Atlanta Dream Win Top Pick in 2009 WNBA Draft

-- Washington Mystics, Chicago Sky Round Out Top Three Picks --

NEW YORK, Dec. 9, 2008 - The Atlanta Dream won the eighth annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, the league announced today.

The winning team had 420 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection. The lottery went exactly according to odds for the first time in WNBA history. The Washington Mystics will have the second pick in the draft followed by the Chicago Sky.

WNBA officials conducted the Draft Lottery in New York City, which included the five teams that did not qualify for the 2008 Playoffs and established the order of selection for the first five picks of the 2009 Draft. Additionally, the order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the entire second and third rounds is based on each team's finish during the 2008 regular season.

Following are results of the 2009 WNBA Draft Lottery:

PICK
TEAM
RECORD
CHANCE OF WINNING TOP PICK
Lottery Teams
1
Atlanta Dream
4-30
42.0%
2
Washington Mystics
10-24
26.1%
3
Chicago Sky
12-22
16.7%
4
Minnesota Lynx
16-18
7.6%
5
Phoenix Mercury
16-18
7.6%

Following is the remaining order for the first round as determined by overall records from 2008:

Non-Lottery Teams
6
Indiana Fever
17-17
--
7
Sacramento Monarchs
18-16
--
8
New York Liberty
19-15
--
9
Washington Mystics (from L.A.)
20-14
--
10
Connecticut Sun
21-13
--
11
Detroit Shock
22-12
--
12
Seattle Storm
22-12
--
13
Atlanta Dream (from S.A.)
24-10
--

The WNBA will feature 13 teams in 2009, with the Eastern Conference comprised of seven teams: the Atlanta Dream, Chicago Sky, Connecticut Sun, Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, New York Liberty and Washington Mystics. Six teams will compete in the Western Conference: the Los Angeles Sparks, Minnesota Lynx, Phoenix Mercury, Sacramento Monarchs, San Antonio Silver Stars and Seattle Storm.

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