Indiana Secures No. 3 Pick in 2020 WNBA Draft
INDIANAPOLIS - For the second straight season and third time in franchise history, the Indiana Fever own the No. 3 pick in the WNBA draft, as was determined in Tuesday night's draw in the 2019 WNBA Draft Lottery presented by State Farm.
Indiana owns a top-four draft pick for the third straight season, though just the fifth time in 21 years, hoping to celebrate a return to the WNBA Playoffs when the franchise begins its 21st season in 2020. New York and Dallas secured the top two selection, with Atlanta owning the No. 4 pick behind Indiana.
"We're excited about the outcome of tonight's draft lottery and are confident that we will continue to build a championship franchise," said Fever Vice President of Basketball Operations, Tamika Catchings. "We look forward to adding a top talent to an already promising core group of players."
Teaira McCowan, last year's No. 3 overall selection in the WNBA Draft, was named to the WNBA All-Rookie Team earlier this week, joining three teammates who have earned the honor over the past five seasons - Natalie Achonwa (2015), Tiffany Mitchell (2016) and Kelsey Mitchell (2018).
After an improved 13-21 season and its third straight year out of the playoffs, Indiana owns another lottery pick in 2020. The Fever chose McCowan in 2019 and Kelsey Mitchell at No. 2 in 2018. It is the first time in Fever history that Indiana has owned a top-four selection in three consecutive seasons.
Prior to 2018, the Fever had endured a withering stretch of nearly two decades without the benefit of top draft selections and was the only franchise in league history to last more than a decade without a top-four selection.
Top Indiana Draft Picks by Overall Selection
No. 1 - none
No. 2 - Tan White, 2005; Kelsey Mitchell, 2018
No. 3 - Teaira McCowan, 2019; Tamika Catchings, 2001
No. 4 - none
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