The 2013 WNBA draft is one of the most anticipated in the history of the league, and the hype over the top three superstars—dubbed the "Three to See"—has the excitement surrounding the annual event through the roof.
Add in the fact that this is the first time that the WNBA draft will be nationally televised (ESPN2), and there is no question that this will be the most important draft in the history of women’s sports.
As women’s basketball fans prepare for the draft and where the "Three to See" will land—it’s clear that Brittney Griner is going No. 1, but both Elena Delle Donne and Skylar Diggins could go No. 2—it’s time to preview all of Monday’s WNBA action.
Where: ESPN Studios, Bristol, Conn.
When: Monday, April 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Watch: Round 1 on ESPN2, Rounds 2 and 3 on ESPNU
Live Stream: WatchESPN (West Coast only)
WNBA Draft First-Round Order
|5||New York Liberty|
|7||New York Liberty|
|8||San Antonio Silver Stars|
|10||Los Angeles Sparks|
Order and information via ESPN.com.
The unquestioned No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft is Baylor’s Brittney Griner, and the Phoenix Mercury will get the game-changer the team desperately needs in the low post.
After going 7-27 in 2012, the Mercury will be beyond excited by the addition of Griner. In her college career, the Lady Bears' star was Big 12 Player of the Year three straight seasons and averaged 23 points or more in each of those years as well.
Add in the fact that the 6’8” center has the physical dominance to be a star at the next level with her scoring and rebounding (she averaged over nine rebounds per game over the last two seasons), and Griner is the best player in this draft.
Elena Delle Donne
Arguably the most versatile player in the WNBA draft, Delaware Blue Hens guard/forward Elena Delle Donne has the ability to defend with the best in the sport and attack the basket from anywhere she finds a suitable matchup.
At 6’6”, there is no question that Delle Donne has the physical size and talent to play at the WNBA level.
Delle Donne led the nation in her junior season with 28.1 points per game, and either the Chicago Sky at No. 2 or the Tulsa Shock at No. 3 will land one of the best all-around athletes in this 2013 draft Monday night.
The other player in contention to be taken No. 2 overall in Monday’s WNBA draft will be Notre Dame’s versatile guard Skylar Diggins.
Not only can Diggins play the point and command an entire offense, the fact that she amassed 16.8 points, 5.7 assists, and 2.6 steals per game in her senior season is incredibly impressive and will translate well to the WNBA.
Add in the fact that Diggins became the 2013 Big East Player of the Year and was voted to the Associated Press All-American First Team (second-consecutive award for both), proves the former Notre Dame star deserves the accolades.