Chicago Sky, Tulsa Shock, and Washington Mystics Round out Top Four Picks

Phoenix Mercury Win Top Pick in 2013 WNBA Draft

Sep 26 2012 11:20PM

BRISTOL, CONN, Sept. 26, 2012 -- The Phoenix Mercury won the twelfth annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2013 WNBA Draft, the league announced today. The lottery was conducted in a televised event live from ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn.

The Mercury had 276 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection, the second most of any of the four teams in the Lottery mix. It marks the third time Phoenix has won the WNBA Draft Lottery. The Mercury previously came away with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2004 Draft, which they used to select Diana Taurasi, and for the 2009 Draft, when they chose Lindsey Harding.

Chicago, which had the smallest chance of winning the Lottery (10.4 percent), will have the second pick in the Draft, and will be followed by the Tulsa Shock, which had the second fewest chances (17.8 percent). fourth pick.

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WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young conducted the Draft Lottery at ESPN Headquarters in Bristol, Conn. to establish the order of selection for the first four picks of the 2013 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 teamsí respective regular-season records in 2012.

The following are results of the 2013 WNBA Draft Lottery:


1.Phoenix Mercury7-27
2.Chicago Sky14-20
3.Tulsa Shock9-25
4.Washington Mystics5-29

The following is the remaining order for the first round as determined by teamsí regular season records from 2012:


5.New York Liberty15-19
6.Seattle Storm16-18
7.Atlanta Dream19-15
8.San Antonio Silver Stars21-13
9.Indiana Fever22-12
10.Los Angeles Sparks24-10
11.Connecticut Sun25-9
12.Minnesota Lynx27-7