Lynx to Own Two of the Top Four Picks in 2011 Draft

2011 WNBA Draft Lottery Set For Nov. 2
Lynx Have Second-Best Chance of Obtaining First Overall Pick in 2011 WNBA Draft

The WNBA today announced the 2011 WNBA Draft Lottery will be held Nov. 2, 2010 in New York City. The draft lottery will help determine the top four picks in the 2011 WNBA Draft and involves teams that did not make the playoffs this past season, including the Tulsa Shock, Lynx and Chicago Sky. After equaling the Los Angeles Sparks with a 13-21 record, the Lynx lost the series tie-breaker and the No.4 playoff seed, thus giving the team two chances at the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft. Minnesota possesses its own selection - slotted second overall - as well as Connecticut's first round pick - slotted fourth overall - courtesy of a draft-day trade on April 8, 2010 between the Lynx and Sun that sent Minnesota's 2010 first round pick (Kelsey Griffin) to Connecticut in exchange for first- and second-round picks in the 2011 WNBA Draft. The second round pick Minnesota acquired via the trade originally belonged to Tulsa, making it the first pick in the second round (13th overall) of this year's draft.

The combined odds of obtaining the first overall pick in the draft from each selection add up to give the Lynx the second-best chance at securing the top pick in the 2011 WNBA Draft, with 380 chances out of 1,000, 62 less than Tulsa's 442.

Following are the number of chances for teams in the 2011 WNBA Draft Lottery:


Team Chances (out of 1,000)
1. Tulsa 442
2. Minnesota 276
3. Chicago 178
4. Minnesota from Connecticut 104

2011 WNBA Draft Lottery
WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm, Ernst & Young, will conduct the 2011 WNBA Draft Lottery on November 2, 2010 in New York City. The lottery will establish the first four picks of the draft, with the remainder of the first round, as well as the second and third round, determined by inverse order of the teamsí respective regular season records.

Fourteen balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed. Four balls will then be drawn to the top to determine a four-digit combination. The team that has been assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The four balls will then be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated to determine the second and third picks. The team that does not win one of the top three picks will be slotted fourth.

There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 14, without regard to their order of selection. One thousand of those combinations will be assigned to the four non-playoff teams based on their order of finish in the 2010 regular season. The remaining combination will be unassigned. If the one unassigned combination is drawn, the balls will be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated until an assigned combination is drawn.

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