The Atlanta Dream made Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard the primary total choose within the 2022 WNBA draft on Monday evening. Howard and Baylor’s NaLyssa Smith led WNBA mock drafts all season.
The Dream acquired the choose in a commerce with the Washington Mystics final Wednesday. The Mystics, which acquired the No. 3 choose and the No. 14 choose as a part of the deal, gained the draft lottery in December despite the fact that the Indiana Fever held the very best odds at 44%. The Fever have 4 picks within the first spherical.
The draft was held eight days after South Carolina gained its second nationwide championship in program historical past at Target Center in Minneapolis. Held at Spring Studios within the Tribeca part of New York City, it’s the first in-person draft since 2019.
A complete of 108 collegiate participant renounced the remainder of their NCAA eligibility to enter the draft, however solely 36 gamers are drafted yearly. Roster spots are scarce within the WNBA with solely 12 most allowed per staff, however many trimmed to the minimal of 11 due to the wage cap. Those drafted exterior of the primary spherical are lengthy pictures to make rosters for 2022.
Players will report for coaching camps that start April 17. The twenty sixth season suggestions off on Friday, May 6 with an extended 36-game schedule for every staff with the Finals wrapping up earlier than the 2022 FIBA World Cup scheduled for September. The WNBA launched extra particulars of its TV schedule final week that features video games on ABC, CBS and Prime.
This put up will likely be up to date with every choose.
2022 WNBA draft order
1. Atlanta Dream (from Washington) — Rhyne Howard, Kentucky
Howard, a 6-foot-2 guard, averaged 20.5 factors, 7.4 rebounds and three.3 assists per recreation for the Wildcats this season. Kentucky shocked eventual champion South Carolina within the SEC match championship recreation, however took an early exit from the NCAA match. Over 4 years at Kentucky, Howard was 44% from the sphere and 38.2% from 3-point vary. The Chattanooga, Tennessee, native is a two-time SEC Player of the Year choice and solely the ninth participant to be a three-time Associated Press All-America first staff choose.
2. Indiana Fever — NaLyssa Smith, Baylor
Smith, a 6-foot-4 ahead, averaged 22.1 factors and 11.5 rebounds per recreation for the Bears in 2021-22. She shot 55% from the sphere. Under first-year Baylor head coach Nicki Collen, previously of the Atlanta Dream, Smith expanded her shot to past the arc. The Texas native gained the Wade Trophy because the nation’s finest participant final season and added a second Katrina McClain Award this 12 months as the very best energy ahead in Division I. Smith had the second-highest win share (12.8) behind South Carolina’s Naismith winner Aliyah Boston.
3. Washington Mystics (from Atlanta) — Shakira Austin, Ole Miss
Austin, a 6-foot-5 heart, averaged 15.2 factors, 9 rebounds and a pair of.1 blocks per recreation in her second season with Ole Miss. The Fredericksburg, Virginia, native was an all-ACC participant with Maryland and transferred to Ole mIss earlier than the 2020-21 season. The program went 7-23 earlier than her arrival and 23-7 this 12 months to make it again to the match for the primary time since 2007.
4. Indiana Fever (from Los Angeles)
6. Indiana Fever (from Dallas)
7. Dallas Wings (from Chicago)
8. Los Vegas Aces (from Phoenix)
9. Los Angeles Sparks (from Seattle)
10. Indiana Fever (from Minnesota)
11. Las Vegas Aces
12. Connecticut Sun
13. Las Vegas Aces (from Indiana)
14. Washington Mystics (from Atlanta)
15. Atlanta Dream (from Los Angeles)
16. Los Angeles Sparks (from Washington)
17. Seattle Storm (from New York)
18. Seattle Storm (from Dallas)
19. Los Angeles Sparks (from Chicago)
20. Indiana Fever (from Phoenix)
21. Seattle Storm
22. Minnesota Lynx
23. Las Vegas Aces
24. Connecticut Sun
25. Indiana Fever
26. Phoenix Mercury (from Atlanta)
27. Los Angeles Sparks
28. Minnesota Lynx (from Washington)
29. New York Liberty
30. Dallas Wings
31. Dallas Wings (from Chicago)
32. Pheonix Mercury
33. Seattle Storm
34. Indiana Fever (from Minnesota)
35. Las Vegas Aces
36. Connecticut Sun