2023 WNBA Draft
Finally the 2023 WNBA Draft, Indiana Fever wins the lottery and receives the first overall selection in the 2023 WNBA draft. The Indiana Fever will receive the top overall choice in the WNBA Draft for the first time in team history. It couldn’t have arrived at a better moment.
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Due to their 11-57 record over the past two seasons, the Fever had a 44% chance of receiving the No. 1 choice in Friday night’s lottery. The Minnesota Lynx were chosen second, the Atlanta Dream third, and the Washington Mystics fourth in next spring’s draft.
The franchise had a WNBA-record four first-round choices in the previous draft, including the No. 2 pick (NaLyssa Smith). While the youthful players, notably Smith and Queen Egbo, both All-Rookie picks, showed potential, it could not transfer into victories. The squad finished the season with an 18-game losing streak and is on its third head coach since the start of the season. Marianne Stanley was sacked following a 2-7 start. Carlos Knox, the interim coach, was not retained at the end of the season.
“This is a fantastic draft,” Indiana Fever interim general manager Lin Dunn stated. “If we achieve No. 1, that’s amazing on 2023 WNBA Draft. Fantastic if we reach No. 2 or No. 3. We’re going to acquire a terrific player in the upcoming round.”
The Fever also hold the No. 7 selection in the first round at the 2023 WNBA Draft. This will be the franchise’s fourth top-three selection in five seasons.
Aliyah Boston is the draft’s consensus #1 pick this year. As a junior, the South Carolina native averaged 16.8 points and 12.5 rebounds while shooting 54.2% from the field. She had 11 points and 16 rebounds in the national championship game versus UConn at the 2023 WNBA Draft.
Diamond Miller of Maryland and Haley Jones of Stanford are two more prominent players.