Sun Get First Pick In 2014 WNBA Draft

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There was little doubt injuries laid waste to the 2013 season for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun, who finished with the worst record in the league (10-24) last season.
But league history shows how rapidly franchises such as Minnesota (a two-time champion) and Atlanta (a 2013 finalist) can rise from the ashes.
For the Sun, the first step in that process was a success when it secured the first pick in the 2014 Draft through draft lottery.
The Sun had the best odds to receive the first pick (44.2 percent) and most likely will use the pick, if they don’t trade it, to take Stanford forward Chiney Ogwumike, who would provide center Tina Charles and athletic sidekick in the post.
New York (11-23) received the fourth pick. The San Antonio Silver Stars (12-22) will have the third pick. And Tulsa will pick second.
“It is such a great opportunity,” Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said after the order was announced. “This is such a deep draft; so many great players. We’ll have a healthy team coming back and this is everything we could have hoped for.
“I am very happy. We are in the casino business and we know the odds don’t always work for you, but I am thrilled that did for us (Tuesday).
This lottery business is not new for the Sun. They Sun participated in the first one, November 5, 2009, and received the third pick. They did not use it. The Sun moved up to the second pick after the Sacramento Monarchs folded and then traded Lindsay Whalen and that pick to the Minnesota Lynx in exchange for Renee Montgomery and the No. 1 pick.
The Sun selected Charles, the former UConn All-American, with that pick. Charles has since won the league’s Rookie of the Year and MVP while setting rebounding and double-double records.
“Ann Donovan [the Sun coach] and Chris Sienko [the GM] will take a look and assess everything. Maybe we can make some move. But there clearly as players in this draft who can help us with what we need. Add that to what we have and things are looking good for Connecticut.”

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