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

Kia Nurse

Teams will be picked by the two captains named on Thursday - Elena Delle Donne of the Washington Mystics and A'ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces.

Canada's Kia Nurse has been named a starter for the WNBA all-star game on July 27 in Las Vegas.

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.

For Delle Donne, it is her sixth All-Star Game appearance in as many seasons.

- 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 23-year-old second year guard joins Kayla McBride of the Las Vegas Aces, Jewell Loyd of the Seattle Storm and Chelsea Gray of the Los Angeles Sparks as backcourt starters. Cambage, McBride and Gray have made it for the third time.

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The coaches will vote for three guards, five front court players and four players at either position regardless of conference.

The WNBA added festivities for the night before the All-Star Game with a 3-point shootout, skills competition and beach party. Howard and Nurse are the only ones making their All-Star debuts.

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.

In addition to the two captains, the eight other starters were announced. The 12 reserves will be announced Monday. On July 7, she recorded the eighth regular-season triple-double in WNBA history.

Bill Laimbeer of Las Vegas and Washington's Mike Thibault were named head coaches for the game.

This is the third All-Star coaching honor for both. One year later, he led the East to a 98-82 win over the West in the 2006 All-Star Game in NY.

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