Charlotte Has Best Odds To Receive Number One Overall Pick
WNBA to Hold Draft Lottery on October 24

The odds are in Charlotte's favor in the 2006 WNBA Draft Lottery.
(listed in parentheses, out of 1000):
Charlotte(420)
San Antonio (261)
Minnesota(167)
Phoenix(76)
Washington (76)
NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2005 – The WNBA Draft Lottery to determine the top three picks in the 2006 WNBA Draft will be held Monday, Oct. 24, the WNBA announced today.

The Charlotte Sting, with a regular season record of 6-28, has the best opportunity to gain one of the top three picks in the draft. The San Antonio Silver Stars (7-27) and the Minnesota Lynx (14-20), have the second and third best chances, respectively, of landing one of the top three picks.

WNBA officials and representatives from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will conduct the Draft Lottery at WNBA Headquarters on Fifth Avenue in New York, which will include the five teams that did not qualify for the 2005 WNBA Playoffs. The lottery will establish the order of selection for the first round of the draft, with the order of selection for the second and third rounds based on each team's finish during the 2005 regular season.

Fourteen balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed. 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 five non-playoff teams based on their order of finish in the 2005 regular season. The remaining combination will be unassigned.

The 2006 Draft marks the fifth year that the team receiving the top pick in the WNBA Draft has been decided by lottery. So just how much of an impact does that coveted No. 1 pick deliver?

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. 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.

The first-round order of selection for the teams that do not win one of the top three picks will be determined by inverse order of their respective regular-season records.

Following are the chances, out of 1,000, for teams in the WNBA Draft Lottery:

2006 WNBA LOTTERY TEAMS

TeamRecordLottery Chances
(out of 1,000)
Charlotte6-28420
San Antonio 7-27261
Minnesota14-20167
Phoenix16-1876
Washington16-1876

In 2005, the WNBA concluded its historic ninth season with an action packed WNBA Finals that crowned a new champion for the third straight year as the Sacramento Monarchs clinched the 2005 WNBA Championship. The WNBA Finals on ESPN2 produced significant increases in ratings (+33%) and viewership (+27%) versus 2004. As the preeminent women's sports league, the WNBA is the destination for the best women's basketball players in the world.

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