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The Cleveland Rockers won the 2003 Draft Lottery and selected LaToya Thomas with the top pick in the 2003 Draft.
The Phoenix Mercury will have the best opportunity to gain one of the top three picks in the draft, since they finished the regular season with an 8-26 record. The Washington Mystics, who finished the season with a 9-25 record, and the San Antonio Silver Stars, who finished its year with a 12-22 mark, have the second and third best chances, respectively, of landing one of the top three picks.
The lottery will be conducted using 14 numbered ping-pong balls. 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 six non-playoff teams based on their order of finish in the 2003 regular season. The remaining combination will be unassigned.
The 14 ping-pong balls will be placed into a lottery machine and mixed. Four balls will then be drawn to the top. The team that has been assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The four balls will then be placed back in the machine, and the process will be repeated to determine the number two and three picks. If the one unassigned combination is drawn, the balls will be placed back in 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:
(out of 1,000)
|1. Phoenix||8-26|| |
|2. Washington||9-25|| |
|3. San Antonio||12-22|
|4. New York||16-18|