Dream to Select Third in 2021 WNBA Draft
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Dream received the third pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm, which aired live during ESPN's Friday night broadcast of the DePaul vs. Louisville women's basketball game. The selection marks the Dream's third lottery pick in franchise history and first No. 3 overall selection.
This upcoming Draft will mark the third time in franchise history the Dream have a lottery pick. Atlanta drafted Chennedy Carter with the No. 4 overall selection in 2020, the team's first top-four pick since its first year of lottery eligibility in 2009. Carter went on to lead the team with 17.4 points per game last season.
"Certainly we wanted to get the Number 1 pick," said Head Coach Nicki Collen to the media. "It's like that feeling of Christmas morning, in some ways it's another competition. Even though it's balls and something we have nothing to do with, it still feels like we lost by not at least getting two, because that's where the odds were for us."
Atlanta's all-time first round draft picks (2008-20)
1 - Angel McCoughtry (2009)
2 - N/A
3 - TBD (2021)
4 - Chennedy Carter (2020)
5 - N/A
6 - N/A
7 - Brittney Sykes (2017)
8 - Tamera Young (2008), Ta'Shia Phillips (2011)*, Shoni Schimmel (2014)
9 - Chanel Mokango (2010)
10 - Samantha Logic (2015)
11 - Bria Holmes (2016), Brianna Turner (2019)^
12 - N/A
* The Dream traded guard Kelly Miller, the team's 2011 No. 8 overall draft pick Ta'Shia Phillips and a first round pick in 2012 to the Mystics in exchange for Lindsey Harding and a second round pick in 2012
^ Traded to Phoenix for the Mercury's 2018 First Round Selection, Marie Gülich
The Dream drafted Sancho Lyttle at No. 1 overall in the 2009 Houston Comets Dispersal Draft
Current Dream players originally drafted in the first round
Shekinna Stricklen (2012 - 2nd overall by Seattle)
Chennedy Carter (2020 - 4th overall by Atlanta)
Elizabeth Williams (2015 - 4th overall by Connecticut)
Glory Johnson (2012 - 4th overall by Tulsa)
Kalani Brown (2019 - 7th overall by Los Angeles)
Courtney Williams (2016 - 8th overall by Phoenix)
The 2021 season marks the organization's 14th in the WNBA. The Dream have qualified for the playoffs nine times, winning conference titles in 2013, 2011 and 2010.
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