Storm wins top pick for 2016 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm

BRISTOL, Conn. – The Seattle Storm won the 15th annual WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm® and earned the top pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, the WNBA announced today.  The Lottery was conducted in a televised event at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol during halftime of Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Phoenix Mercury and the Minnesota Lynx on ESPN2.

For Seattle, which had entered the WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm with the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000), this marks the second consecutive year the Storm has emerged as the winner.  Last year, Seattle won the top pick and used it to select Notre Dame guard Jewell Loyd, who earlier today was named the 2015 WNBA Rookie of the Year presented by Samsung.  Seattle also won the inaugural Lottery, in advance of the 2002 Draft, and with that pick selected University of Connecticut guard Sue Bird, whose WNBA career includes nine All-Star selections and two WNBA Championships.

San Antonio, which had the next most chances (276), will have the second selection and will be followed by Connecticut, which had the third most opportunities (178).  Atlanta, which had the fewest chances (104), will select fourth.

This marks just the third time that the Lottery, instituted prior to the 2002 Draft, has gone according to the odds.  It also happened in advance of the 2009 Draft, with Atlanta landing the top spot, and last year when Seattle acquired the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 Draft.

Under the new format announced on Aug. 5, the drawing was held among the four teams that did not make the playoffs (the “Lottery teams”) during the current season.  However, instead of assigning each Lottery team odds based solely on its record this season, the odds were based on the cumulative records of the Lottery teams over the two most recent regular seasons (2014 and 2015).

The new format also guaranteed that the Lottery team with the worst two-year cumulative record would end up with at least the third pick, and the two Lottery teams whose numbers did not come up in the lottery would then select in the inverse order of their two-year cumulative record.  Under the previous format, the Lottery team with the worst single-season record was guaranteed to pick no worse than fourth.

A representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young was in attendance to oversee the lottery process.

The following are results of the 2016 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm:


Order        Team                             Combined                        Chances

                                                2014-2015 Record                 (out of 1,000)

  1.          Seattle                               22-46                                 442
  2.          San Antonio                      24-44                                 276
  3.          Connecticut                       28-40                                 178
  4.          Atlanta                               34-34                                 104


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 2015.

Following is the remaining order of the first round, as determined by 2015 regular-season records:


Team                                                 Record    

  1. Los Angeles                               14-20
  2. Tulsa                                          18-16
  3. Washington                                18-16
  4. Phoenix                                      20-14
  5. Indiana                                       20-14
  6. Chicago                                      21-13
  7. Atlanta from Minnesota             22-12 (Trade of Fowles, DeSouza, Dantas, Gray, 7/26/15)
  8. New York                                   23-11

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