Los Angeles Sparks win No.1 pick in 2012 Draft lottery
The WNBA held its lottery to determine the top four picks in the 2012 WNBA Draft today in New York. Â Los Angeles won the first pick among the top four contenders followed by the Chicago Sky, the Minnesota Lynx and the Tulsa Shock.
Tulsa ended the season at 3-31, the worst record in the league. Los Angeles had a final record ofÂ 15-19 and the Sky wasÂ 14-20.
Minnesota, the reigning WNBA champions, had a 27.6 percent chance of landing the top pick because it obtained the first round pick of Washington (6-28) after trading forward/center Nicky Anosike to the Mystics two days prior to the 2011 Draft. The Lynx won the lottery last year and selected Maya Moore, the 2011 No. 1 overall pick in the draft.
WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young conducted the lottery.Â The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third round is determined by inverse order of regular-season records from 2011.
Chances of winning the first pick:
|LOTTERY TEAMS FOR 2012 WNBA DRAFT|
|Team||Record||Chances (out of 1,000)|
|2.||Minnesota from Washington (Anosike â€“ 4/8/11)||6-28||276|
Remaining Order of the First Round
|8.||Washington from Atlanta (L. Harding/T Phillips, K. Miller â€“ 4/11/11)||20-14|
|10.||Washington from Seattle (K. Smith, J. Monroe/J. Thomas â€“ 4/29/11)||21-13|