Delle Donne, Wilson lead early WNBA All-Star balloting
Delle Donne, Wilson lead early WNBA All-Star balloting
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Delle Donne was the leading WNBA vote-getter among fans and the game will be held in Las Vegas on July 27. the Las Vegas Aces A'ja Wilson was named the other captain.
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's team lost to Candace Parker's squad past year in the All-Star contest.
Delle Donne and Wilson received the most fan votes during the starter selection process.
Wilson and Delle Donne will select their teams from the other starters chosen by the fans, media and players.
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The starters include the two captains, along with: Liz Cambage, Chelsea Gray, Brittney Griner, Natasha Howard, Jonquel Jones, Jewell Loyd, Kayla McBride and Kia Nurse.
Among second-year players, Wilson leads the WNBA in scoring, rebounding, blocks and player impact estimate and is in the top 5 in net rating and assists. Fan votes were worth, collectively, 50%, while player votes were worth 25%, as were media votes.
But starting in the All-Star game for Delle Donne will depend on how fast she recovers from an injury. Additional details about the WNBA All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date. She last did so on July 5 in Phoenix, tying a season-best with 26 (8-11 FG) in an 80-76 win over the Mercury.
Howard and Nurse are both first-time All-Stars. League-wide, she is fourth in total minutes played (494) and seventh in points (240). Thibault's Mystics are guaranteed to have the league's second-best record through July 12, so he will guide Wilson's team.
Laimbeer, a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), has earned All-Star head coaching honors for the third time. Laimbeer is a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), while Thibault is a three-time victor (2006, 2008, 2013). As coach of the Connecticut Sun, Thibault's East team lost to the West 122-99 in the 2005 All-Star Game in Connecticut.
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