New York Liberty will be number 1 on the 2021 WNBA draft in April 2021.
The Liberty picked up the top pick for the second year in a row after taking over Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu, who missed most of last season due to injury.
The Dallas Wings will take second place, the Atlanta Dream third, and the Indiana Fever fourth in next year’s draft.
The lottery probabilities are based on the cumulative records of the last two regular seasons. With a cumulative record of 12-44, the Liberty had the most chance of landing the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and were guaranteed at least the third pick.
Atlanta (15-41) had 276 out of 1,000 chances of winning the top pick, Dallas (18-38) had 178 and Indiana (19-37) had 104. New York, Dallas, Atlanta, and Indiana are the same four teams who received lottery picks in 2020.
The draft lottery took place halfway through the Jimmy V Women’s Classic game between No. 5 Louisville and No. 20 DePaul.
A year ago, Dallas designed Ionescu’s teammate Satou Sabally in 2nd place. Indiana designed Baylors Lauren Cox in 3rd place, and Atlanta designed Chennedy Carter of Texas A&M in 4th place.
The selection order for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third rounds of the WNBA draft will be determined in the reverse order of the regular season closing of the teams in 2020.