WNBA Draft 2021 date, start time, pick order, how to watch & more to know

WNBA Draft 2021 date, start time, pick order, how to watch & more to know

A new WNBA season is fast approaching with training camps set to begin later this month. Before we get to the games, though, it’s time for one of the league’s biggest annual events.

The 2021 WNBA Draft will once again be held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the picks live on television, and prospects will participate in the festivities remotely.

“The opportunity for these elite athletes to reach this pinnacle and share this special moment with their families, friends and WNBA fans, even in a virtual format, will make for a truly memorable night especially as we commemorate the league’s 25th season and continue building momentum for the future of the league,” Engelbert said of this year’s draft.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 WNBA Draft, including how to watch the event live.

When is the WNBA Draft in 2021?

  • Date: April 15, 2021
  • Time: 7 p.m. ET

The 2021 WNBA Draft will be held Thursday, April 15. The 2021 WNBA season will tip off on Friday, May 14.

WNBA Draft TV channel, how to live stream

You can watch the 2021 WNBA Draft on ESPN or stream it via the Watch ESPN app. Viewers can also create a personal experience through the WNBA app, which will feature a live chat room and a “Pick Your Pick” option for fans to vote on picks as the draft unfolds.

2021 WNBA Draft order

First round

Pick Team
1. Dallas Wings
2. Dallas Wings
3. Atlanta Dream
4. Indiana Fever
5. Dallas Wings
6. New York Liberty
7. Dallas Wings
8. Chicago Sky
9. Minnesota Lynx
10. Los Angeles Sparks
11. Seattle Storm
12. Las Vegas Aces

Second round

Pick Team
13. Dallas Wings
14. Las Vegas Aces
15. Atlanta Dream
16. Chicago Sky
17. New York Liberty
18. Seattle Storm
19. Indiana Fever
20. Connecticut Sun
21. Connecticut Sun
22. Los Angeles Sparks
23. Seattle Storm
24. Indiana Fever

Third round

Pick Team
25. New York Liberty
26. Indiana Fever
27. Atlanta Dream
28. Los Angeles Sparks
29. New York Liberty
30. Connecticut Sun
31. Indiana Fever
32. Phoenix Mercury
33. Indiana Fever
34. Los Angeles Sparks
35. Seattle Storm
36. Las Vegas Aces

WNBA Draft No. 1 overall pick history

Year Player School/Club Selecting team
2020 Sabrina Ionescu Oregon New York Liberty
2019 Jackie Young Notre Dame Las Vegas Aces
2018 A’ja Wilson South Carolina Las Vegas Aces
2017 Kelsey Plum Washington San Antonio Stars
2016 Breanna Stewart UConn Seattle Storm
2015 Jewell Loyd Notre Dame Seattle Storm
2014 Chiney Ogwumike Stanford Connecticut Sun
2013 Brittney Griner Baylor Phoenix Mercury
2012 Nneka Ogwumike Stanford Los Angeles Sparks
2011 Maya Moore UConn Minnesota Lynx
2010 Tina Charles UConn Connecticut Sun (from Liberty, via Sparks, via Lynx)
2009 Angel McCoughtry Louisville Atlanta Dream
2008 Candace Parker Tennessee Los Angeles Sparks
2007 Lindsey Harding Duke Phoenix Mercury (to Lynx)
2006 Seimone Augustus LSU Minnesota Lynx
2005 Janel McCarville Minnesota Charlotte Sting
2004 Diana Taurasi UConn Phoenix Mercury
2003 LaToya Thomas Mississippi State Cleveland Rockers
2002 Sue Bird UConn Seattle Storm
2001 Lauren Jackson Canberra (Australia) Seattle Storm
2000 Ann Wauters Valenciennes (France) Cleveland Rockers
1999 Chamique Holdsclaw Tennessee Washington Mystics
1998 Margo Dydek Fota Porta Gdynia (Poland) Utah Starzz
1997 Tina Thompson USC Houston Comets

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