2020 WNBA draft

The 2020 WNBA draft will be the league's draft for the 2020 WNBA season. A draft lottery was held on September 17, 2019 and the New York Liberty were awarded the first overall pick in the draft.[1][2] Due to the coronavirus pandemic the draft will be held virtually without players, guests, and the media on-site. The draft will be televised as planned.[3]

2020 WNBA Draft
General information
SportBasketball
Date(s)April 17, 2020
LocationDigital
Network(s)ESPN2
Overview
LeagueWNBA
Teams12
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Draft lotteryEdit

The lottery selection to determine the order of the top four picks in the 2020 Draft took place during halftime of the Connecticut Sun's semifinal game against the Los Angeles Sparks on September 17, 2019 and was televised on ESPN2. Four non-playoff teams qualified for the lottery drawing: Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings, New York Liberty, and Atlanta Dream.[1]

Lottery chancesEdit

Team Combined 2018–2019 Record Lottery Chances (out of 1000)
New York Liberty – WON 17–51 442
Indiana Fever 19–49 276
Dallas Wings 25–43 178
Atlanta Dream 31–37 104

The lottery odds were based on combined records from the 2018 and 2019 WNBA seasons. In the drawing, 14 balls numbered 1–14 are placed in a lottery machine and mixed. Four balls are drawn to determine a four-digit combination. The team assigned that four-ball combination receives the No. 1 pick. The four balls are then placed back into the machine and the process is repeated to determine the second pick. The two teams whose numerical combinations do not come up in the lottery will select in the inverse order of their two-year cumulative record.[1]

The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third rounds is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2019.[1]

The lottery was won by the New York Liberty, who had the best chance to win the lottery. The Dallas Wings were awarded the second pick, followed by the Indiana Fever and finally the Atlanta Dream.[2]

EligibilityEdit

Under the current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) between the WNBA and its players union, draft eligibility for players not defined as "international" requires the following to be true:[4]

  • The player's 22nd birthday falls during the calendar year of the draft. For this draft, the cutoff birth date is December 31, 1998.
  • She has either:
    • completed her college eligibility;
    • received a bachelor's degree, or is scheduled to receive such in the 3 months following the draft; or
    • is at least 4 years removed from high school graduation.

A player who is scheduled to receive her bachelor's degree within 3 months of the draft date, and is younger than the cutoff age, is only eligible if the calendar year of the draft is no earlier than the fourth after her high school graduation.

Players with remaining college eligibility who meet the cutoff age must notify the WNBA headquarters of their intent to enter the draft no later than 10 days before the draft date, and must renounce any remaining college eligibility to do so. A separate notification timetable is provided for players involved in postseason tournaments (most notably the NCAA Division I tournament); those players must declare for the draft within 24 hours of their final game. This second timetable proved to be moot due to the coronavirus-induced cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

"International players" are defined as those for whom all of the following is true:

  • Born and currently residing outside the U.S.
  • Never "exercised intercollegiate basketball eligibility" in the U.S.

For "international players", the eligibility age is 20, also measured on December 31 of the year of the draft.

Three players with remaining college eligibility, all of whom were juniors in the 2019–20 college season, have so far declared for the draft:

  • Satou Sabally of Oregon announced on February 20 that she would enter the draft upon the end of Oregon's 2019–20 season. Although a German citizen, she falls under the rules for U.S. players not only because of playing at Oregon, but also via her birth in New York City.[5]
  • Megan Walker of UConn declared on March 14, after the cancellation of the NCAA tournament.[6]
  • Chennedy Carter of Texas A&M declared on March 29.[7]

DraftEdit

First roundEdit

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team/Country
1 New York Liberty
2 Dallas Wings
3 Indiana Fever
4 Atlanta Dream
5 Dallas Wings[a]
6 Minnesota Lynx
7 Dallas Wings[b],[c],[a]
8 Chicago Sky
9 Dallas Wings[d]
10 Phoenix Mercury[e],[c]
11 Seattle Storm[b]
12 Washington Mystics

Second roundEdit

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team/Country
13 Atlanta Dream
14 Indiana Fever[f],[g]
15 Dallas Wings[d]
16 Minnesota Lynx[g]
17 Atlanta Dream[h]
18 Phoenix Mercury[i]
19 Seattle Storm
20 Los Angeles Sparks[j]
21 Dallas Wings
22 Los Angeles Sparks
23 Connecticut Sun
24 Washington Mystics

Third roundEdit

Pick Player Nationality WNBA Team School/Club Team/Country
25 Atlanta Dream
26 New York Liberty
27 Atlanta Dream[k]
28 Indiana Fever
29 Phoenix Mercury
30 Chicago Sky[l]
31 Seattle Storm
32 Chicago Sky
33 Las Vegas Aces
34 Los Angeles Sparks
35 Connecticut Sun
36 Washington Mystics

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Mercury traded the fifth and seventh picks in the 2020 draft, along with a future first-round pick, to Dallas for Skylar Diggins-Smith.[8]
  2. ^ a b The Storm traded the eleventh pick to Connecticut for the seventh pick in the Draft. Additionally Seattle received Morgan Tuck[9]
  3. ^ a b The Sun traded the seventh and tenth pick in the Draft, along with a 2021 First Round Pick to Phoenix for DeWanna Bonner[10]
  4. ^ a b The Aces traded this pick, their second round pick, Moriah Jefferson, and Isabelle Harrison to Dallas for Liz Cambage.[11]
  5. ^ The Sparks traded this pick to Connecticut for Chiney Ogwumike.[12]
  6. ^ The Liberty traded this pick to Minnesota for Tanisha Wright.[13]
  7. ^ a b The Lynx traded this pick and their 2021 second round pick to Indiana for Shenise Johnson and the 16th pick.[14]
  8. ^ As part of a three team deal, the Mercury traded this pick to Atlanta.[15]
  9. ^ The Lynx traded this pick to Phoenix for Stephanie Talbot.[16]
  10. ^ The Sky traded this pick to Los Angeles for Jantel Lavender.[17]
  11. ^ The Wings traded this pick to Atlanta for Imani McGee-Stafford.[18]
  12. ^ The Lynx traded this pick to Chicago for Alaina Coates.[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "WNBA Draft Lottery Presented By State Farm To Take Place on Sept. 17 on ESPN2". wnba.com. September 12, 2019. Retrieved September 12, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "New York Liberty Win Top Pick In WNBA Draft 2020 Presented By State Farm®". wnba.com. WNBA. September 17, 2019. Retrieved September 17, 2019.
  3. ^ "WNBA Draft 2020 Presented By State Farm To Be Held As Scheduled On April 17". wnba.com. WNBA. March 26, 2020. Retrieved March 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "Article XIII, Section 1: Player Eligibility" (PDF). 2020 Women's National Basketball Association Collective Bargaining Agreement. Women's National Basketball Players Association. pp. 110–11. Retrieved February 28, 2020.
  5. ^ Rowe, Holly (February 20, 2020). "Oregon junior Satou Sabally to enter WNBA draft after season". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  6. ^ "UConn's Walker to forgo senior year, enter WNBA draft". Yahoo Sports. Associated Press. March 14, 2020. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
  7. ^ Voepel, Mechelle (March 29, 2020). "Texas A&M star Chennedy Carter declares for WNBA draft". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 29, 2020.
  8. ^ "Four-time WNBA All-Star Acquired by Phoenix in Sign and Trade Deal". wnba.com. WNBA. February 12, 2020. Retrieved February 12, 2020.
  9. ^ "Seattle Completes Trade With Connecticut, Acquires Morgan Tuck". wnba.com. WNBA. February 10, 2020. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Metcalfe, Jeff (February 11, 2020). "Phoenix Mercury All-Star DeWanna Bonner traded to Connecticut Sun". azcentral.com. Arizona Republic. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  11. ^ "Wings trade MVP runner-up Cambage to Aces". espn.com. ESPN. May 16, 2019. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Sparks Acquire 2014 No. 1 Overall Pick Chiney Ogwumike". wnba.com. WNBA. April 27, 2019. Retrieved April 27, 2019.
  13. ^ "Liberty Acquires Guard Tanisha Wright in Exchange for 2020 Second Round Pick". liberty.wnba.com. WNBA. April 11, 2019. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  14. ^ "Fever Acquire Draft Picks in Trade with Minnesota". fever.wnba.com. WNBA. March 6, 2020. Retrieved March 10, 2020.
  15. ^ Weinfuss, Josh (February 19, 2020). "Mercury acquire Jessica Breland in 3-team deal with Dream, Sun". espn.com. ESPN. Retrieved February 19, 2020.
  16. ^ "Mercury Acquire 2020 Second-Round Pick From Minnesota". wnba.com. WNBA. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  17. ^ "Los Angeles Sparks Trade Jantel Lavender To Chicago Sky". wnba.com. WNBA. May 20, 2019. Retrieved May 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Dream trade center Imani McGee-Stafford to Dallas". Atlanta Journal Constitution. May 16, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  19. ^ "Sky Acquire 2020 Third-Round Pick From Minnesota Lynx". wnba.com. WNBA. May 21, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.