The odds were ever in the Connecticut Sun's favor.
A year after losing to the Indiana Fever in the 2012 Eastern Conference Finals, Anne Donovan's team struggled to an WNBA-worst 10-24 record in 2013. There was a silver lining, though, as the Sun entered Tuesday's draft lottery with a 44.2 percent chance at nabbing the No. 1 overall pick.
Those favorable odds paid off, as the WNBA's official Twitter feed revealed:
The only upset of the lottery came when the San Antonio Stars, the team with the fourth-best chance at the top pick, grabbed the No. 3 pick, dropping the New York Liberty to No. 4.
Here's a look at the entire draft order, post lottery:
|WNBA 2014 Draft Order|
|3||San Antonio Silver Stars||12-22|
|4||New York Liberty||11-23|
|11||Los Angeles Sparks||24-10|
There's no sure-fire No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft such as Brittney Griner to make the Sun's job easy, but it's widely assumed that Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike, the sister of 2012 No. 1 pick Nneka Ogwumike, will hear her name called first.
Leading the No. 6 Cardinal to a 7-1 record, the senior is well on her way to a second straight consensus All-American season, averaging an absurd 25.8 points on 63.4 percent shooting, 11.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.6 blocks per contest.
The 6'4" power forward's ability to control the paint on both sides of the court paired with her versatility makes her a game-changer, and the Sun management is likely doing victory laps around Mohegan Sun Arena right now.
After Ogwumike, the competition for the No. 2 pick will likely come down to Odyssey Sims and Stefanie Dolson.
Sims, a 5'8" senior guard from Baylor, currently leads the nation with 30.0 points per game (on a super-efficient 19.6 shots) to go with 5.3 assists and 2.3 steals. After playing second-fiddle to Griner, Sims is taking full advantage of being option No. 1 and skyrocketing her stock.
Dolson, a 6'5" center from Connecticut, isn't as much of a scorer (14.5 points per game), but she's an excellent rebounder (10.0 per game) and defender (2.3 blocks per game) and a very solid passer (4.0 assists per game). Against Oregon in November, she highlighted her unique skill set for a center, completing just the second triple-double in UConn history.
The Tulsa Shock will pair either one of them with Skylar Diggins to form an enticing future duo, while the Silver Stars will hope whoever is around at No. 3 can bring them back to the playoffs after missing the postseason for the firs time since 2006.
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