Minnesota Lynx Win Top Pick in 2010 WNBA Draft

-- Sacramento Monarchs, Connecticut Sun Round Out Top Three Picks --

NEW YORK, Nov. 5, 2009 – The Minnesota Lynx won the ninth annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2010 WNBA Draft, the league announced today.

Minnesota had 428 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection by virtue of owning New York’s combinations (261) in addition to its own (167). The Sacramento Monarchs, who had 420 chances, will have the second pick followed by the Connecticut Sun, Minnesota Lynx and Chicago Sky.

Minnesota had the combinations for the New York Liberty’s pick due to the trade involving Sidney Spencer, Noelle Quinn and Raffaella Masciadri on May 5, 2009.

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 five picks of the 2010 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.

Following are results of the 2010 WNBA Draft Lottery:

2010 WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY ORDER
PickTeam2009 RecordChances (out of 1,000)
1.Minnesota (from New York)13-21261
2.Sacramento12-22420
3.Connecticut16-1876
4.Minnesota14-20167
5.Chicago16-1876

Following is the remaining order for the first round as determined by overall records from 2009:

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND
PickTeam2009 Record
6.San Antonio15-19
7.Washington16-18
8.Tulsa18-16
9.Los Angeles18-16
10.Atlanta18-16
11.Seattle20-14
12.Indiana22-12
13.Los Angeles (from Phoenix)23-11

About the WNBA
The WNBA is a unique global sports property combining competition, sportsmanship, and entertainment value with its status as an icon for social change, achievement, and diversity. Composed of 13 teams, the WNBA is the most successful women’s professional team sports league in the world. The WNBA finished the 2009 regular season with a third consecutive year of increased attendance and a second straight season of increased viewership on ESPN2. For the 2009 WNBA Finals presented by adidas, average viewership on ESPN2 jumped 76 percent from a year ago. The five-game series also featured three sellouts plus the highest total attendance figure (82,018) in WNBA Finals history.

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