The 2021 WNBA Draft is going down on Thursday, April 15, at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. The draft will feature all threes rounds in one night with 36 total picks being made.
The first round of the WNBA Draft order has been rocked by a series of trades. The Dallas Wings own the first two picks in the draft, and also own the No. 5 pick. Dallas was set to pick at No. 7 overall as well, but traded the pick earlier this week to the Los Angeles Sparks for a 2022 first round selection. The Sparks will pick at No. 10 overall, as well.
Dallas also has the first pick in the second round — No. 13 overall — giving them a clear opportunity to reshape the future of the team in this draft.
There isn’t a clear star at the top of the draft. While UConn’s Paige Bueckers, Iowa’s Caitlin Clarke, and Stanford’s Haley Jones and Cameron Brink were among college basketball’s biggest stars this year, none were eligible for the 2021 draft. American college players must be at least 22 years old, finished with their college eligibility, graduated from a four-year college, or be four years removed from high school to enter the draft. That means Bueckers won’t be able to enter until 2023 or 2024.
The top prospects who are eligible for the draft include 6’5 Texas center Charli Collier, 6’5 Finnish big Awak Kuier, Rutgers guard Arella Guirantes, and Arizona guard Aari McDonald.
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Here’s the draft order for the first two rounds:
1. Dallas Wings (via Liberty)
2. Dallas Wings
3. Atlanta Dream
4. Indiana Fever
5. Dallas Wings from Mystics (via Liberty)
6. New York Liberty from Sun (via Mercury)
7. Los Angeles Sparks from Sky (via Wings)
8. Chicago Sky from Mercury (via Wings)
9. Minnesota Lynx
10. Los Angeles Sparks
11. Seattle Storm
12. Las Vegas Aces
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
We’ll update this post as the picks roll in.