Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
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WNBA All-Star 2019 captains and coaches revealed

WNBA All-Star 2019 captains and coaches revealed

Nurse, 23, from Hamilton, Ont., is averaging 16.0 points and 2.1 assists per game with the New York Liberty, along with a 35.8 3-point shooting percentage.

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. This time she'll be facing a team captained by A'ja Wilson.

The starters include the two captains, along with: Liz Cambage, Chelsea Gray, Brittney Griner, Natasha Howard, Jonquel Jones, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride and Kia Nurse.

The WNBA's head coaches will select the 12 reserves, who will be announced on Monday, July 15.

The league's coaches will vote for the 12 reserve - three guards, five frontcourt players and four utility choices. They may not vote for their own players.

Fans make up 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters, while current WNBA players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each. This season, Delle Donne has earned two Player of the Week honors and was named the WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for June.

Delle Donne and Wilson received the most fan votes during the starter selection process. On July 7, she recorded the eighth regular-season triple-double in WNBA history.

In addition, Las Vegas Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault have earned spots as the head coaches for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019. As a result, Thibault will guide the All-Star team captained by Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson, the All-Star starter with the second-most votes among fans.

Delle Donne's team lost to Candace Parker's squad a year ago in the All-Star contest.

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).

"It's an honour to not only represent the New York Liberty but also my home country of Canada in the 2019 WNBA all-star game", Nurse said.

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