Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

WNBA names 2019 All Star Game starters; captains are Delle Donne, Wilson

WNBA names 2019 All Star Game starters; captains are Delle Donne, Wilson

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne and Las Vegas Aces forward A'ja Wilson were named team captains for this month's WNBA All-Star Game. This time she'll be facing a team captained by A'ja Wilson.

Nurse, a six-foot guard was third in player voting, fourth among fan balloting and sixth in the media polling for starters in the July 27 game in Las Vegas.

- Elena Delle Donne, Mystics (6th All-Star selection): The 2015 WNBA MVP has been voted to each All-Star Game played in her career, including three selections with the Chicago Sky and three with the Mystics.

The starters who were named Thursday include Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage, Los Angeles Sparks' Chelsea Gray, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard, Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones, Seattle's Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas' Kayla McBride and New York Liberty's Kia Nurse.

Among second-year players, Wilson leads the WNBA in scoring, rebounding, blocks and player impact estimate and is in the top 5 in net rating and assists.

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The 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 - announced earlier today on ESPN's The Jump - were selected by a combination of fans (50 percent of the vote), current WNBA players (25 percent) and a national panel of sportswriters and broadcasters (25 percent).

Nurse has a chance to be the third Canadian to be named to the WNBA All-Star game, joining Tammy Sutton-Brown (2002 and 2007) and Stacey Dales (2002).

Howard and Nurse are both first-time All-Stars.

In addition to the two captains, the eight other starters were announced. Coaches can't vote for their own players.

What makes it even more special for Wilson is that the game will be played in Las Vegas. In 2017, she made her All-Star debut and earned WNBA Most Improved Player honors. Thibault's Mystics are guaranteed to have the league's second-best record through July 12, so he will guide Wilson's team.

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