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Indiana Fever miss out on WNBA's top draft pick despite best odds

August 28, 2018

Despite having the WNBA's worst record this season, the Indiana Fever didn't land the league's top draft pick.

Instead, the Las Vegas Aces will pick first in the WNBA draft for a third straight year.

Indiana, which had a 44 percent chance to get the top pick, gets the third pick. The Fever went 6-28 this season and had a two-year record of 15-53. Two-year records are used by the WNBA to set odds for the annual draft lottery.

Las Vegas, formerly the San Antonio Stars, won the draft lottery Tuesday night after barely missing the playoffs this season.

The Aces had the second-best chance (27.6 percent) to secure the top choice after finishing with the second-worst combined record (22-46) the past two seasons. They drafted Kelsey Plum in 2016 when the franchise was still in San Antonio and took A'ja Wilson with the No. 1 pick this past season.

The New York Liberty, which had the best two-year record (29-39) among the four lottery teams, grabbed the second spot despite slim odds.

The Chicago Sky (25-43 over two years) will pick fourth.

While there may not be a marquee player in this season's draft like Wilson, there are a lot of talented seniors led by centers Kalani Brown of Baylor and Teaira McCowan of Mississippi State. Louisville guard Asia Durr and Final Four MVP Arike Ogunbowale are also in the class. As usual, UConn also has two potential lottery picks in Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier.

Dallas will pick fifth and Minnesota sixth. The Lynx will be followed by Los Angeles, Phoenix, Connecticut, Washington, Atlanta and Seattle.

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