The Las Vegas Aces will have the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft for a third straight year, something that has never happened in the history of the league.
The Aces won the 18th annual WNBA Draft lottery, which took place at half time during the second round semifinal matchup between the Atlanta Dream and Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
In order to qualify for the lottery drawing, teams had to miss this years 2018 WNBA Playoffs. Each team's odds are concluded over the cumulative records of their last two seasons in 2017 and 2018.
2018 Draft Lottery Results
No. 1 — Las Vegas Aces
Entered the lottery with the second highest percentage to secure the top choice at 27.6 percent (276/1,000). They finished the season 14-20 (22-46 in the last two seasons) and nearly missed the playoffs, largely in part of a mid-season forfeit, which arguably worked in their favor in terms of the pick. They earned the top pick in 2017 and 2018 as well selecting Kelsey Plum and A'ja Wilson respectively.
Even Las Vegas Head Coach Bill Laimbeer was chuckling live on ESPN after the Aces received their third consecutive No. 1 pick. Safe to say they played their cards right forfeiting a game, missing the playoffs by a single game & now come out atop the lottery.#WNBADraftLottery
— Robyn Brown (@RobynNBrown_) August 29, 2018
No. 2 — New York Liberty
Luckily for them, the Liberty entered the draft with the lowest percentage to reach a top pick at 10.4 percent (104/1,000), and walked out with second. The Liberty finished the 2018 season with a 13-game losing streak and a franchise low 7-27 this season (29-30 the last two).
“We’re hoping to bring in a player ready right away. College kids are coming in able to step right in and function. There are some solid picks. There’s going to be some second rounders that can make teams too."-Katie Smith on the #WNBA Draft #NYLiberty
— Geoff Magliocchetti (@GeoffMags5490) August 29, 2018
No. 3 — Indiana Fever
In high anticipation to secure the top pick, the Fever face some disappointment after only landing the third. Based on the odds, Indiana held the highest chance to land the No.1 Pick at 44.3 percent (442/1,000). After finishing 6-28 (15-53 the last two), they certainly were hoping for it. The good news? Their last No. 3 pick ended up a WNBA MVP. Here was her immediate reaction…
— Tamika Catchings (@Catchin24) August 29, 2018
No. 4 — Chicago Sky
After a 13-21 record (25-43 the last two), the Sky's odds were at 17.8 percent (178/1,000) and will choose fourth. The Sky earned the third and fourth pick in last years draft adding rookies Gabby Williams and Diamond DeShields. "The fourth pick in a deep draft holds meaning value," said Sky Head Coach Amber Stocks. "This proved true with our 2018 No. 4 pick and we will work hard to add quality talent too our young roster."
The 2019 WNBA Draft will take place in April of 2019. This NCAA season will hold a number of interesting top prospects, but not necessarily a clear No. 1 pick, at least at this time. The 2019 draft will be a deep class that holds a lot of size and skill. Here is the remaining order of the draft selections for the first round.
No. 5 — Dallas Wings (15-19)
No. 6 — Minnesota Lynx (18-16)
No. 7 — Los Angeles Sparks (19-15)
No. 8 — Phoenix Mercury (20-14)
No. 9 — Connecticut Sun (21-13)
No. 10 — Washington Mystics (22-12)
No. 11 — Atlanta Dream (23-11)
No. 12 — Seattle Storm (26-8)