Draft Lottery Comes Up Aces As Las Vegas Gets Number One Overall Pick For Third Straight Year

NEW YORK, NY (August 28, 2018)—Las Vegas defied the odds Tuesday evening as the Aces won the 2019 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired live on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 2 of the semifinals matchup between Washington and Atlanta.

That gives the Aces the number one overall pick for the third straight year, which is a WNBA first. Prior to Tuesday, the Seattle Storm (2001, 2002 & 2015, 2016) and San Antonio Stars/Las Vegas Aces (2017, 2018) were the only two franchises to ever have two consecutive number one overall selections.

In 2017, San Antonio used the top pick to select the NCAAs all-time leading scorer in Washington guard Kelsey Plum. Plum finished third in the WNBA in three-point field goal percentage this season, and finished the season by scoring 20 or more points in four of her last seven games

In 2018, the Aces chose South Carolina forward and consensus national player of the year A’ja Wilson. Wilson won all three WNBA Rookie of the Month awards this season, while averaging 20.7 points and 8.0 rebounds. She is expected to be named WNBA Rookie of the Year later in the postseason.

Lottery odds were based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2017 and 2018). With a cumulative record of 15-53, the Fever had the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and were guaranteed at least the third pick.

Las Vegas posted a combined record of 22-46 and had 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick. Chicago, which registered a two-year record of 25-43, had the third-most chances (178). New York had 104 chances by virtue of its 29-39 record over the past two regular seasons.

2019 WNBA Draft Lottery Odds
Team Two-Year Record Chance of No. 1 Pick Actual Pick
Indiana Fever 15-53 44.2% 3
Las Vegas Aces 22-46 27.6% 1
Chicago Sky 25-43 17.8% 4
New York Liberty 29-39 10.4% 2