December 1, 2020
WNBA Draft Lottery 2021 to be held Friday, Dec. 4
Drawing will take place at halftime of ESPN's DePaul vs. Louisville game
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The WNBA has officially announced that the WNBA Draft Lottery 2021 will be conducted on Friday, Dec. 4. The lottery will take place at halftime of the DePaul vs. Louisville game on ESPN, which is scheduled to tip off at 6:30 p.m. ET.
ESPN’s LaChina Robinson will be hosting the lottery, and WNBA Head of League Operations, Bethany Donaphin, will announce the results.
The four teams to qualify for the lottery are the New York Liberty, Atlanta Dream, Dallas Wings and Indiana Fever. Whichever of these four teams wins will pick first overall in the 2021 WNBA Draft.
The lottery odds are based on cumulative records of the 2019 and 2020 seasons. With the worst record, at 12-44, the Liberty has the highest odds to win the number one pick (44.2%). With a record of 15-41, Atlanta has the second-highest odds of winning the top pick, slotting in with a 27.6% chance.
Dallas finished 18-38 over the last two years and will hold a 17.8% chance of winning the lottery. Rounding out the four lottery teams is Indiana, which holds a 19-37 record the last two years and carries a 10.4% chance of winning the top pick.
The lottery is conducted by placing 14 balls numbered 1-14 into the lottery machine. Four balls will be drawn at random to determine a four-digit combination. Whatever team is assigned that combination wins the No. 1 pick. The process will then be repeated to determine the second overall pick.
There are 1,000 possible combinations, and each team’s percentage correlates to their amount of combinations. New York has 442 combinations, Atlanta has 276, Dallas as 178 and Indiana holds 104.
After the second pick is awarded, the team left with the lowest cumulative two-year record will receive the third pick, and the remaining team will pick fourth.