Delle Donne, Wilson named WNBA All-Star captains

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The Australian centre's third All-Star selection comes after leading her WNBA team, the Las Vegas Aces, to the top of the league's standings averaging 15.6 points, 7.5 rebounds, two assists and 1.4 blocks a game.

The WNBA announced the pair as captains Thursday for the All-Star Game in Las Vegas that will be played on July 27.

Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne and Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson highlighted the list as they were each selected for the sixth time and will serve as team captains.

A'ja Wilson is under a bit of pressure now as one of the captains of the WNBA All-Star Game.

Joining Delle Donne and Wilson as All-Star Game starters in the frontcourt are Las Vegas' Liz Cambage, the Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, the Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard and the Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones. Fan voting makes up half of the determination, while current players and a media panel share the remainder evenly.

Two other Canadians have been named WNBA all-stars: Tammy Sutton-Brown in 2002 and 2007, and Stacey Dales in 2002. In 2018, she helped lead Washington to a 22-12 record and a WNBA Finals appearance. She has started all 15 games for NY this season. League-wide, she is fourth in total minutes played (494) and seventh in points (240). Nurse is in her second year in the WNBA after being drafted 10th overall last year. Washington (9-5, .643) is guaranteed to have the second-best record through July 12.

Laimbeer, a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), has earned All-Star head coaching honors for the third time.

Delle Donne's team lost to Candace Parker's squad previous year in the All-Star contest. One year later, he led the East to a 98-82 win over the West in the 2006 All-Star Game in NY.

"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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