2011 WNBA draft
The WNBA Draft 2011 was the 15th talent contraction of the Women's National Basketball Association and took place on 11 April 2011 in the ESPN studios in Bristol, Conn. instead. The first round of the draft was broadcast nationwide on ESPN2. The second and third rounds were to be seen on the channels NBA TV and ESPNU.
With the first overall draft pick, the Minnesota Lynx selected the US-American Maya Moore. On the second and third places the Australian Liz Cambage (Tulsa Shock) and the US-American Courtney Vandersloot (Connecticut Sun ) were selected. A total of 36 players were selected from four nations of the WNBA franchises in three rounds. As the only European players, the Latvian Elina Babkina (Los Angeles Sparks ) at position 29 and the Serb Sarah Krnjic (Washington Mystics ) were selected at position 35.
- 2.1 Round 1
- 2.2 Round 2
- 2.3 Round 3
The draft order was determined on 2 November 2010, after conclusion of the 2010 season through the draft lottery. The four teams participated, which did not qualify for the play- offs in the 2010 season; or their right to vote holders. The worst team in the regular season had a chance of 44.2 percent to win the lottery; the best of the four non-qualified for the playoffs teams had a chance of 10.4 percent.
The Minnesota Lynx won the lottery and moved thus from second to first place in the draft order on. The Tulsa Shock, the worst team in the regular season, slipped despite the highest chances of winning the second place in the draft order from.
The draft order of the eight play-off participant was placed in the regular season based on their table stand. It was considered that the team is in position five with the fewest victories. The determined by lottery draft order was significant only for the first round. The draft order of the second and third round was determined purely on the basis of the table object in the regular season. The teams had to acquire, however, the possibility of transfers on voting rights of other teams or deliver their own to other teams.