2010 WNBA draft
|2010 WNBA draft|
|Date(s)||April 8, 2010|
|Location||Secaucus, New Jersey|
|Network(s) (US)||ESPN2, NBATV, ESPNU|
|First selection||Tina Charles, UConn|
The 2010 WNBA Draft is the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league. The draft was held on April 8, 2010. The first round was shown on ESPN2 (HD), while the second and third rounds were shown on NBA TV and ESPNU.
A lottery was held on November 5, 2009. The Minnesota Lynx received the first overall selection of the draft. The Sacramento Monarchs received the number two selection. The Connecticut Sun came up with the third overall selection, followed by the Minnesota Lynx again at four, and the Chicago Sky at number five.
Since the Monarchs folded after the draft lottery took place, their pick was simply eliminated.
On November 20, 2009, the league announced that the Sacramento Monarchs would no longer operate. A dispersal draft was held December 14, 2009 with teams being allowed to pick in the following order.
|Pick||Player||Nationality||New Team||Former Team|
|1||Nicole Powell||United States||New York Liberty||Sacramento Monarchs|
|2||Rebekkah Brunson||United States||Minnesota Lynx||Sacramento Monarchs|
|3||DeMya Walker||United States||Connecticut Sun||Sacramento Monarchs|
|4||Courtney Paris||United States||Chicago Sky||Sacramento Monarchs|
|5||Laura Harper||United States||San Antonio Silver Stars||Sacramento Monarchs|
|6||Kristin Haynie||United States||Washington Mystics||Sacramento Monarchs|
|7||Scholanda Robinson||United States||Tulsa Shock||Sacramento Monarchs|
|8||Passed||Los Angeles Sparks||Sacramento Monarchs|
|9||Passed||Atlanta Dream||Sacramento Monarchs|
|10||Chelsea Newton||United States||Seattle Storm||Sacramento Monarchs|
|11||Passed||Indiana Fever||Sacramento Monarchs|
|12||Passed||Phoenix Mercury||Sacramento Monarchs|
|Note: Three former Monarchs players, Kara Lawson, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba, and Ticha Penicheiro were free agents and therefore not eligible for this draft.|
The lottery selection to determine the order of the top five picks in the 2010 Draft occurred on November 5, 2009 The Minnesota Lynx won the first pick, while the Sacramento Monarchs and Connecticut Sun were awarded the second and third picks respectively. The remaining first-round picks and all the second- and third-round picks were assigned to teams in reverse order of their win-loss records in the previous season.
Below were the chances for each team to get specific picks in the 2010 draft lottery, rounded to three decimal places:
|New York Liberty (to Minn.)||13–21||261||.261||.284||.246||.200||.008|
|Shaded block denotes actual lottery result.|
- January 30, 2009: The Washington Mystics receive the second-round pick from the Minnesota Lynx as part of the Lindsey Harding transaction.
- March 26, 2009: The Los Angeles Sparks receive the first-round pick from the Phoenix Mercury as part of the Temeka Johnson transaction.
- May 5, 2009: The Minnesota Lynx receive the first-round pick from the New York Liberty (via L.A.) as part of the Sidney Spencer/Noelle Quinn transaction.
- November 20, 2009: The league announces the folding of the Sacramento Monarchs. The Monarchs' picks in the draft were simply eliminated.
- January 12, 2010: The Connecticut Sun receive the first overall pick in exchange for the second overall pick from the Minnesota Lynx as part of the Lindsay Whalen/Renee Montgomery transaction.
|Denotes player who has been selected for at least one All-Star Game|
|Pick||Player||Nationality||WNBA Team||School/Club Team|
|1||Tina Charles||United States||Connecticut Sun (from N.Y, via L.A., via Minn.)||Connecticut|
|2||Monica Wright||United States||Minnesota Lynx (from Conn.)||Virginia|
|3||Kelsey Griffin||United States||Minnesota Lynx (traded to Conn.)||Nebraska|
|4||Epiphanny Prince||United States||Chicago Sky||Rutgers/Turkey|
|5||Jayne Appel||United States||San Antonio Silver Stars||Stanford|
|6||Jacinta Monroe||United States||Washington Mystics||Florida State|
|7||Danielle McCray||United States||Connecticut Sun (from Tul.)||Kansas|
|8||Andrea Riley||United States||Los Angeles Sparks||Oklahoma State|
|9||Chanel Mokango||DR Congo||Atlanta Dream||Mississippi State|
|10||Alison Lacey||Australia||Seattle Storm||Iowa State|
|11||Jené Morris||United States||Indiana Fever||San Diego State|
|12||Bianca Thomas||United States||Los Angeles Sparks (from Phx.)||Mississippi|
- http://www.wnba.com/transactions/WNBA_2009.html 2009 WNBA Transactions