Tuesday, October 25, 2005


2005 WNBA bottom dwellers Charlotte and San Antonio continued their year long string of bad luck as they were surprising beat out by Minnesota and Phoenix for the top two spots in the draft lottery.

Phoenix only missed the playoffs because they played on sloppy half against Seattle in their last game of the season. Had they had Maria Stepanova for a full season that game may not have mattered as they would likely have secured the final post-season berth long before that game. They get a HUGE benefit in the number 2 position

Minnesota gave up Katie Smith and is intent on leaning on their youth. Now they get to build on that existing youth with the top spot in the draft. If they can grab a few veterans in the offseason the West could look different next season and VERY different in a few years. Houston, LA and Sacramento are aging. Seattle, Phoenix and Minnesota could be the next reigning Western Conference teams.

The lottery teams were those teams that missed the playoffs, and include Minnesota, Phoenix, Charlotte, San Antonio and Washington. The remaining draft order is determined by record.


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