– Indiana, Atlanta, Washington, and Dallas Will Vie for No. 1 Overall Draft Pick –
NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2021 – WNBA Draft Lottery 2022 presented by State Farm® will be conducted on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 3 p.m. ET, the WNBA announced today.
ESPN will broadcast a 30-minute WNBA Draft Lottery special between games of its women’s college basketball doubleheader that afternoon featuring Baylor vs. Michigan and Louisville vs. Connecticut. WNBA Head of League Operations Bethany Donaphin will reveal the results of the Lottery during ESPN’s coverage from Bristol, Conn. ESPN networks will present the Draft Lottery for the 10th consecutive year.
The Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream, Washington Mystics, and Dallas Wings (from the Los Angeles Sparks) have qualified for the 21st annual WNBA Draft Lottery. The winner will secure the top pick in WNBA Draft 2022 presented by State Farm®, which will be held next April.
Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2020 and 2021). With a cumulative record of 12-42, the Fever will have the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and are guaranteed at least the third pick.
Atlanta, which posted a combined record over two seasons of 15-39, will have 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick. Washington, which registered a two-year record of 21-33, has the third-most chances (178). Dallas has 104 chances after obtaining the 2022 first round selection from Los Angeles (27-27 over the past two regular seasons) in a trade last April.
In the drawing, 14 balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed. Four balls will be drawn to determine a four-digit combination. The team 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 pick. The team with the lowest cumulative two-year record whose numerical combinations do not come up in the first two four-ball combinations will select third and the remaining team will select fourth.
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 solely from 2021.
A representative from the independent accounting firm Ernst & Young will be in attendance to oversee the Draft Lottery process.
Below are the number of chances for teams to land the top pick in WNBA Draft Lottery 2022 presented by State Farm®.
* Dallas acquired Los Angeles’ own 2022 first round pick in exchange for Dallas’ 2021 first round pick and 2022 second round pick in a trade on Apr. 14, 2021
**Pick exchanged as part of three consecutive trades on Feb. 10, 2021 that included Kia Nurse and Megan Walker moving from New York to Phoenix, Natasha Howard from Seattle to New York, and Mikiah Herbert Harrigan from Minnesota to Seattle
*** Indiana acquired Minnesota’s own 2022 first round pick and Minnesota’s own 2022 third round pick plus the player contract of Odyssey Sims and exclusive negotiating rights to Temi Fagbenle from Minnesota on Feb. 15, 2021 in exchange for Indiana’s own 2022 second round pick
About State Farm®
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About the WNBA
Having just completed its 25th season in 2021, the WNBA is a bold, progressive basketball league that stands for the power of women. Featuring 12 teams, the W is a unique sports property that combines competition and entertainment with a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and social responsibility. Through its world-class athletes, the in-game fan experience, TV and digital broadcasts, digital and social content and community outreach programs, the league celebrates and elevates the game of basketball and the culture around it.
In 2020, the WNBA and the Women’s National Basketball Players Association (WNBPA) signed a groundbreaking eight-year CBA that charts a new course for women’s basketball—and women’s sports overall—with a focus on increased player compensation, improvements to the player experience, expanded career development opportunities, and resources specifically tailored to the female professional athlete. Key elements of the agreement are supported through the league’s new platform, WNBA Changemakers, with AT&T, the WNBA’s Marquee Partner and inaugural Changemaker, as well as fellow inaugural Changemakers Deloitte and Nike, and the recent addition of Google in 2021. During the 2020 season, the WNBA and WNBPA launched the WNBA Justice Movement forming the Social Justice Council with the mission of being a driving force of necessary change and continuing conversations about race and voting rights, among other important societal issues.
For more information, visit WNBA.com.
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