The WNBA Draft Lottery 2020 presented by State Farm® will be conducting ed on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in Secaucus, N.J., the WNBA announced today.
ESPN2 will televise the WNBA Draft Lottery during halftime of its telecast of Game 1 of a Semifinals series between the Connecticut Sun and a yet-to-be-determined opponent, with the playoff game tipping off at 6:30 p.m. ET. WNBA Head of League Operations Bethany Donaphin will reveal the results of the Lottery during ESPN’s coverage, which will be hosted by John Brickley.
The New York Liberty, Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings and the Atlanta Dream have qualified for the 19th annual Lottery drawing. The winner will secure the top pick in April’s WNBA Draft 2020 presented by State Farm.
The No. 1 overall selection in a deep and plentiful 2020 Draft is expected to be either point guard Sabrina Ionescu from Oregon. Or 6-foot-4 F/C Lauren Cox out of Baylor. Scouts describe Cox as a Breanna Stewart/Elena Delle Donne hybrid.
Another, 6-4 baller, Princeton’s Bella Alarie is looking to become the second Ivy League WNBA superstar since Harvard’s Allison Feaster.
Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2018 and 2019). With a cumulative record of 17-51, the Liberty, who chose Louisville star Asia Durr with the No. 2 overall pick in 2018, will have the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and is guaranteed at least the third pick.
Indiana posted a combined record of 19-49 and will have 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick. Dallas, which registered a two-year record of 25-43, has the third-most chances (178). Atlanta has 104 chances by virtue of its 31-37 record over the past two regular seasons.
The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third rounds is determined by inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2019. This marks the eighth straight year that ESPN networks will televise the WNBA Draft Lottery.