WNBA sets date for draft lottery as Indiana Fever hope for shot at Caitlin Clark

The Indiana Fever is anxiously awaiting their selection in the highly anticipated 2024 WNBA Draft. Exciting news broke on Tuesday when the league revealed that the draft lottery will take place on December 10th.

Set to air at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on ESPN, the draft lottery will captivate fans for a thrilling 30 minutes. What makes it even more special is that it will be part of the esteemed Basketball Hall of Fame Women’s Showcase doubleheader. This doubleheader includes two exhilarating games: Utah vs. South Carolina and North Carolina vs. UConn.

For the second consecutive season, the Fever holds the highest odds, an impressive 44.2%, of securing the coveted No. 1 pick. The distribution of odds is based on the performance of the four teams that did not make the playoffs in 2023, spanning a two-year period. Indiana finished with a record of 18-58, while Phoenix stands at 24-52 (24.7% chance), Los Angeles at 30-46 (17.8%), and Seattle at 33-43 (10.4%).

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This marks the fourth time that the Fever possesses the highest odds for the No. 1 pick. Unfortunately, in 2019 and 2022, Indiana lost out to the New York Liberty and Atlanta Dream, respectively.

In 2023, the Fever secured the No. 1 pick and chose the immensely talented Aliyah Boston from South Carolina. Boston had an outstanding rookie season, earning the prestigious title of the fifth unanimous Rookie of the Year in league history.

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If the Fever secures the top pick, they could add another game-changer to their roster. The widely assumed frontrunner is Iowa point guard Caitlin Clark, named the national player of the year. Clark’s decision to forgo her fifth year of college eligibility in the upcoming 2024-25 season will greatly influence her availability. She led the Hawkeyes to the 2023 national championship game while averaging an incredible 27.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 8.6 assists.

Paige Bueckers and Aaliyah Edwards from UConn, Cameron Brink from Stanford, and Angel Reese and Hailey Van Lith from LSU are also expected to be early picks in the draft.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: WNBA draft lottery date set: Indiana Fever hope for Caitlin Clark


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