Elena Delle Donne may be nursing a broken nose, but the Washington Mystics forward got a whiff of some happy news Thursday afternoon: Delle Donne was the top vote-getter for this month’s WNBA All-Star Game in Las Vegas and will captain one of the teams.
It’s the second consecutive year that Delle Donne, now a six-time all-star, was chosen as captain by virtue of being one of the top two vote-getters in balloting among fans, WNBA players and media members. The Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson will serve as her opposing captain. Because Delle Donne finished first among fan votes, she’ll get to pick first when selecting her all-star roster.
Of the 10 players — four guards and six frontcourt players — chosen as starters, only the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner has as many all-star nods as Delle Donne. The Mercury center entered the league alongside Delle Donne in 2013 and is also a six-time all-star.
Las Vegas’s Bill Laimbeer and Washington’s Mike Thibault, leading the teams with the top records in the league, will serve as coaches in the All-Star Game. The 12 reserve players are selected by the league’s head coaches and will be announced Monday.
Here’s the complete list of the 2019 all-star starters:
- Liz Cambage, Las Vegas (third all-star selection)
- Elena Delle Donne, Washington (sixth all-star selection)
- Chelsea Gray, Los Angeles (third all-star selection)
- Brittney Griner, Phoenix (sixth all-star selection)
- Natasha Howard, Seattle (first all-star selection)
- Jonquel Jones, Connecticut (second all-star selection)
- Jewell Loyd, Seattle (second all-star selection)
- Kayla McBride, Las Vegas (third all-star selection)
- Kia Nurse, New York (first all-star selection)
- A’ja Wilson, Las Vegas (second all-star selection)