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WNBA draft lacks pool of talent available in ’03

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Posted: Wednesday, December 1, 2004 5:36 am | Updated: 5:46 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Before the last WNBA draft, Mercury general manager Seth Sulka had a hard time sleeping before the league's draft lottery.

The lottery decides the draft order of the non-playoff teams from the previous season as far as the top three picks. With phenom Diana Taurasi available, getting the top draft pick was critical for the Mercury.

The Mercury, of course, did win the lottery and subsequently were able to pick Taurasi.

Today, the lottery will be held for next spring's draft. While the Mercury again are part of the process, Sulka probably didn't have any trouble sleeping Tuesday night. Without a sure-fire franchise player like Taurasi available, it really isn't such a big deal where you end up drafting.

"It's probably better not to get the top pick," said Sulka. "It's not like last year where you wanted Taurasi or even the top other players (Alana Beard and Nicole Powell). It's not quite as deep a draft."

The Mercury don't have as good a chance, anyway, at landing the top pick today. In 2003, they had finished the season with the league's worst record. Thus, they had the best chance of getting the top pick in the lottery, which uses numbered ping pong balls to determine draft order.

This time, the Mercury have only a 5 percent chance of getting the top pick, another 5 percent chance of getting the second pick and another 5 percent chance of getting the third pick. If they fail at all three, they will pick fifth because they finished with the fifth-worst record last season.

After finishing with the league's worst record last season, San Antonio has the best chance to get the top pick. A few players who could be made the top pick are Notre Dame power forward Jacqueline Batteast, Kansas State small forward Kendra Wecker and Minnesota power forward Janel McCarville.

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