Sparks win draft lottery after tying for league's worst record

Updated: October 24, 2007, 2:32 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Sparks won the WNBA draft lottery Tuesday for the No. 1 pick in the spring draft.

The Chicago Sky will have the second pick, followed by the Minnesota Lynx, Atlanta, Houston Comets and Washington Mystics.

Atlanta, an expansion team added to the Eastern Conference last week, was automatically awarded the No. 4 pick. The date of the draft, traditionally held after the women's Final Four, has not been determined.

The Sparks (10-24) finished tied with Minnesota for the league's worst record last season and had the best odds (34.1 percent) of getting the top pick.

The remaining draft order, based on team record, is the New York Liberty with the seventh pick, followed by the Seattle Storm, Connecticut Sun and Sacramento Monarchs rounding out the top 10.

The Detroit Shock, Indiana Fever, defending champion Phoenix Mercury and Liberty wrap up the first round.

Last year, Phoenix became the first team to win the No. 1 pick despite having the longest odds -- 2.5 percent. The Mercury selected Lindsey Harding and minutes later traded her to the Lynx for veteran forward Tangela Smith.

The lottery was conducted by league officials and representatives from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young at the WNBA office in New York.


Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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