Heading into the last day of the WNBA season, there were 3 groups defending the last playoff area: the New york city Liberty, Washington Mystics and Los Angeles Triggers. In the end it was all a bit anticlimactic– the Mystics and Triggers both lost, which enabled the Liberty, who were idle, to back into the playoffs as the No. 8 seed.

With the routine season in the books, the playoffs are now set and will start on Thursday, Sept. 23, with the single-elimination first-round video games. In addition, the chances for the 2022 WNBA Draft Lotto are now secured. Here’s a take a look at which groups are headed for the lotto and their possibilities of winning the No. 1 total choice in the 2022 WNBA Draft.

As a suggestion, chances for the WNBA Draft Lottery game are determined based upon the combined records from the previous 2 seasons. Another essential note is that the Los Angeles Stimulates missed out on the playoffs, however they formerly traded their 2022 first-round choice to the Dallas Wings.

Indiana Fever



Atlanta Dream



Washington Mystics



Dallas Wings (by means of Triggers)



The Fever have without a doubt the very best chances at 44.2 percent, and if they wind up winning the lotto, they’ll get the No. 1 general choice for the very first time in franchise history. That would be simply the increase this franchise requires after what has actually been a genuinely unpleasant run. The last time the Fever made the playoffs remained in 2016, and in the 5 seasons ever since they have actually completed either last or second-last 4 times. Over that period they are an integrated 40-116 with a massive 67 of those losses coming over double-digits.

Successive are the Dream, who coped a very inefficient season that saw head coach Nicki Collen stopped throughout training school and interim head coach Mike Petersen step down for health factors. Budding young star Chennedy Carter was suspended for conduct destructive to the group and sat out of the group’s last 15 video games. Another top-level possibility would include some much required skill and enjoyment to this group.

After 4 straight playoff looks, the Mystics are making an unusual look in the lotto. That states much more about their ghastly injury luck than the skill on the lineup. Elena Delle Donne was restricted to 3 video games becuase of continued back issues, Alysha Clark missed out on the whole season with a foot injury, Emma Meesseman remained overseas and they didn’t have a single gamer appear in all 32 video games. If they can in some way leap up and win the lotto, however, it might all settle in the long run.

Lastly, there’s the Wings, who really ended up seventh and will be dealing with the Chicago Sky in the preliminary of the playoffs. They remain in this area thanks to a trade they made in 2015 with the Stimulates to get their 2022 first-round choice. That showed to be a smart piece of organization, as the Wings will now remain in line to include another skilled gamer to their young core that currently includes Arike Ogbunowale, Satou Sabally, and in 2015’s No. 1 general choice, Charli Collier.

No date has actually been set for the 2022 Draft Lottery game, however in 2015’s occasion was kept in early December, so it must be at some point around then. The presumptive No. 1 total choice is Rhyne Howard, an elite scoring guard out of Kentucky who installed 20.7 points per video game last season and has actually won the last 2 SEC Gamer of the Year Awards. Other possible lotto choices consist of Baylor’s NaLyssa Smith, Iowa State’s Ashley Joens and Michigan’s Naz Hillmon.


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