Seattle Storm Win Top Pick in 2015 WNBA Draft Presented by State Farm

NEW YORK, Aug. 21, 2014 – The Seattle Storm won the 14th annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2015 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the league announced today. The lottery was conducted in a televised event live on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals between the Washington Mystics and the Indiana Fever.

The Storm and the Tulsa Shock, each of whom finished the 2014 season with a 12-22 record, both entered the lottery with 359 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection, the most of any of the three teams in the lottery mix. This marks the second time that Seattle has won the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm. The Storm won the inaugural lottery in advance of the 2002 Draft and went on to select guard Sue Bird from the University of Connecticut.

Tulsa will have the second pick in the 2015 Draft presented by State Farm. The Shock also had the second selection in 2014 and used that to take Baylor University guard Odyssey Sims.

Connecticut will select third and fourth. The Sun, who after earning the top pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm selected Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, entered today’s lottery with 178 chances via its own finish (13-21) and another 104 from New York (15-19), following a trade last April in which the Sun received the Liberty’s first-round pick next year as well as Alyssa Thomas and Kelsey Bone in exchange for Tina Charles.

WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young conducted the lottery in Secaucus, N.J., to establish the order of selection for the first four picks of the 2015 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. The order of selection for the remainder of the first round, as well as the second and third rounds, is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records in 2014.

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

LOTTERY TEAMS FOR 2015 WNBA DRAFT PRESENTED BY STATE FARM

Team Record Chances (out of 1,000)
1. Seattle 12-22 359
2. Tulsa 12-22 359
3. Connecticut 13-21 178
4. Connecticut from New York 15-19 104

The following is the remaining order of the first round as determined by 2014 regular-season records:

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Team Record
5. Chicago 15-19
6. Indiana 16-18
7. Los Angeles 16-18
8. Washington 16-18
9. San Antonio 16-18
10. Atlanta 19-15
11. Minnesota 25-9
12. Phoenix 29-5

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