The 2020 wheels are already turning
Look, no one blames you for being hyper-focused on the extremely tight 2019 WNBA playoff race.
But there is another series of conversations and calculations going on within the league right now, and they have to do with an event that isn’t this fall, but rather next April: the 2020 WNBA Draft.
We have a fairly decent understanding at this point of who will be the likeliest quartet in the lottery, though they could each make a run. And furthermore, given the league’s lottery setup, with anti-tanking initiative taking two-year record as the source of ping pong ball preferences, we know who is likeliest to end up in each of the 1-4 slots.
So while this is subject to change, it gives us insight into who is best bet to pick when. The results shake up a lot of what is current conventional wisdom. A bumper crop of early entry candidates could shake things up further.
Still, after conversations with many WNBA talent evaluators, this is my best read on how the draft would play out as of right now.