Thursday, December 4, 2008

Some draft particulars

So, here's the breakdown of Monday's dispersal draft (1 p.m., via conference call). In addition to the eight players mentioned previously as available from Houston's roster, teams can also select from those who are injured, suspended or draft list/reserved. The full list, which now balloons to 11, includes: Matee Ajavon, Lucienne Berthieu, Renae Camino, Tamecka Dixon, Roneeka Hodges, Sequoia Holmes, Shannon Johnson, Sancho Lyttle, Polina Tzekova, Erica White and Mistie Williams.

Mike Thibault was under the impression on Tuesday that there weren't enough players available for the Sun to even draft at the 10th pick. Now that there are, I still wouldn't be surprised if the Sun decline to use it, as they did in 2007 with the 13th pick in Charlotte's Dispersal Draft. (In the 2004 Dispersal Draft of the Cleveland Rockers, Connecticut traded that pick away for a second-round pick in the collegiate draft. Its trading partner: Houston.)

Then again, the Sun may also trade up, but that's still unclear at the moment.

The WNBA is also holding its draft lottery next week, scheduled for 3 p.m. on Tuesday. Teams eligible for the lottery include: Atlanta (4-30 last season), which owns a 42 percent chance of winning; Washington (10-24), which has a 26.1 percent chance; Chicago (12-22), 16.7 percent; Minnesota (16-18), 7.6 percent; and Phoenix (16-18), also 7.6 percent.

The remaining order of the first round is as such:
(6) Indiana
(7) Sacramento
(8) New York
(9) Los Angeles
(10) Connecticut
(11) Detroit
(12) Seattle
(13) San Antonio

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