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


Nurse leads the Liberty in minutes and is second on the team in points per game and free-throw percentage.

With the WNBA set to unveil their 2019 All-Stars for the upcoming game in Las Vegas on July 27, there is a case to be made that New York Liberty guard and Canadian Kia Nurse belongs in the conversation to be at that game.

With Las Vegas (10-5, .667) having clinched the best record in the WNBA through July 12, Laimbeer will coach the All-Star team captained by Washington's Elena Delle Donne, the All-Star starter who received the most fan votes in WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google.

Wilson and Delle Donne will pick from a pool of the remaining eight starters and a dozen reserves.

Other starters included Chelsea Gray (Los Angeles), Brittney Griner (Phoenix), Jewell Loyd, Natasha Howard (both Seattle), and Jonquel Jones (Connecticut). The latter group will be determined by WNBA coaches and be announced on July 15.

Starters were voted on by fans, media and fellow players. Coaches can vote for all but their own players, selecting three guards, five frontcourt players and four others at any position.

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. Loyd, Jones and Wilson are All-Stars for the second time.

For Delle Donne, it is her sixth All-Star Game appearance in as many seasons. In 2018, she helped lead Washington to a 22-12 record and a WNBA Finals appearance.

This is the third All-Star coaching honor for both.

The WNBA added festivities for the night before the All-Star Game with a 3-point shootout, skills competition and beach party. As coach of the Connecticut Sun, Thibault's East team lost to the West 122-99 in the 2005 All-Star Game in Connecticut.

Reigning rookie of the year A'ja Wilson is one of the team captains.