WNBA To Hold Draft Lottery On October 23rd
The Los Angeles Sparks, who posted a regular season record of 10-24 this past year, have the best opportunity to secure one of the top three picks in the draft. With a roster already boasting the two most recent number one picks in Seimone Augustus and Lindsey Harding, the Minnesota Lynx have the second best chance after also finishing 10-24 and narrowly edging the Sparks in the standings.
The Houston Comets (13-21) and Chicago Sky (14-20) have the next best chances, respectively, of landing one of the top three picks while the Washington Mystics (16-18) round out the lottery-eligible teams.
Phoenix, who beat the odds to win last year’s lottery, traded the top pick (Harding) to the Lynx on draft day for veteran forward Tangela Smith and eventually defeated the Detroit Shock to win the 2007 WNBA Championship.
WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will conduct the Draft Lottery in New York City, which will include the five teams that did not qualify for the 2007 WNBA Playoffs. The lottery will establish the order of selection for the first six picks of the draft. The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third rounds is based on each team’s finish during the 2007 regular season.
Fourteen balls numbered 1-13 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed. There are 1,001 possible combinations when four balls are drawn out of 13, 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 2007 regular season. The remaining combination will be unassigned.
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 receive one of the top six picks, as well as the order of selection for the second and third round is determined by inverse order of their respective regular-season records.
Following are the chances - out of a possible 1,000 - for teams in the WNBA Draft Lottery:
2008 WNBA LOTTERY TEAMS
|NO.||TEAM||RECORD||CHANCES (OUT OF 1,000)|
Following is the remaining order for the first round as determined by overall records from 2007:
REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND
|11||Detroit (From SAN, Riley/Feenstra trade on 2/22/07)||24-10|
|14||New York (From DET, via SAN, Hammon/Davenport trade on 4/4/07)||16-18|