Being in the lottery is usually a bad thing, but a few WNBA teams are about to strike it rich in 2013.
Imagine an NBA draft that consisted of Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. I think pretty much every general manager in the league would be on board with tanking to have a legitimate shot at a top-three pick.
So, while teams such as the Chicago Sky, Washington Mystics, Phoenix Mercury and Tulsa Shock—the four teams involved in the lottery—are likely full of discouragement following such a terrible 2012 season, things are about to get a lot better, and fast.
That's because the 2013 WNBA draft will feature Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins, all players capable of turning around a franchise in their rookie seasons.
And if you think a turnaround that fast isn't possible, take a look at the Minnesota Lynx. In 2010, they had the second-worst record in the league at 13-21. No worry, though, because they drafted Maya Moore with the first overall pick and proceeded to have the best record in the league in 2011 before winning the championship.
The 2013 draft has three Maya Moore's.
Let's take a look at the lucky winners of the lottery.
Complete Draft Order
WNBA's official Twitter feed gives us the results of the lottery.
|5||New York Liberty|
|8||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|10||Los Angeles Sparks|
Brittney Griner Headed for Sunny Weather
It's a good thing the most coveted women's basketball player in the world spent her college days in Waco, because she's headed to the warm climate of Phoenix, where there's likely a party going on right now.
The Mercury figured to get the second pick in this draft behind the Washington Mystics, but the odds were forever in their favor, and now instead of making the tough choice between Delle Donne and Diggins, they get the easy choice of taking Griner.
The 6'8" superstar will be a weapon unlike anything Phoenix has to offer. Mercury's current center Krystal Thomas is 6'5", 195. Their best shot-blocker DeWanna Bonner, a 6'4" guard, swatted 28 shots this season.
Griner, the soon-to-be most unique weapon in the WNBA, might just reach that total in her first ever game.
The Mercury may have only won seven games this year, but once Griner gets into town, they will instantly be title contenders.