• October 19, 2021

The 2021 WNBA Draft Lottery set for Friday, Dec. 4

The 2021 WNBA Draft Lottery is set for Friday, Dec. 4 the league announced today. New York, Atlanta, Dallas, and Indiana will compete for No. 1 overall draft pick.

ESPN will televise the event during its broadcast of the DePaul vs. Louisville game which tips off at 6:30 p.m. ET.  WNBA Head of League Operations Bethany Donaphin will announce the results.

From the league:

Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2019 and 2020).  With a cumulative record of 12-44, the Liberty will have the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and are guaranteed at least the third pick.  New York won the Lottery in advance of the 2020 WNBA Draft and used the top pick to select Sabrina Ionescu in April 2020.

Atlanta, which posted a combined record of 15-41, will have 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick.  Dallas, which registered a two-year record of 18-38, has the third-most chances (178).  Indiana has 104 chances by virtue of its 19-37 record over the past two regular seasons.

In the drawing, 14 balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed.  Four balls will be drawn to determine a four-digit combination.  The team assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick. The four balls will then be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated to determine the second pick.  The team with the lowest cumulative two-year record whose numerical combinations do not come up in the first two four-ball combinations will select third and the remaining team would select fourth.

The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third rounds is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2020.

A representative from the accounting firm Ernst & Young will be in attendance to oversee the Lottery process.

Below are the number of chances for teams to land the top pick:

 

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