Liberty will pick No. 1 for the second consecutive year in the draft WNBA, the league announced Friday night. This time, the first-time leading candidate is not nearly as obvious as the last time Liberty chose Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu.
“We don’t know who will be at the top,” Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said of the draft. “Which players will get up from their game? For us, it is widespread. “
Dallas would finish second, Atlanta third and Indiana fourth. The WNBA determines the probability of winning the lottery based on a cumulative two-year record of four participants. Liberty, who struggled last season after losing an ankle injury to Ionescu, had an overall record of 12–44 and the best chance of winning the lottery was 44.2 percent. Atlanta (15–41) was second with 27 percent, Dallas (18–38) was third with 17 percent and Indiana (19–37) was fourth with 4 percent.
There are many talented seniors in college sports, including Dana Evans of Louisville, Michael Onenvere of UCLA, Ari McDonald of Arizona, and Renia Davis of Tennessee, but the impact of the coronovirus epidemic on college sports can complicate decisions. Due to the uncertainty of winter sports seasons, the NCAA has provided an additional year of eligibility to all basketball players, meaning that many elite prospects can wait to enter the draft.
“NCAA rules will allow people a lot more flexibility in their decisions,” Indiana Fever coach Marianne Stanley said. “I think at some point, the players have to make a decision. This slightly expands the pool. There are a lot of areas between now and the draft. “
Kolb said Liberty would look for a certain type of player.
“We want really good people who are really good at basketball,” he said. “I think this class has exactly that. This is only what we are doing. I think you see a lot of versatility in this class, and I think we play basketball. A large part of it is situationless. Walt Hopkins has a system, and he believes in that system, and I think the players that are available to us are going to fit like a tee. “
The Dallas franchise has been in the lottery draft 10 times so far and has never received it for the first time. The Wings will have a new coach next spring, replacing Brad Agler, who was fired in October.
Dallas will have three of the first seven options; Wings finished fifth pick and seventh due to trades made over the years.
Wings president Greg Bibb said the team could trade a select few things.
Phoenix has a sixth pick. Chicago, Minnesota, Los Angeles, Seattle and Las Vegas crashed out of the first round.