2021 WNBA Draft Lottery: When, where, how to watch and what to expect

New York Liberty Practice
New York Liberty head coach Walt Hopkins as seen talking to 2020 No. 1 overall draft pick Sabrina Ionescu. The Liberty have a chance to get the No. 1 pick again in 2021. | Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

The WNBA has announced that the 2021 Draft Lottery will take place on Friday, Dec. 4. The New York Liberty, Atlanta Dream, Dallas Wings and Indiana Fever will find out their selection standing in the 2021 WNBA Draft during halftime of the DePaul/Louisville game on ESPN.

The WNBA Draft Lottery will take place this Friday (Dec. 4) and air on ESPN during halftime of the NCAA women’s basketball game between DePaul and Louisville, the league announced on Tuesday.

The No. 20 DePaul Blue Demons and No. 5 Louisville Cardinals are scheduled to tip off Friday night at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s draft lottery:


Which teams are in the 2021 WNBA Draft Lottery?

The teams in this year’s draft lottery are:

New York Liberty

Atlanta Dream

Dallas Wings

Indiana Fever

Why does the WNBA hold a draft lottery?

The team that wins the draft lottery will get the No. 1 pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

The 2021 WNBA Draft will be held in April.

What are the odds of any specific team winning the draft lottery?

The teams’ records over the past two seasons will be taken into account and the team with the worst record over that span, the Liberty, will have the highest chance (44.2 percent) of getting the No. 1 pick.

The Dream have a 27.6 percent chance to get the No. 1 pick, while the chances for the Wings and Fever stand at 17.8 percent and 10.4 percent, respectively.

How does the draft lottery work?

There will be 14 balls in the lottery machine, numbered one through 14.

Four balls will be drawn and the combination that is formed will match a combination that was given to one of the teams. That team will get the first pick and the process will be repeated to see which gets the second pick.

The third pick will be based solely on which of the remaining teams has had the worst record over the past two seasons. Thus, the Liberty are guaranteed to get the third pick or higher.