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

This is Delle Donne's sixth all-star selection

A'ja Wilson will serve as a captain alongside Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics, while Elizabeth Cambage and Kayla McBride were also invited.

Former Gamecock and current Las Vegas Aces star A'ja Wilson has earned yet another honor in her young WNBA career, getting named an All-Star starter and captain on Thursday.

Wilson and the Aces have become title contenders this season, aided by fellow All-Star starters Kayla McBride and Liz Cambage - Las Vegas now leads the league with a 10-5 record.

Wilson was the only rookie named to last year's All-Star Game and wound up coming off the bench, scoring 18 points and earning some MVP buzz.

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

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.

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 four starting guards are Los Angeles' Chelsea Gray, Seattle's Jewell Loyd, McBride and New York's Kia Nurse.

Laimbeer will coach Delle Donne's team as the Aces have the best record in the league and Thibault will lead Wilson's since the Mystics have the second-best mark. Coaches will vote for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The two captains were chosen by virtue of having the most votes from fans.

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

Thibault is coaching his third All-Star Game. Howard and Nurse are each making their All-Star debut.

"Liz is a legit one".

Wilson said that she might have to negotiate to get into the DJ booth with her teammate.

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