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

Washington Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne pulls down a rebound next to Connecticut Sun guard Layshia Clarendon during a WNBA basketball game in Uncasville Conn. Thibault’s squad has been using

Wilson checked in at No. 2 in the fan vote on July 2 and had been widely tipped to be a starter by national media outlets.

Natasha Howard of Seattle, Connecticut's Jonquel Jones, Liz Cambage of Las Vegas and Brittney Griner of Las Vegas are the other frontcourt starters.

The other three starting guards are Los Angeles' Chelsea Gray, Seattle's Jewell Loyd and Las Vegas' Kayla McBride.

- 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.

The WNBA announced Las Vegas Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault would serve as head coaches for the game.

Delle Donne and Wilson will select their respective rosters in the All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves.

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Defensively, Wilson has also become one of the league's top players - she ranks 12th in defensive win shares and 19th in defensive rating among players with 10 or more starts.

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). Loyd, Jones and Wilson are All-Stars for the second time.

Howard and Nurse are both first-time All-Stars. They are voted on by league coaches.

The WNBA added festivities for the night before the All-Star Game with a 3-point shootout, skills competition and beach party that Cambage will DJ at with Snoop Dogg and Ariana Grande. She can handle her own.

Wilson said that she might have to negotiate to get into the DJ booth with her teammate. In 2017, she made her All-Star debut and earned WNBA Most Improved Player honors.

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