The WNBA Lottery pretty much played out as expected on Thursday night, as the Seattle Storm and the Tulsa Shock, tied with the worst record in the league (12-22), finished with the No. 1 and 2 picks, respectively. The Connecticut Sun, who finished one game better (13-21) thanks to topping the Eastern Conference champion Atlanta Dream on the last day of the regular season, earned the No. 3 position, then gained No. 4 as well with the New York Liberty’s pick. The Sun received New York’s first-round pick as part of the deal that sent Tina Charles to the Liberty on draft day this past season.
This will be the second straight year that the Sun have participated in the WNBA Draft Lottery—and the third time in franchise history. The Sun won the 2014 WNBA Draft Lottery and used the No. 1 overall pick to select Chiney Ogwumike. The other time Connecticut participated in the WNBA Draft Lottery was 2010, when it earned the third overall pick behind the Minnesota Lynx and Sacramento Monarchs. When Sacramento folded, the Sun moved up to No. 2, then traded Lindsay Whalen and that second pick to Minnesota for the overall No. 1 pick and Renee Montgomery. The Sun used that pick to select Tina Charles.
The WNBA Draft will be conducted in April 2015.