The 2014 WNBA Draft Lottery will be held on Tuesday, December 10 in Secaucus, N.J. It will air live on ESPNís SportsCenter, for the second consecutive year, at 3:30 p.m. CT and will be hosted by Kevin Negandhi.

The 2013 Draft Lottery was one of the most exciting in Sky history as they received the second overall pick. The Sky went on to use their second overall selection to add Elena Delle Donne to the Sky roster. This year, the Chicago Sky is exempt from the 2014 WNBA Draft Lottery after their exemplary season, having earned a berth to the 2013 WNBA Playoffs. The teams that were eliminated from last seasonís Playoff run, the Connecticut Sun, New York Liberty, Tulsa Shock and San Antonio Silver Stars, however are eligible for the upcoming lottery. These teams will be looking to secure the first pick in the 2014 Draft presented by State Farm.

The Sun have the best chance (44.2%) to win the first overall selection after posting a 10-24 record in 2013. The Liberty and Shock completed last season with 11-23 records and have an equal chance (22.7%) of landing the top draft pick. Finally, San Antonio, who finished the season with a 12-22 record, have a 10.4% chance to earn the top pick.

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 first pick. After determining the first pick, the balls will return to the machine to be mixed and the selection process will repeat to determine the second and third picks. The team that does not earn one of the top three selections will pick fourth in Aprilís draft.

Using this combination formula, there are 1,001 possible combinations that can be delivered on lottery day. One thousand of those combinations will be assigned to the four non-playoff teams based on their order of finish in the 2013 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.

Only once in history has the WNBA Draft Lottery, instituted prior to the 2002 draft, gone exactly according to the odds. The Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, and Chicago Sky, respectively, entered the eighth annual lottery with the most chances to earn the top pick in the 2009 Draft, and came away with, in order, the first, second and third selections.

On two occasions, the team with the fewest chances of earning the top pick has come out on top. The Phoenix Mercury was the first to do so, winning the lottery for the 2007 Draft. The Los Angeles Sparks also overcame the longest odds and earned the No. 1 pick in the 2012 Draft. Phoenix used its No. 1 overall pick in 2007 to take Lindsey Harding of Duke; Los Angeles used its No. 1 selection in 2012 on Nneka Ogwumike of Stanford.


Below are the number of chances for the top four teams in the 2014 WNBA Draft Lottery:

LOTTERY TEAMS FOR 2014 WNBA DRAFT

Team Record Chances (out of 1,000)

1. Connecticut 10-24 442
2. New York 11-23 227
3. Tulsa 11-23 227
4. San Antonio 12-22 104

Below is the remaining order of the first round, as determined by 2013 regular-season records:

REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND

Team†††† Record†
5. Indiana 16-18
6. Washington 17-17
7. Seattle17-17
8. Atlanta 17-17
9. Phoenix 19-15
10. Chicago 24-10
11. Los Angeles 24-10

12. Minnesota 26-8

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