WNBA Draft 2013: Date, Start Time, TV Schedule and More

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WNBA Draft 2013: Date, Start Time, TV Schedule and More
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Three bona fide female superstars will take their first step toward a pro career when the 2013 WNBA Draft takes place on Monday night.

Brittney Griner, Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins will be chosen with the first three selections in some order, becoming the face of the franchise on Day 1.

The Phoenix Mercury, Chicago Sky and Tulsa Shock were fortunate enough to gain selections for the “Three to See” and will see their attendance and win totals trend upward.

Not only will the draft welcome three new stars, but it will also be broadcasted on national television for the first time in WNBA history.

Looking for a viewer's guide for draft day? Scroll down below for more.

 

Where: ESPN, Bristol, Conn.

When: Monday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. ET

Watch: Round 1 on ESPN2, Rounds 2 and 3 on ESPNU

Live Stream: WatchESPN (West Coast only)

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Skylar Diggins will get picked in the Top 3.

 

Draft Order

2013 WNBA DRAFT - ROUND 1

1

Phoenix Mercury (7-27)


2

Chicago Sky (14-20)


3

Tulsa Shock (9-25)


4

Washington Mystics (5-29)


5

New York Liberty (15-19)


6

Seattle Storm (16-18)


7

New York Liberty (15-19)


8

San Antonio Silver Stars (21-13)


9

Indiana Fever (22-12)


10

Los Angeles Sparks (24-10)


11

Connecticut Sun (25-9)


12

Minnesota Lynx (27-7)


 

Top Storylines


Pick Your Poison, Chicago: Elena Delle Donne or Skylar Diggins?

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The Sky have a quandary on its hands, as they must choose between the nearby hometown hero or the more dynamic prospect in this draft.

Diggins, from South Bend, Ind. and a 90-minute drive to Chicago, captivated women’s college basketball fans everywhere with her inspiring senior campaign, en route to Notre Dame's third straight Final Four.

With a chance to live close to home, this could be a boon for the Chicago franchise. With Diggins in tow, they’ll be a much better attendance draw and will likely lock up its Midwest born-and-bred star for her entire career.

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And then there’s Delle Donne, who emerged out of lesser-known Delaware but is poised to be one of the WNBA’s toughest covers as a 6'5" rookie.

A supremely gifted scorer, Delle Donne led the nation in points per game in her junior year and was No. 2 in her senior season. She presents an inside and outside threat on the professional level, while Diggins may have some inside scoring issues standing at only 5'9".

Chicago won’t lose out regardless of its selection, but their pick between Delle Donne and Diggins will be judged for years to come.

 

Who Will the Mystics Draft at No. 4?

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The biggest storyline on draft boards, though, is what the Washington Mystics will do with the fourth selection.

Last year’s worst team (with a 5-29 record) won’t get its hands on a sure thing but can still come away with a promising talent at No. 4.

Candidates for Washington’s fourth selection include Texas A&M’s Kelsey Bone, Maryland’s Tianna Hawkins and Ohio State’s Tayler Hill, among others.

 

Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report. Follow his basketball coverage on Twitter.

 

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