Bristol, CT -- The ping pong balls bounced Seattle's way for the second year in a row, as the Storm won the draft lottery held Thursday night, and will be selecting first overall in the 2016 WNBA Draft.
The three other teams who missed the playoffs will be picking in reverse order of their two-year cumulative record: the San Antonio Stars will be picking second, the Connecticut Sun third and the Atlanta Dream fourth.
The expected top pick in next year's draft, UConn forward Breanna Stewart, would become the fifth Husky to be taken first overall, joining Sue Bird, Diana Taurasi, Tina Charles and Maya Moore.
"(Stewart is) kind of the future in terms of her versatility," Storm Head Coach Jenny Boucek said. "Coming from a program like UConn, a quarter of our team could possibly be UConn players, and we'd like that. We're trying to put in a system that is more positionless so she would be a good fit if we decide to take her."
This is the third draft lottery the Storm have won. Seattle selected Sue Bird first overall in 2002 after winning the inaugural WNBA Draft Lottery. The Storm selected Jewell Lloyd first in last year's draft, who was just named Rookie of the Year for the 2015 season.
This third lottery win ties Seattle with the Minnesota Lynx and the Phoenix Mercury for the most in league history. This is also the seventh time the team with the best odds will be selecting first overall in the upcoming draft.
The 15th annual draft lottery was the first since the league changed its format. Last month, the WNBA announced a team's odds of getting the top pick would be based on their cumulative record from the two most recent seasons. This year's lottery followed "chalk" for just the third time in its history.
"As it turned out it was exactly by the odds, and that's the way things tend to turn out over time," Connecticut Sun CEO Mitchell Etess said. "I'd hoped we'd maybe move up a spot, maybe two spots if we got super lucky, but the reality is we are going to get a really good player at No. 3, and whoever we end up getting is going to be a big asset to our team."
The fate of the four lottery teams was televised on ESPN2 during halftime of game one of the Western Conference Finals between the Mercury and Lynx.
The order for the rest of the first round is determined by team's regular season record: Los Angeles will pick fifth, Tulsa sixth, Washington seventh, Phoenix eighth, Indiana ninth, Chicago tenth, with Atlanta (from Minnesota) and New York rounding out the top 12 picks.