By the Numbers: The case for Nurse as a WNBA All-Star

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By the Numbers: The case for Nurse as a WNBA All-Star

She is averaging 16 points per game, good for seventh in the league, while averaging the fourth-most minutes played in the WNBA at 32.9.

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.

Bill Laimbeer of Las Vegas and Washington's Mike Thibault were named head coaches for the game. As a result, Thibault will guide the All-Star team captained by Las Vegas' A'ja Wilson, the All-Star starter with the second-most votes among fans.

They are the Connecticut Sun's Jonquel Jones, Los Angeles Sparks' Chelsea Gray, Las Vegas Aces' Liz Cambage and Kayla McBride, New York Liberty's Kia Nurse, Phoenix Mercury's Brittney Griner, and the Seattle Storm's Natasha Howard and Jewell Lloyd.

The WNBA announced the ten players who will be starters in this summer's WNBA All Star Game this afternoon, including captains A'ja Wilson and Elena Delle Donne, during a broadcast of ESPN's "The Jump" Thursday afternoon. The latter group will be determined by WNBA coaches and be announced on July 15.

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. Delle Donne gets the first pick of the starters and Wilson gets first choice of the reserves.

Liz Cambage has been named a starter for this month's WNBA All-Star game.

Delle Donne and Griner have been named All-Stars for the sixth time each.

Delle Donne and Wilson will pick their rosters beginning with the starters and then the reserves.

Delle Donne's team lost to Candace Parker's squad a year ago in the All-Star contest.

WNBA fans made up 50 percent of the vote to determine the starters, while current players and a media panel accounted for 25 percent each.

Laimbeer, a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), has earned All-Star head coaching honors for the third time. Howard and Nurse will be making their All-Star debuts.

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