WNBA Draft Lottery Set for Nov. 10

-- Tulsa, Chicago, Los Angeles and WNBA Champion Minnesota vie for No.1 Pick in 2012 Draft--

NEW YORK, Oct. 20, 2011 – The lottery to determine the top four picks in the 2012 WNBA Draft will be held Thursday, Nov. 10, in New York.

The Tulsa Shock, which posted a record of 3-31 this past season and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive year, has the best opportunity (44.2 percent) to secure the top pick in the Draft, which will be held next April. In the 2011 Draft, the Shock used the No. 2 overall pick to select Australian center Liz Cambage.

The Minnesota Lynx, which, after winning the Lottery last year and using the No. 1 overall pick to select Maya Moore, earned their first WNBA championship, have the next best odds of winning the 2012 Lottery. Minnesota has a 27.6 percent chance of landing the top pick because it obtained the first round pick of Washington (6-28) after trading forward/center Nicky Anosike to the Mystics two days prior to the 2011 Draft.

The Chicago Sky, which posted a record of 14-20 this past season, and the Los Angeles Sparks (15-19) round out the Lottery-eligible teams. Chicago has a 17.8 percent chance of winning the top pick; Los Angeles a 10.4 percent chance.

WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will conduct the Draft Lottery in New York City. The Lottery will establish the first four picks of the 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 from 2011.

2012 WNBA Draft Lottery

Fourteen balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed. Four balls will then be drawn to the top to determine a four-digit combination. The team that has been assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The four balls will then be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated to determine the second and third picks. The team that does not win one of the top three picks will be slotted fourth.

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 four non-playoff teams based on their order of finish in the 2011 regular season. The remaining combination will be unassigned. If the one unassigned combination is drawn, the balls will be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated until an assigned combination is drawn.

The following are the number of chances for teams in the 2012 WNBA Draft Lottery:

LOTTERY TEAMS FOR 2012 WNBA DRAFT

Team Record Chances (out of 1,000)
1. Tulsa 3-31 442
2. Minnesota from Washington (Anosike – 4/8/11) 6-28 276
3. Chicago 14-20 178
4. Los Angeles 15-19 104

Following is the remaining order of the first round, as determined by 2011 regular season records:

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Team Record
5. San Antonio 18-16
6. Phoenix 19-15
7. New York 19-15
8. Washington from Atlanta (L. Harding/T Phillips, K. Miller – 4/11/11) 20-14
9. Connecticut 21-13
10. Washington from Seattle (K. Smith, J. Monroe/J. Thomas – 4/29/11) 21-13
11. Indiana 21-13
12. Minnesota 27-7
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