Who says life or basketball is fair.
The Phoenix Mercury, who basically allowed Diana Taurasi to skip the 2012 season (at least the post-Olympic part of it), used the strategy and some luck to win the top pick in the 2013 Draft on Wednesday.
And despite what Carolyn Peck said on ESPN after the draft lottery was over, they almost certainly will take 6-8 center Brittney Griner from Baylor because the team needs her and not taking her would simply be stupid.
The Mercury had 276 chances out of 1,000 to receive the first overall selection, the second most of any of the four teams in the Lottery mix. It’s the third time Phoenix has won the WNBA Draft Lottery. The Mercury previously came away with the No. 1 overall selection in 2004, which they used to select Diana Taurasi, and for the 2009 Draft, when they chose Lindsey Harding.
Chicago, which already has an Olympic center, Sylvia Fowles, but could use Notre Dame guard Skylar Diggins, gets the second pick, which means they would have to overlook Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne first.
The Sky had smallest chance of winning the Lottery (10.4 percent).
Picking third will be lowly Tulsa, which also has a center, but one (6-8 Australian Liz Cambage) who didn’t even play a second for them this season because of the Olympics and then her disinterest in coming to the USA.
Washington, which could used Delle Donne to boost attendance, will pick fourth, which will be like getting stuck with vanilla ice cream when the italian and french pasties and souffles are gone from the buffet.