West guards, forwards toughest to pick

Fan voting ultimately will determine which 10 players will start the WNBA All-Star game July 9 at the Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, Conn.

And while the latest returns would reunite former Connecticut Husky stars Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi in the West backcourt, Katie Smith gets the nod over Taurasi on my ballot. Taurasi remains one of the league's best players and will be an All-Star. But she has taken more field-goal attempts (173) than anybody else in the league, and needs to be more efficient in her shot selection and improve her defending.

That said, picking the West guards and forwards – a position where voters have to choose between the likes of Lauren Jackson, Sheryl Swoopes and Chamique Holdsclaw – were probably the toughest areas of the ballot.

A look at how mine shapes up:

Nancy Lieberman, an ESPN analyst and Hall of Famer, is a regular contributor to ESPN.com's women's basketball coverage. Contact her at www.nancylieberman.com.