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2022 WNBA Draft: How to Watch, Live Stream, Watch Online, TV, Start Time, Mock Draft, Order, Key Storylines

A long and interesting winter is finally behind us, and a new WNBA season is just a month away. But before we get to the games, there’s still one major item on the agenda: the 2022 WNBA Draft, which is scheduled for Monday, April 11.

After the last two drafts were held virtually due to COVID-19, this year’s edition will once again be an individual affair in New York. Prospects in attendance will have an “orange carpet” to show off their fashion styles, and those players will later be called upon to walk the stage and meet Commissioner Kathy Engelbert.

The big question for most players is when will this happen? Kentucky guard Rhine Howard and boiler forward Nalissa Smith will almost certainly lead 1-2 in some order, while Ole Miss big Shakira Austin has solidified herself as the No. 3 pick. Beyond that, though, almost certainly isn’t. The Washington Mystics have the top overall pick, followed by the Indiana Fever, who have their first four round picks.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 WNBA Draft:

2022 WNBA Draft

  • When: Monday, April 11th, 7PM ET
  • Where: Spring Studio, New York City
  • TV: ESPN | live stream: watchESPN

first round draft order

1. Washington Mystics
2. Indiana Fever
3. Atlanta Dream
4. Indiana Fever (via Los Angeles)
5. New York Liberty
6. Indiana Fever (via Dallas)
7. Dallas Wings (via Chicago)
8. Minnesota Lynx (via Phoenix)
9. Los Angeles Sparks (via Seattle)
10. Indiana Fever (via Minnesota)
11. Las Vegas Aces
12. Connecticut Sun

Main story

Who goes number 1?

Some years, it gets fixed months in advance. Others, it goes right down the wire. The 2022 draft leans more towards the latter. Rhyne Howard, a wing out of Kentucky who is an elite scorer and multi-position defender, was long considered a top prospect, and is still the first favorite to go. That’s no guarantee, though, as extremely athletic baller forward NaLyssa Smith has put together a stellar senior season to establish herself as the top frontcourt player in the class. Mystics head coach and general manager Mike Thibault isn’t the kind of person who will just go by consensus, which adds a little more intrigue.

night fever control

Fever has been a mess for the past few years, and the biggest reason they haven’t been able to turn things around is their poor draft record. Since missing the playoffs for the first time in 2016, he has five picks in the first round. Neither of them have made the All-Star Game, with only two left in the team and they have waived each of their previous two lotteries after a combined 44 appearances. New interim GM Lin Dun will have a chance to change that trend as Fever has the No. 2 overall selection, and four of the top-10 selections.

back in person

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WNBA had to make some draft adjustments over the years. It became a virtual event, with commissioner Kathy Engelbert announcing and congratulating prospects over a video call. It was the safe thing to do, but it certainly wasn’t ideal for anyone involved. This year, however, the event will return to the individual, which should lead to a better experience for all. In particular, it would be great for prospects invited to draft to walk the stage and have their moment.

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