A’ja Wilson has been named a team captain and starter for the 2019 WNBA All-Star Game, the league announced Thursday.
Wilson and the Washington Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne lead the list of 10 players — four guards and six frontcourt players — who were selected by fans, current WNBA players and media to start the game.
Team Wilson will face Team Delle Donne on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of Wilson’s Las Vegas Aces. The game, the 16th WNBA All-Star Game, will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m.
Wilson and Delle Donne draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves.
Joining Wilson and Delle Donne as All-Star Game starters in the frontcourt are Las Vegas’s Liz Cambage, the Phoenix Mercury’s Brittney Griner, the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard and the Connecticut Sun’s Jonquel Jones. The four starting guards are the Los Angeles Sparks’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’s Kayla McBride and the New York Liberty’s Kia Nurse.
Wilson is now a two-time All-Star selection.
The 12 reserves for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, as selected by the league’s head coaches, will be announced on Monday, July 15.
Wilson and Delle Donne will select their rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves. By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Delle Donne will make the first pick in the first round (starters).
Wilson will have the first pick in the second round (reserves). Delle Donne finished with a WNBA-high 32,460 fan votes, followed by Wilson with 26,475 fan votes.