Indiana Fever win WNBA draft lottery for 1st time, Minnesota to pick 2nd


The Indiana Fever earned the primary pick within the WNBA draft for the primary time in franchise historical past on Friday.

The Fever had a 44 per cent probability to get the No. 1 pick after having the worst mixed report the previous two seasons. The Minnesota Lynx will pick second with the Atlanta Dream having the third pick and the Washington Mystics the fourth. The Lynx had the bottom probability to get the No. 1 pick, however moved up two spots within the draft lottery.

“This is a really sturdy draft. We will get a terrific participant selecting at No. 1,” Interim General Manager Lin Dunn mentioned.

South Carolina’s star Aliyah Boston is predicted to be the highest pick within the draft. With seniors nonetheless having the choice of coming again for a fifth season due to the coronavirus pandemic, there isn’t any assure they are going to make themselves eligible for April’s draft.

It’s been a busy low season for the Fever, who had the the No. 2 pick final season and selected NaLyssa Smith. Indiana, which hasn’t made the postseason since Tamika Catchings retired in 2016, employed Christie Sides as its new coach final week.

“The expertise that’s right here, this younger expertise, and so they’re going to continue to grow,” Sides mentioned at an introductory press convention hours earlier than the lottery. “They’re going to have some construction. We’re going to coach their butts off and simply to see the potential with the group of individuals which can be right here, but additionally what’s being constructed round right here, is superb. That’s simply going to draw so many individuals which can be going to need to come to Indiana.”

The remainder of the primary spherical might be Chicago, New York, Indiana, Atlanta, Seattle Connecticut, Dallas and Minnesota.

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