The Connecticut Sun won the 13th annual WNBA Draft Lottery and earned the top pick in the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the league announced today. The lottery was conducted in a televised event live on ESPN during SportsCenter.
The Sun had 442 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection, the most of any of the four teams in the lottery mix. It marks the first time Connecticut has won the WNBA Draft Lottery. Entering 2010, Connecticut held the No. 2 overall pick but sent that pick and Lindsay Whalen to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for the No. 1 overall selection and Renee Montgomery. The Sun used the pick to take University of Connecticut center Tina Charles, who went on to earn WNBA Rookie of the Year honors.
Tulsa, which along with the New York Liberty, shared the second largest chance of winning the lottery (22.7 percent each), will have the second pick in the 2014 Draft presented by State Farm, and will be followed by the San Antonio Silver Stars, which had the smallest chance (10.4 percent). The Liberty will have the fourth pick.
WNBA officials and a representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young conducted the lottery in Secaucus, N.J., to establish the order of selection for the first four picks of the 2014 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm. 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 in 2013.
The following are results of the 2014 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm:
2014 WNBA DRAFT LOTTERY ORDER
Order Team Record Chances (out of 1,000)
1. Connecticut 10-24 442
2. Tulsa 11-23 227
3. San Antonio 12-22 104
4. New York 11-23 227