WNBA Draft Lottery to Take Place Live on ESPN’s SportsCenter for Second Consecutive Year
Connecticut, which posted a record of 10-24, has the best opportunity (44.2 percent) to win the top pick in the 2014 Draft. New York and Tulsa, who both finished the year at 11-23, will have the second most chances to land the top pick (22.7 percent each). San Antonio, which ended the campaign at 12-22, rounds out the lottery-eligible teams and has a 10.4 percent chance to win the first overall selection.
WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will conduct the draft lottery. The lottery will establish the first four picks of the draft. The order of selection for the remainder of the first round, as well as the second and third round, is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records from 2013.
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 2013 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.
Only once in history has the WNBA Draft Lottery, instituted prior to the 2002 draft, gone exactly according to the odds. The Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, and Chicago Sky, respectively, entered the eighth annual lottery with the most chances to earn the top pick in the 2009 Draft, and came away with, in order, the first, second and third selections.
On two occasions, the team with the fewest chances of earning the top pick has come out on top. The Phoenix Mercury was the first to do so, winning the lottery for the 2007 Draft. The Los Angeles Sparks also overcame the longest odds and earned the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft. Phoenix used its No. 1 overall pick in 2007 to take Lindsey Harding of Duke; Los Angeles used its No. 1 selection in 2012 on Nneka Ogwumike of Stanford.
Phoenix also won the most recent WNBA Draft Lottery, conducted on Sept. 26, 2012, and subsequently selected Baylor’s Brittney Griner first overall in the 2013 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. That pick was followed, in order, by Chicago (Elena Delle Donne), Tulsa (Skylar Diggins), and Washington (Tayler Hill).
The Lynx will draft No. 12.
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