Release from the Atlanta Dream:
The Atlanta Dream hold the No. 7 overall selection in the 2017 WNBA Draft after first round selections were finalized following the completion of the 2017 WNBA Draft Lottery on Wednesday night.
The San Antonio Stars, which entered with the highest chance to win the No. 1 overall selection, won the 16th annual WNBA Draft Lottery and now hold the top pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft. The Lottery was televised on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals series between the Phoenix Mercury and the Minnesota Lynx on Sept. 28.
Washington, which had the fourth-most chances of landing the No. 1 pick (104 out of 1,000), will have the second pick. The Dallas Wings and Los Angeles Sparks, each of whom had 227 chances to earn the top selection, will draft third and fourth, respectively.
By missing the playoffs, Connecticut, Dallas, San Antonio and Washington qualified for the lottery drawing. Connecticut’s spot in the lottery, however, belonged to Los Angeles, the result of a draft-day trade last April.
Lottery odds were based on the cumulative records of the Stars, Sun, Wings and Mystics over the two most recent regular seasons (2015 and 2016).
The date and location of the 2017 WNBA Draft will be announced at a later time.
The order of selection for the remainder of the first round, as well as the second and third round, is in inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2016.
Following is the current order of the first round, as determined by 2016 regular-season records and lottery results:
- San Antonio
- Los Angeles (via Connecticut)
- Dallas from New York
- Dallas from Los Angeles