The 2021 WNBA draft is tonight, Thursday April 15 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET). All draft brochures will participate virtually.
The Dallas Wings have the two best picks in the WNBA Draft 2021 as well as two additional picks in the first round (5, 7). Here is the full list:
Many of this year’s NCAA tournament’s biggest stars – including Paige Bueckers, Aliyah Boston, Caitlin Clark, and Hayley Jones – are not eligible for this year’s draft.
To be eligible, players must turn 22 in the year the draft takes place. (There are some exceptions, such as if a player completes four year school within three months of drafting.) While the WNBA and the Players Association discussed draft eligibility rules during last year’s collective bargaining, the policy turned ultimately not changed. Still, appearances by young stars like Bueckers have revived the conversation.
« Sometimes, when so much needs to be addressed or resolved in CBA talks, not everything can be achieved, » said four-time WNBA champion Sue Bird earlier this month at a US basketball press conference.
« I wouldn’t be surprised if the conversation continues in the future … Draft picks – for me – are investments … and I have no doubt that people want to invest in a player like Paige [Bueckers] now. «
Diana Taurasi, who has won three WNBA titles, echoed that sentiment: » [Players] should have that option. It is a career path that you are taking. If you’re the best at your job, you should be able to keep getting better … «
The WNBA, which is celebrating its 25th season this year, is still a relatively small league there are only 144 players in the league, spread across 12 teams.
Of the 36 players drafted tonight, fewer than 12 are expected to join the WNBA roster when the season kicks off on May 14.
The reality is that many of today’s conscripts will never play a WNBA game. If they want to play professionally, their only option – at least in the near future – is to go overseas (which many WNBA players do in the « off-season »).
As Cheryl Reeve, Minnesota Lynx head coach, said in a media call on Wednesday: « Our G-League is an international game. »
Please see this for more information on this topic Column by Howard Megdal, the founder of The IX.
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