The WNBA held its draft lottery tonight and the Seattle Storm have claimed the first pick of the draft.
The Seattle Storm have won the 2015 WNBA Draft tonight, as announced on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals series between the Indiana Fever and Washington Mystics.
Pick Team Odds #1 Seattle Storm 359 #2 Tulsa Shock 359 #3 Connecticut Sun 178 #4 Connecticut Sun (via NY) 104
2015 WNBA Draft lottery results.
Rebounding and defense have been a problem for the Storm, as Albert Lee has described at length previously. Lauren Jackson’s return would help with some of that, but at this point they just need an infusion of young talent. Coach Brian Agler also mentioned needing some young guards, which might be even more pressing with news that Tanisha Wright is thinking about retirement and Sue Bird having her least productive year in her career.
If Storm lucky enough to get #1 pick, wonder if they take best offer available for Strick. Isn’t KML basically a rich man’s Stricklen? #wnba
— Richard Cohen (@RichardCohen1) August 18, 2014
We’ve also sort of been through the strengths and weaknesses of the rest of the lottery teams.
- Tulsa Shock: More on the Shock later, but we alluded to some of their issues when discussing our point guard rankings. But in short, they already have plenty of young talent at the positions where this draft would help them most and defense has to be a concern for them at this point. But one major question that might be relevant for Tulsa: will 6-foot-8 Australian center Liz Cambage return to the league next season?
- Connecticut Sun: With Chiney Ogwumike, Alyssa Thomas, and Chelsea Gray acquired in the 2014 draft as well as the acquisitions of Alex Bentley and Kelsey Bone, they’re also a team that is loaded with young talent. It will be interesting to see whether they opt to keep this pick or look to make a trade. But they have a young leader and a great core to build around now – as Aaron Fischman described at length the other day – meaning they have some options in terms of shaping their rebuilding process moving forward.
REMAINING ORDER FOR FIRST ROUND
5. Chicago 15-19
6. Indiana 16-18
7. Los Angeles 16-18
8. Washington 16-18
9. San Antonio 16-18
10. Atlanta 19-15
11. Minnesota 25-9
12. Phoenix 29-5