1. Phoenix Mercury: Brittney Griner, Baylor Lady Bears
The only way this doesn't happen is someone offers to...actually, never mind. This is going to happen.
2. Chicago Sky: Elena Delle Donne, Delaware Blue Hens
Should they entertain Skylar Diggins here? Sure. But for me, Delle Donne is simply too good to pass on - 6'5" guards shooting 45% from the 3-point line aren't just growing on trees.
3. Tulsa Shock: Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
They need someone who can handle the ball and get to the rim and Diggins fits the bill perfectly. Aside from filling the role of distributor, she's a great fit defensively on a team with Glory Johnson, Candice Wiggins, and Riquna Williams. They're going to force a lot of turnovers together.
4. Washington Mystics: Tayler Hill, Ohio State Buckeyes
Obviously the Mystics have a number of options here: there are a number of post possibilities and it wouldn't be shocking to see Kelly Faris be the pick. They also need a point guard and Lindsey Moore has been really efficient this season. But for most of the season, Hill has been my #4 (I've gone back and forth between her and Tianna Hawkins) and I have her as the best player available after the three to see.
Update at 9:20 am PST: in light of the trade for Quanitra Hollingsworth, I see even less chance of a post going here. As thewiz06 has been saying for sometime the choice will probably be one of the guards.
5. New York Liberty: Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M Aggies
Bone is not clearly the best player available to me as she seems to be for most people, but if anyone can get the most out of her it seems to be Bill Laimbeer.
6. Seattle Storm: Tianna Hawkins, Maryland Terrapins
Seattle needs a big and an argument could definitely be made that Hawkins is the best available on the board. She'll definitely contribute rebounding right away and is the most efficient power forward in the draft.
7. New York Liberty: Toni Young, Oklahoma State
I could easily see the Liberty going with Kelly Faris here, especially if they do take a big at #5, but Young is an athlete who has enormous potential with the right coach and situation.
8. San Antonio Silver Stars: Kayla Alexander, Syracuse Orange
Alexander wasn't invited to the draft, but she is the best all-around post prospect on the board after Griner and I just struggle to see how San Antonio could pass on her here. In fact, this could be another year where the Silver Stars end up getting a bit of a bargain.
9. Indiana Fever: Kelly Faris, Connecticut Huskies
Faris could absolutely go earlier than this and I don't see her falling below this point. She'll defend and bring a player who knows how to play a role on a winning team.
10. Los Angeles Sparks: Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown Hoyas
I always struggle to figure out what the Sparks will do on draft day and Rodgers is sort of a wild card to me. But given that she was invited to the draft I figure she'll go somewhere in the next 2-3 picks or early in the second round.
11. Connecticut Sun: Layshia Clarendon, California Golden Bears
Connecticut needs help on the wing and on the interior, but the top posts are off the board at this point and Clarendon is probably the most promising wing remaining on the board. As one person told me, she probably has a game more suited to the pros and that mid-range shot is money.
12. Minnesota Lynx: Lindsey Moore, Nebraska Cornhuskers
At this point, the Lynx should be looking for the best player available and on paper that player is Lindsey Moore, who is the most efficient point guard in this draft. Concerns about her speed could make her fall a bit, but Lindsay Whalen would be a great mentor for her.
What do you see as the first round draft order or maybe into the second round? Feel free to write up a fan post or post your thoughts in the comments.