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Cary Erickson | 14 July, 2019, 04:41

Las Vegas will have a lot of its hometown players to root for at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27.

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. Entering her seventh WNBA season, Delle Donne has been named to six All-Star teams.

Other starters included Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles), Brittney Griner (Phoenix), Jewell Loyd, Natasha Howard (both Seattle), and Jonquel Jones (Connecticut).

The All Star reserves will be selected by the WNBA coaches, and that group will be announced on Monday, July 15. They are voted on by league coaches.

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

It is Wilson's second selection in two seasons.

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Las Vegas Aces head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault have earned spots as the head coaches for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019. She has started all 15 games for NY this season. Nurse is in her second year in the WNBA after being drafted 10th overall last year.

But starting in the All-Star game for Delle Donne will depend on how fast she recovers from an injury. Thibault's Mystics are guaranteed to have the league's second-best record through July 12, so he will guide Wilson's team.

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.

Laimbeer, a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), has earned All-Star head coaching honors for the third time.

This is Delle Donne's sixth trip to the All-Star Game, and third year in a row she's been named to the team. Laimbeer is a two-time WNBA Coach of the Year (2003, 2015), while Thibault is a three-time victor (2006, 2008, 2013).