Wings, Mystics, Stars and Sparks will vie for top pick in draft lottery

The 2017 WNBA draft lottery is Wednesday:

NEW YORK, Sept. 26, 2016 – The 2017 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm will be televised live on ESPN2 on Wednesday, Sept. 28, the WNBA announced today. The Lottery, hosted by Doug Kezirian, will air during halftime of the network’s telecast of a semifinal playoff game. The lottery winner will secure the top pick in the 2017 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm, to be conducted next April.

By missing the playoffs, the Connecticut Sun, Dallas Wings, San Antonio Stars and Washington Mystics qualified for the 16th annual lottery drawing. Connecticut’s spot in the lottery, however, belongs to the Los Angeles Sparks, the result of a draft-day trade last April.

Lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the Sun, Wings, Stars and Mystics over the two most recent regular seasons (2015 and 2016). The lottery will establish the first four picks of the draft. The lottery team with the worst two-year cumulative record is guaranteed at least the third pick.