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2021 WNBA Draft Order: New York Liberty pick No. 1 overall, Dallas Wings pick No. 2 for second straight year

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For the second year in a row, the New York Liberty will be drafting No. 1 overall in the 2021 WNBA Draft.

The Liberty who had the highest possibility for the No. 1 pick in the draft lottery with 44.2 percent won the lottery and will select first at the draft in April 2021.

2021 WNBA Draft Lottery Results
Team Combined 2019-2020 Record Chances (out of 1,000)
1. New York 12-44 442
2. Dallas 18-38 178
3. Atlanta 15-41 276
4. Indiana 19-37 104

The Dallas Wings will pick second in the 2021 WNBA Draft for the second straight year, followed by the Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever rounding out the lottery.

"We draft for fit when it comes to character. We're looking for like-minded individuals that are going to come in and have that insatiable taste for winning," Liberty GM Jonathan Kolb said in regards to who the team will look to select with the top selection. "When you bring the basketball talent into it, I think probably geared more towards the post."

New York selected Sabrina Ionescu with the No.1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, but Liberty fans saw very little of the top pick as Ionescu suffered an ankle injury in just her third game. She underwent successful surgery in November.

The order of picks for the rest of the draft is in inverse order of the teams' records from the 2020 season.

Here is the full order for the first round of the 2021 WNBA Draft:

First-round

  1. New York Liberty
  2. Dallas Wings
  3. Atlanta Dream
  4. Indiana Fever
  5. Dallas Wings (via Washington Mystics)
  6. Phoenix Mercury (via Connecticut Sun)
  7. Dallas Wings (via Chicago Sky)
  8. Chicago Sky (via Phoenix Mercury)
  9. Minnesota Lynx
  10. Los Angeles Sparks
  11. Seattle Storm
  12. Las Vegas Aces

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