The Minnesota Lynx have the right lucky charms when it comes to the WNBA Draft Lottery. For the second consecutive year, the Lynx hit the lottery jackpot on Tuesday at the league’s meetings in New York. By virtue of holding two of the four picks in the lottery – their own and the Connecticut Sun’s – Minnesota had nearly as good a chance of winning the lotto as the Tulsa Shock, which finished with the league’s worst record. Ultimately, it was the Lynx’s combination (not the Sun’s) that came up when the No. 1 overall pick was drawn.
Minnesota traded last year’s top pick to Connecticut, but figures to hang on to this year’s selection to pair with 2006 No. 1 pick Seimone Augustus and the rest of a talented core that is still working to translate that promise into results on the floor. The overwhelming expectation is that University of Connecticut forward Maya Moore will be the top pick next April after winning the Wade Trophy each of the last two years and other national player of the year honors (including the Naismith Trophy and the Wooden Award) as a sophomore.
The Lynx will also pick fourth overall with the selection acquired from the Sun. The Shock landed the No. 2 pick, while the Chicago Sky will pick third. By virtue of the WNBA’s best regular-season record, the Storm holds the 12th and final pick in the first round.
Beyond Moore, other top prospects include Australian center Elizabeth Cambage and Xavier teammates Amber Harris and Ta’Shia Phillips.