Elena Delle Donne named WNBA All-Star Game starter, team captain

Annette Crawford
July 14, 2019

Through 15 games this season, Wilson is averaging 16.4 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game, with a usage rate of 24.6%, a field goal percentage of 49.7%, a plus/minus average of 4.1 and a player impact estimate of 14.5, all top-20 marks in the league.

Wilson and Delle Donne will pick from a pool of the remaining eight starters and a dozen reserves.

Other frontcourt players include Wilson's teammate in Las Vegas' Liz Cambage, Phoenix's Brittney Griner, Seattle's Natasha Howard and Connecticut's Jonquel Jones. Eastern. Reserves for the game, voted on by coaches, will be announced next Monday.

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). Coaches can't vote for their own players.

Two other Canadians have been named WNBA all-stars: Tammy Sutton-Brown in 2002 and 2007, and Stacey Dales in 2002.

- 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. She is also the youngest starter this season. League-wide, she is fourth in total minutes played (494) and seventh in points (240).

This is Delle Donne's sixth trip to the All-Star Game, and third year in a row she's been named to the team.

The exhibition will be held on July 27 at Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC).

This is the third All-Star coaching honor for both.

Hamilton's Kia Nurse has been named as one of the starting guards for the WNBA All-Star Game.

Reigning rookie of the year A'ja Wilson is one of the team captains. As coach of the Connecticut Sun, Thibault's East team lost to the West 122-99 in the 2005 All-Star Game in Connecticut.

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