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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Connecticut Sun clinch WNBA's worst record

With last night's loss to Washington the Connecticut Sun are guaranteed to finish with the worst record in the WNBA season. On paper that would give the Sun the best chance to secure the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 WNBA draft.

However, the odds of the Sun securing the top pick won't be as overwhelming as other teams as the Sun are 9-24 with a game left against Indiana while New York, San Antonio and Tulsa have 11-22 records with one game remaining. It should also be noted that last year Washington finished fourth in the lottery despite having the league's worst record, two seasons ago Tulsa had the best chance of winning the lottery only to finish second.

Last year the lottery was conducted on Sept. 26 but I haven't heard when this year's lottery will be done.

This is just my opinion, but I would consider Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Maryland's Alyssa Thomas, Odyssey Sims of Baylor, Notre Dame's Kayla McBride and Natalie Achonwa and UConn's Stefanie Dolson and Bria Hartley and Duke's Chelsea Gray  to be the top candidates available to the lottery teams. I would consider Ogwumike to be the player who could help the Sun the most as a frontcourt featuring Tina Charles and Ogwumike could be absolutely frightening. The other question facing the Sun is whether they will look to ship off some veterans in an attempt to acquire another first-round pick in what appears to be a very deep draft. Other than those players I have already mentioned, you have others like Penn State's Maggie Lucas, Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg, USC's Cassie Harberts, Louisville's Shoni Schimmel to be among potential first-round picks although I am sure I am missing some other worthy candidates as well.

The Sun's trade for Kayla Pedersen means that the Sun gave up the 13th overall pick which makes me wonder if Connecticut would make that trade again.


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