Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Draft Lottery: Dream get first pick

The Atlanta Dream won the eighth annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft, the league announced today.

The Dream had a 42 percent chance to receive the first overall selection, and the lottery went exactly according to odds for the first time in WNBA history. The Washington Mystics, who just picked up Matee Ajavon in the Houston dispersal draft on Monday, will have the second pick in the draft followed by the Chicago Sky.

Atlanta and Washington also have two other first-round picks. Atlanta, which selected Camille Little first in the dispersal draft, owns the 13th pick from San Antonio thanks to the Ann Wauters-Camille Little trade, while thanks to the Trade of the Hyphenated Names (Taj McWilliams-Franklin for DeLisha Milton-Jones), Washington also has the ninth pick via the Los Angeles Sparks. It gives Atlanta even more choices to start building a franchise while Washington now has a great chance to retool its team around youth after a disappointing 2008 campaign.

Here's the full draft order, with the first five determined by the lottery:
(1) Atlanta
(2) Washington
(3) Chicago
(4) Minnesota
(5) Phoenix
(6) Indiana
(7) Sacramento
(8) New York
(9) Washington (from L.A.)
(10) Connecticut
(11) Detroit
(12) Seattle
(13) Atlanta (from San Antonio)

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