic of what has become expected of her, and also where she stands amongst the top players in the league, as she has stepped into more of a leadership role.
While Charles ranked 2nd in total votes cast by fans for Eastern Conference front court players, it is telling that she tied for 1st in votes from media members, but also finished 1st in the votes cast by WNBA players from both conferences.
Heading into the final week of competition before the All-Star Break, Charles finds herself in a familiar spot near the top of the league rankings in scoring and rebounding, sitting 3rd in both categories averaging 20.8 ppg and 9.1 rpg.
Some of her other notable accomplishments this year include:
• Charles moved into the top-10 in WNBA history in career rebounds with 2,480 over the course of her 8 seasons in the league. She is currently 9th all-time, just 2 behind Michelle Snow for the 8th position and closing fast on Swin Cash (2,521) for the 7th spot. Charles’ career average of 10.1 rpg is the top mark in league history.
• She has scored in double figures in 15-of-16 games this year, with 11 performances of 10-plus points, including back-to-back 29 point performances just last week.
• Charles set a new career-high in scoring earlier this season, pouring in 36 points in a win over the Dallas Wings, surpassing her previous all-time best tally of 32 points, which she accomplished twice, most recently last season at Connecticut.
• She leads the Liberty with 7 double-doubles this year, and has accumulated 136 double-doubles in her career. Not only does that rank 2nd all-time, but she is quickly closing in on the league record set by Lisa Leslie of 157. Charles has posted a double-double in 55.7 percent of her games played as a pro.
• Charles was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week for a staggering 23rd time on June 12, putting her alone in 1st place in WNBA history in Player of the Week honors, passing Tamika Catchings’ previous all-time mark of 22.
• In terms of advanced metrics, Charles is 7th in the league in net plus/minus with a +14.3, and she leads the WNBA with a usage percentage of 29.1 while not giving up much in terms of efficiency, as she is 7th with a Player Impact Estimate of 17.2
Most important for Charles, she has continued to oversee the growth of her Hopey’s Heart Foundation, where she continues to donate her entire WNBA salary every season. In addition to hosting the 1st-ever Hopey’s Week initiative this past April, where she held 4 sports safety clinics with her partner SafeKids Worldwide across 4 New York City boroughs and donated 4 AEDs, she also held her 1st-ever pop-up sports safety clinic late last month in Atlanta. There, she again partnered with SafeKids Worldwide, along with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Atlanta to provide emergency response, concussion safety, hydration tips, and emergency response to young kids.
Tina Charles is the unquestionable leader for the New York Liberty, and is turning in an All-Star season on and off the court in 2017. See you in Seattle!