Aces Land First Pick In WNBA Draft … Again

By Dorothy Gentry


“Travel-gate” seems to have paid off for the Las Vegas Aces.

In the midst of a playoff hunt, the team had to forfeit a game, essentially a loss, after nearly 26 hours of ravel-related issues including being stranded in the airport for an extended period of time.


The franchise, which just narrowly missed making the playoffs as the eighth seed, found out Tuesday night  that they will pick first in the 2019 WNBA Draft.

Just like they did last year. And the year before that.

They earned the top pick last year and chose A’ja Wilson, who is a lock to win Rookie of the Year honors. The Aces also picked first in the 2017 draft when they were still in San Antonio and chose Kelsey Plum.

Talk about Lady Luck.

The results of the lottery were televised on ESPN2 during Tuesday night’s halftime of Game 2 of the semifinals between the Atlanta Dream and Washington Mystics.

The New York Liberty, whose future remains uncertain, will have the second selection. They finished the year 7-27 with the second worst record. The Indiana Fever, who finished this season in last place at 6-28,  will select third followed by the Chicago Sky who will choose fourth. The Sky finished the season 13-21.

By missing the 2018 WNBA playoffs, all four teams qualified for the lottery drawing.  Lottery odds were based on the cumulative records of the Aces, Liberty, Fever and Sky over the two most recent regular seasons (2017 and 2018).    

The order of selection for the remainder of the first round as well as the second and third round is in inverse order of the teams’ respective regular-season records solely from 2018.

The Dallas Wings will pick at No. 5 followed by Minnesota, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Connecticut, Washington, Atlanta and Seattle.