The WNBA announced Monday that the 2023 WNBA Lottery Draft will be published next month before a game between the college basketball contenders that includes a likely No. 1 draft pick.
A 30-minute special will air on ESPN2 on November 11 at 5:30 p.m. ET as WNBA Chief Operating Officer Bethany Donavin will reveal the lottery results. The Indiana fever They have the best chances and join them in the lottery Atlanta DreamAnd the Sophia Washington (by trade) and Minnesota Linux.
High Boston, probably the first choice, and its current champion South Carolina Gamecox He will direct a tip against Maryland next at 6 PM ET on ESPN2. The game will also feature a potential lottery selection of Diamond Miller, the archery ranger for the Terrapins.
This is the second game of the Gamecocks season after the season opener on November 7. WNBA and Commissioner Kathy Engelbert focused on attracting college fans to the WNBA fandom and linked the lottery with high-profile college games that drew in large audiences.
2023 WNBA Lottery Odds
The four teams with the worst record in the previous season are entered into the lottery and the odds are based on the cumulative records of the past two seasons (2021 and 22).
The Fever – a franchise still finding its footing after Hall of Famer Tamika Catchings retired in 2016 – is in the best of odds, having gone 11-57 in the past two years. They have a 44.2% chance of being first, the same chances they had in last year’s draw. The franchise didn’t get the first pick, but completed a landmark draft by 2022 by picking four of the top 10 picks and adding seven franchise-related players in the draft.
The Fever chose NaLyssa Smith (No. 2 overall, Baylor), Emily Engstler (No. 4, Louisville), Lexie Hull (No. 6, Stanford) and Queen Egbo (No. 10, Baylor). They also drafted Destiny Henderson from her 2022 national title with South Carolina.
But Indiana couldn’t put it all together and fired coach Marian Stanley after a 2-7 start. They lost their last 18 games under interim coach Carlos Knox on their way to the 5-31 record-breaking eight games of 11th-placed Sparks. Fever was last or second to last in most categories. They have chosen not to bring back Knox and are currently looking for a head coach.
The Dream, traded for Rookie of the Year, Rhyne Howard in first place, has the second best odds at 27.6%. They are 22-46 for the past two years.
Mystics obtained the rights to choose from Los Angeles Sparks In the three-way trade with the dream that sent Shenedy Carter to Los Angeles. They have odds of 17.8% thanks to Sparks’ combined record of 25-43. The last time Washington made the first pick was in 1999 when they drafted the Chamique Holdsclaw.
Lynx has odds of 10.4% (36-32). The last time they picked first was in 2011 when they drafted Maya Moore.
2023 WNBA Draft Fake: Boston High at No. 1
Boston is the highest prospect in the 2023 WNBA After being unanimously chosen as the National Player of the Year By winning the Naismith & Wooden Award, the Associated Press and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The 6-foot-5 center averaged 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 1.2 steals per game as a starter while shooting 54.2 percent overall.
South Carolina once again led to Final Four and He was awarded the best player award. She was also the best defensive player of the year. Boston was a freshman in the 2019-20 season when South Carolina finished first and favorite for its second title before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the NCAA Championship to be cancelled. It still has the additional year of eligibility given to players due to the pandemic.
Miller, a 6-3 guard with an average of 3.1 ppg, is coming off a knee injury. Haley Jones of Stanford, Elizabeth Keatley of Virginia Tech and Ashley Jones of Iowa are lottery picks in some of the dummy drafts.
UConn Outstanding Player Paige Bakers, former National Player of the Year, will miss The whole season with a torn ACL on her left knee. She is eligible to enter the draft because she converts because of 22 in the calendar year of the project, Pursuant to the WNBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement clause. She said after being injured that she intends to return to Connecticut for the 2023-24 season.
Yes Dazzling shooter Caitlin Clark won’t turn 22 next year, but she may qualify if she graduates from a four-year institution within three months of her draft.
2023 WNBA Draft Order
The rest of the draft order is determined in the reverse order of the team’s regular season ending in 2022.
5. Chicago (from Phoenix)
6. New York
7. Indiana (from Dallas)
8. Atlanta (from Washington)
11. Dallas (from Chicago via Indiana)
12. Minnesota (from Las Vegas)