Las Vegas wins WNBA draft lottery game, will choose initially

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Jessica Hill/ AP In this Aug. 29, 2015, file photo, New york city Liberty coach Expense Laimbeer sees during the team’s WNBA basketball video game against the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville, Conn. Laimbeer will be the new coach and basic supervisor of the San Antonio Stars when the group moves to Las Vegas.

Monday, Nov. 13, 2017|5:47 p.m.

New York City– Costs Laimbeer and the Las Vegas franchise hit the jackpot, winning the WNBA draft lottery on Monday.

“Having the very first choice will assist to grow a fan base and this will go a long way to that,” Laimbeer stated in a phone interview. “I’m thrilled that we’ll add a great piece to the puzzle.”

Las Vegas had the very best odds (44 percent) to win Monday’s lottery game after completing with the combined worst record the previous two seasons while the franchise was in San Antonio. The team moved to Las Vegas last month and employed Laimbeer as its coach and president. It’s the second successive year that the franchise has the leading pick. Destiny took Kelsey Plum No. 1 last season.

Laimbeer was happy to have good fortune in the draft lottery game. In 2003, he was the overwhelming preferred to obtain the top choice and his Detroit Shock ended up getting the No. 3. It didn’t end up that severely as Laimbeer took Cheryl Ford and the Shock went on to win the WNBA championship that year, going from worst to initially.

“You anticipate the worst, hope for the very best,” Laimbeer said. “You have no idea.”

Laimbeer stated that he heard that the draft is currently planned to be held in New York next spring, however he wouldn’t mind seeing Las Vegas attempt and host it.

“It’s the league’s call. We’re open for anything. It’s an excellent destination place,” he said. “I make certain we’ll speak about it here.”

Indiana will choose second with Chicago getting the 3rd and fourth picks. The Sky acquired the third pick from the Atlanta Dream in a trade.

“With these 2 prized draft choices, we can include powerful effect players to our already talent-rich roster,” Sky GM and coach Amber Stocks said. “We will keep a keen eye on assessing the upcoming draftees while also evaluating the latent potential of these valuable assets.”

The Sky are the 4th group in league history to have both the third and fourth choices.

With an excellent senior class, this need to be a pretty deep draft headlined by South Carolina star A’ja Wilson.

“Consensus is she’s the No. 1 choice,” Laimbeer stated. “Time will inform. In our league, there’s some truly big gamers.”

Seattle will select fifth and Dallas sixth. The Wings will be followed by Washington, Phoenix, Connecticut, New York City, Los Angeles and Minnesota.

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