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WNBA Draft 2021 date, start time, pick order, how to watch & more to know

A new WNBA season is fast approaching with training camps set to begin later this month. Before we get to the games, though, it’s time for one of the league’s biggest annual events.

The 2021 WNBA Draft will once again be held virtually amid the COVID-19 pandemic. WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the picks live on television, and prospects will participate in the festivities remotely.

“The opportunity for these elite athletes to reach this pinnacle and share this special moment with their families, friends and WNBA fans, even in a virtual format, will make for a truly memorable night especially as we commemorate the league’s 25th season and continue building momentum for the future of the league,” Engelbert said of this year’s draft.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 WNBA Draft, including how to watch the event live.

When is the WNBA Draft in 2021?

Date: April 15, 2021Time: 7 p.m. ET

The 2021 WNBA Draft will be held Thursday, April 15. The 2021 WNBA season will tip off on Friday, May 14.

WNBA Draft TV channel, how to live stream

You can watch the 2021 WNBA Draft on ESPN or stream it via the Watch ESPN app. Viewers can also create a personal experience through the WNBA app, which will feature a live chat room and a “Pick Your Pick” option for fans to vote on picks as the draft unfolds.

2021 WNBA Draft order

First round

Pick
Team
1.
Dallas Wings
2.
Dallas Wings
3.
Atlanta Dream
4.
Indiana Fever
5.
Dallas Wings
6.
New York Liberty
7.
Dallas Wings
8.
Chicago Sky
9.
Minnesota Lynx
10.
Los Angeles Sparks
11.
Seattle Storm
12.
Las Vegas Aces

Second round

Pick
Team
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

Third round

Pick
Team
25.
New York Liberty
26.
Indiana Fever
27.
Atlanta Dream
28.
Los Angeles Sparks
29.
New York Liberty
30.
Connecticut Sun
31.
Indiana Fever
32.
Phoenix Mercury
33.
Indiana Fever
34.
Los Angeles Sparks
35.
Seattle Storm
36.
Las Vegas Aces

WNBA Draft No. 1 overall pick history

Year
Player
School/Club
Selecting team
2020
Sabrina Ionescu
Oregon
New York Liberty
2019
Jackie Young
Notre Dame
Las Vegas Aces
2018
A’ja Wilson
South Carolina
Las Vegas Aces
2017
Kelsey Plum
Washington
San Antonio Stars
2016
Breanna Stewart
UConn
Seattle Storm
2015
Jewell Loyd
Notre Dame
Seattle Storm
2014
Chiney Ogwumike
Stanford
Connecticut Sun
2013
Brittney Griner
Baylor
Phoenix Mercury
2012
Nneka Ogwumike
Stanford
Los Angeles Sparks
2011
Maya Moore
UConn
Minnesota Lynx
2010
Tina Charles
UConn
Connecticut Sun (from Liberty, via Sparks, via Lynx)
2009
Angel McCoughtry
Louisville
Atlanta Dream
2008
Candace Parker
Tennessee
Los Angeles Sparks
2007
Lindsey Harding
Duke
Phoenix Mercury (to Lynx)
2006
Seimone Augustus
LSU
Minnesota Lynx
2005
Janel McCarville
Minnesota
Charlotte Sting
2004
Diana Taurasi
UConn
Phoenix Mercury
2003
LaToya Thomas
Mississippi State
Cleveland Rockers
2002
Sue Bird
UConn
Seattle Storm
2001
Lauren Jackson
Canberra (Australia)
Seattle Storm
2000
Ann Wauters
Valenciennes (France)
Cleveland Rockers
1999
Chamique Holdsclaw
Tennessee
Washington Mystics
1998
Margo Dydek
Fota Porta Gdynia (Poland)
Utah Starzz
1997
Tina Thompson
USC
Houston Comets

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