The San Antonio Stars won the WNBA’s 16th Draft Lottery, guaranteeing them the first selection in the 2017 WNBA Draft in April.
It has been a lean two seasons for San Antonio, having won just 15 games in that span, by far the fewest in the league. Unlike last season when the Seattle Storm selected Brianna Stewart out of the University of Connecticut, there are no slam-dunk No. 1 selections in the upcoming 2017 draft class. There are three main candidates: Diamond DeShields, a guard out of Tennessee, Alaina Coates, a center out of South Carolina, and Kelsey Plum, a guard out of Washington.
With a 44.2 percent shot at grabbing the top spot, it’s no surprise the Stars were able to secure the No. 1 choice. But behind them, the Washington Mystics will select at No. 2, the Dallas Wings at No. 3 and Los Angeles Sparks (who acquired the pick in a deal with the Connecticut Sun) at No. 4, all of whom had a chance to win the lottery.
Picks 5-12 to close out the first round went in reverse order of regular-season standings with Phoenix (No. 5), Seattle (No. 6), Atlanta (No. 7), Indiana (No. 8), Chicago (No. 9), Dallas (via New York, No. 10), Dallas (via Los Angeles, No. 11) and Minnesota (No. 12).
The Stars have come full circle since head coach Dan Hughes took over in 2005. That first year, they went just 7-27, the same mark they had to close out the 2016 season. From 2007-2012, they made the conference finals each year, winning it only once, before eventually losing in the WNBA Finals in 2008.