Mercury to select 6th in 2011 WNBA Draft

Los Angeles Sparks Win Top Pick in 2012 WNBA Draft

Posted: Nov. 10, 2011

The Los Angeles Sparks won the eleventh annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, the league announced today.

Los Angeles had 104 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection, the fewest of any of the four teams in the Lottery mix. This marks the second time in WNBA history that the team with the fewest chances to win has won the top pick. The other team to do so was the Phoenix Mercury, which won the Lottery held in advance of the 2007 WNBA Draft.

The Chicago Sky, which had the second fewest chances to win the Lottery (178), will have the second pick in the Draft followed by the Minnesota Lynx. Minnesota, which, after winning the Lottery last year used the No. 1 overall pick to select Maya Moore and went on to earn its first WNBA championship, had the second best odds of winning the 2012 Lottery. The Lynx had a 27.6 percent chance of landing the top pick having obtained the first round selection of Washington (6-28) after trading forward/center Nicky Anosike to the Mystics two days prior to the 2011 Draft.

The Tulsa Shock, which had the most chances to win the Lottery (44.2%) will select fourth.

WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young conducted the Draft Lottery in New York City to establish the order of selection for the first four picks of the 2012 WNBA 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.

The following are results of the 2012 WNBA Draft Lottery:

2012 WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY ORDER

Team Record Chances (Out of 1,000)
1.
Los Angeles 15-19 104
2.
Chicago 14-20 178
3.
Minnesota (from Washington) 6-28 276
4.
Tulsa 3-31 442

Following is the remaining order of the first round, as determined by 2011 regular season records:

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Team Record
5.
San Antonio 18-16
6.
Phoenix 19-15
7.
New York 19-15
8.
Washington (from Atlanta) 20-14
9.
Connecticut 21-13
10.
Washington (from Seattle) 21-13
11.
Indiana 21-13
12.
Minnesota 27-7

MERCURY DRAFT NOTES - THROUGH THE YEARS

2011 (7th overall pick) – Traded to Tulsa during the 2010 season with Nicole Ohlde for Kara Braxton
2010 (12th overall pick) – Traded to Los Angeles prior to the 2009 season in a sign-and-trade deal for Temeka Johnson
2009 (5th overall) – Selected DeWanna Bonner
2008 (13th overall) – Selected LaToya Pringle
2007 (1st overall) – Selected Lindsey Harding, traded her to Minnesota on draft day in exchange for Tangela Smith
2006 (2md overall) – Selected Cappie Pondexter
2005 (3rd overall) – Selected Sandora Irvin
2004 (1st overall, 8th overall) – Selected Diana Taurasi and Chandi Jones