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2022 WNBA Draft Lottery Results: Mystics get the No. 1 pick!

This is the first time since 1999 when they had the No. 1 pick in the draft!

2021 Washinton Mystics Media Day
The Mystics hold the cards in the 2022 WNBA Draft!
Photo by Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

On Sunday, the WNBA held its lottery for the 2022 Draft. And the WASHINGTON MYSTICS HOLD THE CARDS! THEY HAVE THE NO. 1 PICK IN THE DRAFT!!!!!!!!!

Natasha Cloud represented the Mystics on the day of the lottery, where she replaced Chamique Holdsclaw last minute.

Washington initially had the third-best odds of winning the draft at 17.8 percent. They surpassed the Indiana Fever and Atlanta Dream, who will pick second and third, respectively. The Dallas Wings (via the Los Angeles Sparks) had the fourth-best odds of picking first in the draft and will pick at No. 4 next year.

My reaction? Wow! All my years suffering as a Mystics fan in the 2000s and early 2010s are turning around. The Mystics won the title just two years ago and will now have their pick on who to choose in next year’s draft! Alternatively, they could use that pick to trade for a superstar, but this very rarely happens.

The top college senior in this year’s WNBA Draft is generally regarded to be 6’2 Kentucky guard Rhyne Howard, who is a three-time All-SEC first-team player — and she could have been a top pick in last year’s draft if it weren’t for some technicalities. Now that she’s a senior, there’s little doubt that she would be one of the top prospects on General Manager and Head Coach Mike Thibault’s radar. That said, the college season is long and we will take a look at more prospects as well.

The 2022 WNBA Draft will be held at a date to be determined next April.