Los Angeles Sparks Win Top Pick In 2012 WNBA Draft

-- Sparks Become Second Team in League History to Win First Pick Despite Smallest Odds --

-- Chicago Sky and Minnesota Lynx Round Out Top Three Picks --

NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2011 � The Los Angeles Sparks won the eleventh annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, the league announced today.

Los Angeles had 104 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection, the fewest of any of the four teams in the Lottery mix. This marks the second time in WNBA history that the team with the fewest chances to win has won the top pick. The other team to do so was the Phoenix Mercury, which won the Lottery held in advance of the 2007 WNBA Draft.

The Chicago Sky, which had the second fewest chances to win the Lottery (178), will have the second pick in the Draft followed by the Minnesota Lynx. Minnesota, which, after winning the Lottery last year used the No. 1 overall pick to select Maya Moore and went on to earn its first WNBA championship, had the second best odds of winning the 2012 Lottery. The Lynx had a 27.6 percent chance of landing the top pick having obtained the first round selection of Washington (6-28) after trading forward/center Nicky Anosike to the Mystics two days prior to the 2011 Draft.

The Tulsa Shock, which had the most chances to win the Lottery (44.2%) will select fourth.

WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young conducted the Draft Lottery in New York City to establish the order of selection for the first four picks of the 2012 WNBA 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.

The following are results of the 2012 WNBA Draft Lottery:

*Updated: Jan. 2, 2012


Team 2011 Record Chances (out of 1,000)
1. Los Angeles 15-19 104
2. Seattle from Chicago (S. Cash, L. Willingham -- 1/2/12) 21-13 178
3. Minnesota (from Washington*) 6-28* 276
4. Tulsa 3-31 442

The following is the remaining order for the first round as determined by overall records from 2011:


Team 2011 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. Minnesota27-7