2013 WNBA draft
The WNBA Draft 2013 was the 17th talent contraction of the Women's National Basketball Association and took place on April 15, 2013 at 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 ESPNU.
With the first overall draft pick, the Phoenix Mercury selected the US-American Brittney Griner. On the second and third place, the U.S. women Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky) and Skylar Diggins (Tulsa Shock) were selected. A total of 36 players were selected from seven nations of the WNBA franchises in three rounds. As the only European players the Belgian Emma Meesseman (Washington Mystics ) were at position 19 and the Frenchwoman Diandra Tchatchouang (San Antonio Silver Stars ).
The draft order is determined on September 26, 2012 by Draft Lottery. It is attended by four teams (Washington Mystics, Tulsa Shock, Phoenix Mercury and Chicago Sky ), which did not qualify for the play- offs in the 2012 season; or their right to vote holders. The worst team in the regular season had a chance of 44.6 percent to win the lottery; the best of the four non-qualified for the playoffs teams had a chance of 10.4 percent.
The draft order of the eight play-off party is put in the regular season in 2012 based on its table stand. The rule is that the team is in position five with the fewest victories. The determined by lottery draft order is significant only for the first round. The draft order of the second and third rounds will be determined purely on the basis of the table level in the regular season. However, the teams have the option to acquire voting rights on transfers of other teams or give ratings to other teams.
The Phoenix Mercury won the lottery and moved thus from second to first place in the draft order on. The Washington Mystics, the worst team in the regular season, slipped despite the highest chance of winning up to fourth place in the draft order from.