2007 WNBA draft
|2007 WNBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 4, 2007|
|Network(s) (US)||ESPN2, NBATV, ESPNU|
|First selection||Lindsey Harding|
The first phase, held January 8, 2007 via conference call, was a dispersal draft from the roster of the Charlotte Sting, which folded on January 3. This was the first dispersal draft since before the 2004 season, after the Cleveland Rockers folded. The teams selected in inverse order of their 2006 won-loss record, without regard to the results of the WNBA draft lottery. All Sting players were available except for unrestricted free agents Allison Feaster and Tammy Sutton-Brown.
The main draft was held on April 4, 2007, inside the Renaissance Hotel on Cleveland's Public Square, the day after the 2007 NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Tournament ended.
The previous year's draft was held in Boston the night before the championship game of the 2006 NCAA women's basketball tournament, which was also in Boston. This marked the first WNBA draft ever held outside of New Jersey.
A lottery was held on October 26, 2006 among the teams with the worst records in the previous season to determine the order of the top six picks in the first round of the draft. As in the NBA Draft, the teams' chances were weighted so that the team with the worst record, in this case the Chicago Sky, had the best chance of receiving the top pick. The lottery was used to determine only the top two picks, with picks 3 through 6 going to the other lottery teams in inverse order of record. The Phoenix Mercury, despite having the best record of the six teams involved and thus the worst mathematical chance of winning, drew the top pick. It was the first time since the institution of the lottery for the 2002 Draft that the top pick was earned by the team with the worst mathematical chance of winning. Also for the first time, the team with the second-worst odds of earning the top pick, in this case the San Antonio Silver Stars, received the second pick. The remaining first-round picks, plus all picks in the second and third rounds, are allocated in inverse order of regular-season record, without regard to playoff results (as in the NBA Draft).
|Pick||Player||Nationality||New Team||Former Team|
|1||Monique Currie||United States||Chicago Sky||Charlotte Sting|
|2||Tangela Smith||United States||Minnesota Lynx||Charlotte Sting|
|3||Janel McCarville||United States||New York Liberty||Charlotte Sting|
|4||Helen Darling||United States||San Antonio Silver Stars||Charlotte Sting|
|5||Kelly Mazzante||United States||Phoenix Mercury||Charlotte Sting|
|6||Teana Miller||United States||Washington Mystics||Charlotte Sting|
|7||Tye'sha Fluker||United States||Seattle Storm||Charlotte Sting|
|8||Yelena Leuchanka||Belarus||Houston Comets||Charlotte Sting|
|9||Sheri Sam||United States||Indiana Fever||Charlotte Sting|
|10||LaToya Bond||United States||Sacramento Monarchs||Charlotte Sting|
|11||Passed||Detroit Shock||Charlotte Sting|
|12||Ayana Walker||United States||Los Angeles Sparks||Charlotte Sting|
|13||Passed||Connecticut Sun||Charlotte Sting|
|Note: Two former Sting players, Tasha Butts and Summer Erb, were not selected in this draft.|
|Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game|
|Pick||Player||Nationality||WNBA Team||School/Club Team|
|1||Lindsey Harding||United States||Phoenix Mercury (traded to Minn.)||Duke|
|2||Jessica Davenport||United States||San Antonio Silver Stars (traded to N.Y.)||Ohio State|
|3||Armintie Price||United States||Chicago Sky||Ole Miss|
|4||Noelle Quinn||United States||Minnesota Lynx||UCLA|
|5||Tiffany Jackson||United States||New York Liberty||Texas|
|6||Bernice Mosby||United States||Washington Mystics||Baylor|
|7||Katie Gearlds||United States||Seattle Storm||Purdue|
|8||Ashley Shields||United States||Houston Comets||Southwest Tennessee CC|
|9||Alison Bales||United States||Indiana Fever||Duke|
|10||Carla Thomas||United States||Chicago Sky (from Sac.)||Vanderbilt|
|11||Ivory Latta||United States||Detroit Shock||North Carolina|
|12||Kamesha Hairston||United States||Connecticut Sun (from L.A.)||Temple|
|13||Sandrine Gruda||France||Connecticut Sun||Valenciennes (France)|
|Pick||Player||Nationality||WNBA Team||School/Club Team|
|14||Dee Davis||United States||Houston Comets (from Chicago)||Vanderbilt|
|15||Shay Murphy||United States||Minnesota Lynx||USC|
|16||Shay Doron||Israel||New York Liberty||Maryland|
|17||Camille Little||United States||San Antonio Silver Stars||North Carolina|
|18||Tyresa Smith||United States||Phoenix Mercury||Delaware|
|19||Megan Vogel||United States||Washington Mystics||South Dakota State|
|20||Stephanie Raymond||United States||Chicago Sky (from Sea.)||Northern Illinois|
|21||Jessica Dickson||United States||Chicago Sky (from Hou.)||South Florida|
|22||Lyndsey Medders||United States||Indiana Fever||Iowa State|
|23||Brooke Smith||United States||Sacramento Monarchs||Stanford|
|24||Kathrin Ress||Italy||Minnesota Lynx (from Det.)||Boston College|
|25||Sidney Spencer||United States||Los Angeles Sparks||Tennessee|
|26||Cori Chambers||United States||Connecticut Sun||Georgia|
- "Chicago Sky Selects Monique Currie in Dispersal Draft". WNBA. 2007-01-08. Archived from the original on 27 January 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2007.
- "Charlotte Sting Dispersal Draft To Be Held on January 8". WNBA. 2007-01-04. Archived from the original on 10 January 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2007.
- "2007 WNBA Draft to Cap Weeklong Celebration of Women's Basketball in Cleveland". WNBA. 2007-02-07. Archived from the original on 14 March 2007. Retrieved 9 March 2007.
- "Phoenix Mercury Win Top Pick in 2007 WNBA Draft". WNBA. 2006-10-26. Archived from the original on 28 January 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2007.