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2012 WNBA Draft Order is Set: The Los Angeles Sparks Win Draft Lottery

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The 2012 WNBA Draft order has been set, after today's lottery selections were finalized, in reverse order of the odds going into the lottery. Despite the odds stacked heavily in favor of the Tulsa Shock, their 44.2 percent of the lottery balls were stuffed in the far end of the machine as the Shock - badly in need of the top pick - will select fourth in the 2012 draft.

The second highest odds in the room belonged to Minnesota (via Washington) with a 27.6 percent of the lottery balls. The Lynx will be selecting third in the draft after scooping up the 2011 championship with last year's top pick, Maya Moore.

The Chicago Sky, with 17.8 percent odds, will take the second pick in the 2012 draft and head coach Pokey Chatman is pleased with the Sky's fortune in the lottery.

"I'm excited and look forward to utilizing the No. 2 pick to improve our team," said Chatman in a release. "Coupled with free agency, it gives a step in the direction necessary to reach our goals and succeed."

The surprising number one selection goes to the team with the lowest odds of receiving said selection - the Los Angeles Sparks. LA had only 10.4 percent of the lottery balls, but that's all it took for the purple and gold to come away with the top spot.

"There are some excellent players in the 2012 Draft class, and we are very excited to get the No. 1 pick and have the opportunity to add a very talented player to the Sparks roster," Sparks Vice President and General Manager Penny Toler said.

A complete flip flop of fortune for these four teams. Wow.

As a Tulsa supporter, this bums me out. The Shock didn't tank to beef up their odds, they just weren't very good last season. They truly need to continue to build a roster with solid draft picks. And their reward for a dismal season? The fourth pick in the draft. Sigh. Lottery balls don't like Tulsa, two years in the running for #1 and two times they've missed the opportunity to go first.

The remainder of the first round sets up like this:
5. San Antonio
6. Phoenix
7. New York
8. Washington from Atlanta (L. Harding/T Phillips, K. Miller - 4/11/11)
9. Connecticut
10. Washington from Seattle (K. Smith, J. Monroe/J. Thomas - 4/29/11)
11. Indiana
12. Minnesota

For the entire three-round draft order, visit WNBA.com's listing. For more on the 2012 WNBA Draft, visit our "WNBA Draft 2012" section.