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Las Vegas Wins Top Pick In 2018 WNBA Draft Presented By State Farm®

Secaucus, N.J., Nov. 13, 2017 – Las Vegas won the 17th annual WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm® and earned the top pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the WNBA announced today. The results of the Lottery were televised on ESPN2 during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter.

Las Vegas entered the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm with the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000). This marks the third consecutive year in which a team with the most chances to win the Lottery emerged as the winner.

The Indiana Fever, which had 276 chances out of 1,000, will have the second selection.  The Chicago Sky will select third and fourth.

By missing the 2017 WNBA Playoffs, Las Vegas (formerly the San Antonio Stars), the Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream and Chicago Sky qualified for the Lottery drawing.  Atlanta’s spot in the lottery (178 chances), however, belonged to Chicago, as the result of a July 31 trade in which the Sky sent Imani McGee-Stafford and Tamera Young to the Dream in exchange for Jordan Hooper and Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2018.  Chicago also had 104 chances as the result of the Sky’s 30-38 record over the past two seasons.

Lottery odds were based on the cumulative records of the Dream, Fever, Sky and Stars over the two most recent regular seasons (2016 and 2017).

A representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young was in attendance to oversee the Lottery process.

The following are results of the 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm:

 

2018 WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY RESULTS

            Team                                                  Combined                                    Chances

                                                                        2016-2017 Record                      (out of 1,000)

  1. Las Vegas                                                     15-53                                                   442
  2. Indiana                                                         26-42                                                  276
  3. Chicago (via Atlanta)                                 29-39                                                  178
  4. Chicago                                                         30-38                                                  104

 

The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third round is in inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2017.

The following is the remaining order of the first round, as determined by 2017 regular-season records:

 

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Team                                          Record     

  1. Seattle                                            15-19
  2. Dallas                                             16-18
  3. Washington                                  18-16
  4. Phoenix                                         18-16
  5. Connecticut                                  21-13
  6. New York                                      22-12
  7. Los Angeles                                  26-8
  8. Minnesota                                    27-7