The Minnesota Lynx were the big winners today as the WNBA held its 2010 Draft Lottery. Because of a three-way trade that netted Minnesota New York’s first-round pick, the Lynx entered the day with the best odds of landing the No. 1 overall pick, despite the fact that Sacramento had a worse record last season. Indeed, it was the Liberty’s combination that came up for the top overall pick. Minnesota will also pick fourth, adding two top prospects to a core of young talent that includes 2009 All-Stars Nicky Anosike and Charde Houston, 2006 No. 1 overall pick Seimone Augustus and last year’s first-round pick, Renee Montgomery.
The consensus top two seniors who will be available to the Lynx next April are both posts – Stanford’s Jayne Appel and Tina Charles from Connecticut. The Monarchs, who earned the second pick, will likely select the other top player, though Minnesota Executive Vice President Roger Griffith was unwilling to rule out another candidate for the top spot emerging.
“Those are the two big names,” he told reporters in a conference call, “but there’s a long college season ahead and other names will arise. We aren’t going to look at two people, we will look at a lot of people for that spot.”
Connecticut rounded out the selections assigned by the lottery, claiming the No. 3 pick. Minnesota will select fourth and Chicago fifth.
The Storm holds the 11th overall pick and will also pick 24th in the second round and 37th in the third round.