Atlanta, Washington, Chicago have best chance of getting No. 1 pick in draft

12/5/2008 - Houston Comets

NEW YORK -- A WNBA lottery and dispersal draft for Houston Comets players will be held Monday, a week after the league announced the franchise will shut down.

Atlanta, Washington and Chicago have the best chance of receiving the No. 1 pick for unrestricted free agents Tina Thompson, Mwadi Mabika, Michelle Snow, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba and Latasha Byears.

The lottery involves the five teams that did not qualify for the playoffs.

A dispersal draft will be held for Matee Ajavon, Lucienne Berthieu, Renae Camino, Tamecka Dixon, Roneeka Hodges, Sequoia Holmes, Shannon Johnson, Sancho Lyttle, Polina Tzekova, Erica White and Mistie Williams.

Houston won the first four WNBA championships from 1997-2000.

Houston Rockets owner Leslie Alexander, the original owner of the Comets, sold the team to Houston businessman Hilton Koch last year. The WNBA took over the franchise earlier this year.