Lynx again land top pick in WNBA draft
NEW YORK -- The Minnesota Lynx got lucky again in the WNBA draft lottery.
The Lynx won the lottery on Tuesday and will select first in the league's 2011 draft. It's the third time they've won it in the last six years, including the second time in a row.
"In winning today's draft lottery, we are guaranteed to add someone that we expect to be an MVP caliber player from the day she steps foot onto the court," Lynx CEO Roger Griffith said in a statement provided by the team. "When you add the No. 1 pick to the talent we already have on this roster, you can't help but be excited for what's to come."
The Lynx also will pick fourth in the April draft, because of a trade with Connecticut. Tulsa, which finished 6-28 last season, will pick second, followed by Chicago.
Maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves should start sending Lynx CFO Conrad Smith, who has represented the Lynx at the last two draft lotteries, to the NBA's version. In 13 NBA lottery appearances, the Timberwolves have never finished higher than third.
Griffith did not specify who the Lynx would draft this year, but all signs point to Connecticut All-American Maya Moore.
The 6-foot small forward was the only college player to make the U.S. national team roster that won gold at the 2010 world championships. She averaged 18.9 points and 8.3 rebounds last season in helping UConn to a second straight 39-0 record.
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