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Canada's Kia Nurse selected a starter for WNBA all-star game

Canada's Kia Nurse selected a starter for WNBA all-star game

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.

The starters were selected through voting from fans, WNBA players themselves, and WNBA media members. The four starting guards are Los Angeles' Chelsea Gray, Seattle's Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas' Kayla McBride and Nurse. She is third in free throws made (56) and sixth in attempts (61). 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. Howard and Nurse are each making their All-Star debut. The latter group will be determined by WNBA coaches and be announced on July 15. They may not vote for their own players. Delle Donne received 32,460 votes while Wilson received 26,475. Delle Donne gets the first pick of the starters and Wilson gets first choice of the reserves. Wilson will have the first pick in the Second Round (Reserves). In 2018, she helped lead Washington to a 22-12 record and a WNBA Finals appearance. She is also the youngest starter this season.

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).

"She plays hard all the time", Nurse's teammate Asia Durr noted earlier this season. League-wide, she is fourth in total minutes played (494) and seventh in points (240).

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With her numbers, an All-Star spot is a realistic scenario for the second-year guard.

This year's contest will take place on July 27 in Las Vegas at home arena of Wilson's Aces.

Laimbeer and Thibault will be joined on the bench by their respective coaching staffs at the 16th WNBA All-Star Game. Washington (9-5, .643) is guaranteed to have the second-best record through July 12.

Reigning rookie of the year A'ja Wilson is one of the team captains.


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