WNBA All-Star 2019 captains and coaches revealed

WNBA All-Star 2019 captains and coaches revealed

A'ja Wilson will serve as a captain alongside Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics, while Elizabeth Cambage and Kayla McBride were also invited.

AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson, will be played on Saturday, July 27 (Sunday, July 28, PHL time) at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces.

The league announced Thursday during ESPN's "The Jump" broadcast the ten players who will start in the WNBA All-Star Game. Delle Donne's team lost to Candace Parker's squad previous year in the All-Star Game.

WNBA fans made up 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters, while current players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.

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The 23-year-old second year guard joins Kayla McBride of the Las Vegas Aces, Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm and Chelsea Gray of the Los Angeles Sparks as backcourt starters. After winning the 2018 WNBA Rookie of the Year Award, she is averaging 16.4 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 2019.

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 will be making their All-Star debuts. The two will participate in a two-round draft from a pool of starters and reserves at an unannounced time to form their teams. The WNBA's head coaches will select the 12 reserves, who will be revealed on Monday, July 15. Coaches can't vote for their own players. League-wide, she is fourth in total minutes played (494) and seventh in points (240).

Bill Laimbeer of Las Vegas and Washington's Mike Thibault were named head coaches for the game.

Laimbeer will coach Delle Donne's team as the Aces have the best record in the league and Thibault will lead Wilson's since the Mystics have the second-best mark. One year later, he led the East to a 98-82 win over the West in the 2006 All-Star Game in NY.

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