— 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery Presented by State Farm To Take Place On ESPN2 On Nov. 13
— Indiana, Las Vegas, and Chicago Will Vie for No. 1 Overall Draft Pick
Pokey Chatman on the value of a top draft pick
NEW YORK — This has been announced by the WNBA. The Indiana Fever will participate in the 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm on Monday, Nov. 13, with hopes of securing the No. 1 draft pick in next April’s WNBA draft. The last time the Fever owned a top four pick in the WNBA draft was in 2005 when Tan White was chosen with the No. 2 overall selection. Indiana has never owned the top pick.
The 2018 WNBA Draft Lottery will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 13, in Secaucus, N.J. The results of the lottery will be announced on ESPN2 during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter prior to the network’s telecast of the NCAA women’s basketball game between South Carolina and Maryland at 7 p.m. ET. The Lottery winner will secure the top pick in the WNBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm, to be held next April.
By missing the 2017 WNBA Playoffs, Las Vegas (formerly the San Antonio Stars), the Indiana Fever, Atlanta Dream and Chicago Sky have qualified for the 17th annual Lottery drawing. Atlanta’s spot in the lottery, however, belongs to Chicago, as the result of a July 31 trade in which the Sky sent Imani Boyette and Tamera Young to the Dream in exchange for Jordan Hooper and Atlanta’s first-round pick in 2018.
Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2016 and 2017). Because the Stars had a cumulative record of 15-53, Las Vegas will have the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and is guaranteed at least the third pick.
Indiana posted a combined record of 26-42 and will have 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick. Atlanta, which registered a two-year record of 29-39, has the third-most chances (178) to land the top pick; those 178 chances now belong to Chicago. The Sky also has 104 chances by virtue of its 30-38 record over the past two regular seasons, giving Chicago a total of 282 chances out of 1,000.
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 two teams whose numerical combinations do not come up in the Lottery will select in the inverse order of their two-year cumulative record.
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 2017.
A representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will be in attendance to oversee the lottery process.
This marks the sixth straight year that ESPN networks will televise the lottery.