Hamilton’s Kia Nurse named a starting guard for the WNBA all-star game


Teams will be picked by the two captains named on Thursday - Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces.

Delle Donne and Wilson received the most fan votes during the starter selection process.

The starters were selected through voting from fans, WNBA players themselves, and WNBA media members.

Joining Wilson, Delle Donne, Cambage and McBride as starters are Phoenix's Brittney Griner, Seattle's Natasha Howard and Connecticut's Jonquel Jones in the frontcourt.

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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. She is third in free throws made (56) and sixth in attempts (61).

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).

This will be the third All-Star Game for Thibault. The two will participate in a two-round draft from a pool of starters and reserves at an unannounced time to form their teams. Howard and Nurse will be making their All-Star debuts. Eastern. Reserves for the game, voted on by coaches, will be announced next Monday. They may not vote for their own players. She has started all 15 games for NY this season. Washington (9-5, .643) is guaranteed to have the second-best record through July 12. The winningest coach in WNBA history, Thibault is a three-time WNBA Coach of the Year, most recently in 2013 with Washington.

Reigning rookie of the year A'ja Wilson is one of the team captains. Laimbeer is a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), while Thibault is a three-time victor (2006, 2008, 2013). One year later, he led the East to a 98-82 win over the West in the 2006 All-Star Game in NY.