Currently down 1-0 in the WNBA Finals, the New York Liberty starting lineup of Sabrina Ionescu, Netnijah Laney, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones, and Courtney Vandersloot look to even the series against the Las Vegas Aces in Game 2 on Wednesday October 11. Read on for updated New York Liberty starting lineup information during the 2023 WNBA Finals.
Unlike the Las Vegas Aces, whose 18 playoff appearances finally culminated in a WNBA Championship victory last year, the Liberty are still thirsty for the golden throne. The turn of the century proved to be the closest chance for the Liberty, who lost the Finals a total of four times between 1997 and 2002. More recently, the Liberty made it to the First Round of playoff play in both 2021 and 2022. This year, New York ran away with a 2-0 WNBA First Round sweep over the Washington Mystics and advanced past the Connecticut Sun in a 3-1 Semifinals victory.
New York Liberty Starting 5 Vs. Las Vegas Aces
WNBA viewership celebrates a record high this playoff season, and WNBA betting is gaining traction right along with it. Because of this, interest in each team’s active players and starting lineup is more popular than ever. New York Liberty’s starting lineup for WNBA Finals action has yet to be confirmed, but we can expect to see the Liberty’s top players take to the court for tip-off.
New York’s starters have remained the same for each playoff game this WNBA postseason. Liberty fans can expect these five players to be on the starting lineup against the Las Vegas Aces:
- G — Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon)
- G-F — Betnijah Laney (Rutgers)
- F — Breanna Stewart (UConn)
- F — Jonquel Jones (George Washington University)
- G — Courtney Vandersloot (Gonzaga)
For more information on what each particular Liberty player brings to New York, take a look at the player bios below.
Sabrina Ionescu happens to be the youngest player on the Liberty starting lineup. But what she lacks in years, she makes up for in the way of talent. New York selected Ionescu as the first over pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, and she quickly became one of the team’s most important players. She claimed rookie success by becoming WNBA player to log more than 500 points, 200 rebounds, and 200 assists in a single season. By 2022, Ionescu became the first player to record a triple-double in less than three quarters. She’s knocked down an average of 3.6 three-pointers per game this season, and fans can expect her to continue on that trajectory against the Aces.
After being named WNBA Most Improved Player in 2020, Laney went on to join the 2020 All-WNBA Defensive Team. She continued that momentum in 2021, becoming the first Liberty player to begin a season with eight back-to-back games of 20 or more points. Her success during her first year at New York led her to a 2021 WNBA All-Star award. This season, she’s sinking roughly 10 field goals and 1.5 three-pointers per outing, contributing an average 12.8 points per Liberty matchup.
After being selected as the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Breanna Stewart became the WNBA Rookie of the Year and went on to win an Olympic gold medal in 2016. Stewart followed that up in 2018 by leading the Seattle Storm to a WNBA Championship win and becoming WNBA MVP. She guided the Storm to yet another Championship celebration in 2020 before joining the Liberty in 2023. Now, Stewart boasted a career-high average of 23 points and 9.3 total rebounds per game this season, making her the ideal addition to help lead the Liberty to victory.
Selected as the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft, Jonquel Jones spent her first six seasons in the WNBA with the Connecticut Sun. Much like Stewart, Jones joined the Liberty lineup this year and has started in every matchup this season. Jones averaged 11.3 points and 8.4 rebounds in each of those appearances. She was named to the All-WNBA Defensive Team in 2019, 2021, and 2022, making her a defensive force during the WNBA Finals.
A legend in the WNBA, Courtney Vandersloot was drafted as the third overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. She was named to the WNBA All-Rookie First Team that initial year, and was named a WNBA All-Star in 2011, 2019, 2021, and 2022. Vandersloot played 12 season for the Chicago Sky, claiming a championship title with the team in 2021. As a fresh face on the Liberty squad, this hoops veteran averaged 10.5 points and 8.1 assists during games this regular season — solidifying her as No. 3 on the WNBA All-Time Career Assists list.
New York Liberty Full Roster
|35||F||Jonquel Jones||George Washington U|
|5||F||Kayla Thornton||Texas-El Paso|
New York Liberty FAQ
- Who Are The New York Liberty Starting Five?
- Who Is New York Liberty’s Starting Point Guard?
- Who Is New York Liberty’s Best Player?
Who Are The New York Liberty Starting Five?
The New York Liberty starting lineup for the WNBA Finals has yet to be confirmed. Based on this season’s past selections, New York is likely to start Sabrina Ionescu, Betnijah Laney, Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones, and Courtney Vandersloot during the Liberty’s matchups against the Aces.
Who Is New York Liberty’s Starting Point Guard?
WNBA veteran and first-year Liberty player Courtney Vandersloot has served as New York’s point guard this season and will likely do so again throughout WNBA Finals. Vandersloot has ranked in the league’s top four for assists during every season of her professional career. She has continued racking up assists this season, setting teammates Ionescu and Stewart up with new records of their own.
Who Is New York Liberty’s Best Player?
Perhaps the most well-known player in the WNBA, Breanna Stewart helped put women’s professional basketball on the map with her first WNBA MVP award in 2018. This year, she’s been named the 2023 WNBA MVP, just barely beating out A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces and Alyssa Thomas of the Connecticut Sun. Not only is Stewart the Liberty’s top player when it comes to scoring and rebounding, but the WNBA considers her the most valuable player in the league.