New York Liberty Earn Second Overall Pick In 2019 Draft

SEACAUCUS, NJ – August 28, 2018 – The New York Liberty earned the second overall pick for the 2019 WNBA Draft as revealed by the league Tuesday night live on ESPN2 during halftime of Game 2 of a Semifinals playoff series between the Atlanta Dream and Washington Mystics.

“This is an exciting day for us,” head coach Katie Smith began. “You go in and we’re expecting fourth pick and ready to draft and go after it. You want to do your homework and add to the crew we already have. Then Chicago gets the fourth pick and then you get greedy! Now, why not continue to shake this up? I was definitely getting anxious getting ready to explode with moving up already that far.”

The Lottery order

Team Combined 2017-18 Record Chances (out of 1,000) Selection
Las Vegas 22-46 276 1st
New York 29-36 104 2nd
Indiana 15-53 442 3rd
Chicago 25-43 178 4th


The Rest of the First Round

  1. Dallas Wings 15-19
  2. Minnesota Lynx 18-16
  3. Los Angeles Sparks 19-15
  4. Phoenix Mercury 20-14
  5. Connecticut Sun 21-13
  6. Washington Mystics 22-12
  7. Atlanta Dream 23-11
  8. Seattle Storm 26-8

Liberty players selected top-four

Tina Charles was the 2010 first overall pick selected by the Connecticut Sun following a highly regarded career at Connecticut. The 6’4 Queens native went on to win Rookie of the Year as the unanimous vote getter.

Marissa Coleman was the 2009 second overall pick selected by the Washington Mystics following a standout collegiate career at Maryland.

Epiphanny Prince was a fourth overall pick in the 2010 WNBA draft-the same class as Charles. The Rutgers product was selected by the Chicago Sky.

Amanda Zahui B was a second overall pick by the Tulsa Shock (now Dallas Wings) in 2015. Zahui B was an early entrant out of Minnesota.


The New York Liberty finished its 2018 campaign fifth in the Eastern Conference and 11th league-wide after compiling a franchise low 7-27 final record. The group rounded out its season on a 13-game skid on a .206 win clip. The Liberty earned a 4-13 record at home which included contests at Westchester County Center and Madison Square Garden. It was 3-14 on the road.

Its 2017 team featured 10 of its 2018 roster players-a team that concluded the season third amongst its league competitors with a 22-12 record. The team boasted a .647 win clip and wrapped up its regular season on a 10-game win streak. The team would eventually fall to the Washington Mystics 82-68 in the second round.

With a 29-39 combined record encompassing the Liberty’s two most recent seasons, the program will draw its lottery pick-a pick ranging from first overall to fourth.

Tonight’s WNBA Draft Lottery

The Indiana Fever, Las Vegas Aces, Chicago Sky and New York Liberty qualified for the 18th annual Lottery drawing.

Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2017 and 2018).  With a cumulative record of 15-53, the Fever will have the most chances to land the top pick (442 out of 1,000) and is guaranteed at least the third pick.

Las Vegas posted a combined record of 22-46 and will have 276 chances out of 1,000 to win the top pick.  Chicago, which registered a two-year record of 25-43, has the third-most chances (178).  New York has 104 chances by virtue of its 29-39 record over the past two regular seasons.

In the drawing, 14 balls numbered 1-14 will be placed in a lottery machine and mixed.  Four balls will be drawn to determine a four-digit combination.  The team assigned that four-ball combination will receive the No. 1 pick.  The four balls will then be placed back into the machine and the process will be repeated to determine the second pick.  The two teams whose numerical combinations do not come up in the Lottery will select in the inverse order of their two-year cumulative record.

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 2018.

A representative from the accounting firm of Ernst & Young will be in attendance to oversee the

Lottery process.

This marks the seventh straight year that ESPN networks will televise the WNBA Draft Lottery.

The “new” format

On August 5, 2015, the WNBA announced rules changes to the Draft Lottery format.

Under the new format, the drawing is held among the four teams that did not make the playoffs (the “Lottery Teams”) in the immediately preceding season.  Instead of assigning the odds based solely on the records of the teams in the immediately preceding season, the odds are based on the cumulative records of the Lottery Teams over the two most recent regular seasons.

The odds are unchanged, with the Lottery Team with the worst two-year cumulative record having 442 chances out of 1,000 to win the first pick, the Lottery Team with the second worst two-year cumulative record having 276 chances out of 1,000, the Lottery Team with the third worst two-year cumulative record having 178 chances out of 1,000, and the Lottery Team with the best two-year cumulative record having 104 chances out of 1,000 to win the first pick.  Cumulative record tiebreakers will be based solely on the immediately preceding season (e.g., the first tiebreaker would be the worst record in the immediately preceding season).

The format will also guarantee that the Lottery Team with the worst two-year cumulative record will end up with at least the third pick.  Under the previous format, the Lottery Team with the worst single-season record was guaranteed to pick no worse than fourth.