2021 WNBA Draft: Presented by State Farm

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2021 WNBA Draft Selections

  1. 1

    Charli Collier
    Charli CollierTexas6-6Guard/Forward
    PPG9.5
    RPG7.3
    APG0.3
    SPG0.5
  2. 2

    Awak Kuier
    Awak KuierFinland6-4Center
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  3. 3

    Aari McDonald
    Aari McDonaldArizona5-6Guard
    PPG21.7
    RPG5.9
    APG4.3
    SPG2.5
  4. 4

    Kysre Gondrezick
    Kysre GondrezickWest Virginia5-9Guard
    PPG17.1
    RPG3.3
    APG3.8
    SPG1.57
  5. 5

    Chelsea Dungee
    Chelsea DungeeArkansas5-11Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  6. 6

    Michaela Onyenwere
    Michaela OnyenwereUCLA6-0Forward
    PPG14.9
    RPG7.3
    APG1.2
    SPG1.18
  7. 7

    Jasmine Walker
    Jasmine WalkerAlabama6-3Forward
    PPG12.4
    RPG7.2
    APG1.1
    SPG0.8
  8. 8

    Shyla Heal
    Shyla HealLake Ginninderra College5-6Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  9. 9

    Rennia Davis
    Rennia DavisTennessee6-2Guard/Forward
    PPG15.4
    RPG8
    APG2
    SPG1
  10. 10

    Stephanie Watts
    Stephanie WattsNorth Carolina5-11Guard
    PPG15.3
    RPG7.3
    APG2.6
    SPG1.7
  11. 11

    Aaliyah Wilson
    Aaliyah WilsonTexas A&M5-11Guard
    PPG10.1
    RPG4.7
    APG2
    SPG1.4
  12. 12

    Iliana Rupert
    Iliana RupertEmlyon Business School6-4Center
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  13. 13

    Dana Evans
    Dana EvansLouisville5-6Guard
    PPG12.7
    RPG2.4
    APG3.9
    SPG1.2
  14. 14

    Destiny Slocum
    Destiny SlocumArkansas5-7Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  15. 15

    Raquel Carrera
    Raquel Carrera6-3Center
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  16. 16

    Natasha Mack
    Natasha MackOklahoma State6-4Forward
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  17. 17

    DiDi Richards
    DiDi RichardsBaylor6-2Guard
    PPG6.8
    RPG4.2
    APG3.7
    SPG1.3
  18. 18

    Kiana Williams
    Kiana WilliamsStanford5-8Guard
    PPG14.7
    RPG1.9
    APG2.8
    SPGn/a
  19. 19

    Unique Thompson
    Unique ThompsonAuburn6-3Forward
    PPG14.1
    RPG10.6
    APG1.3
    SPG1.7
  20. 20

    DiJonai Carrington
    DiJonai CarringtonBaylor5-11Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  21. 21

    Micaela Kelly
    Micaela KellyCentral Michigan5-6Guard
    PPG15.6
    RPG5
    APG4.1
    SPG1.5
  22. 22

    Arella Guirantes
    Arella GuirantesRutgers5-11Guard
    PPG17.2
    RPG5.3
    APG3
    SPG1.56
  23. 23

    N’dea Jones
    N’dea JonesTexas A&M6-2Forward
    PPG8.4
    RPG9.2
    APG0.9
    SPG0.9
  24. 24

    Trinity Baptiste
    Trinity BaptisteArizona6-0Forward
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  25. 25

    Valerie Higgins
    Valerie HigginsPacific6-1Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  26. 26

    Chelsey Perry
    Chelsey PerryTennessee-Martin6-2Guard
    PPG23.1
    RPG7.0
    APG2.0
    SPG1.6
  27. 27

    Lindsay Pulliam
    Lindsay PulliamNorthwestern5-10Guard
    PPG16.5
    RPG4.2
    APG2
    SPG0.96
  28. 28

    Ivana Raca
    Ivana RacaWake Forest6-2Forward
    PPG16.8
    RPG9.0
    APG1.6
    SPGn/a
  29. 29

    Marine Fauthoux
    Marine FauthouxINSEP5-9Guard
    PPG11
    RPG4.8
    APG3.2
    SPGn/a
  30. 30

    Aleah Goodman
    Aleah GoodmanOregon State5-9Guard
    PPG8.6
    RPG2.2
    APG2.7
    SPG0.6
  31. 31

    Florencia Chagas
    Florencia Chagas5-11Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  32. 32

    Ciera Johnson
    Ciera JohnsonTexas A&M6-4Center
    PPG11.6
    RPG7.6
    APG1
    SPG0.9
  33. 33

    Maya Caldwell
    Maya CaldwellGeorgia5-11Guard
    PPG7.7
    RPG3.1
    APG1.7
    SPGn/a
  34. 34

    Aina Ayuso
    Aina Ayuso5-9Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
  35. 35

    Natalie Kucowski
    Natalie KucowskiLafayette6-3Forward
    PPG17.5
    RPG13.2
    APG3.7
    SPGn/a
  36. 36

    Kionna Jeter
    Kionna JeterTowson5-8Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a

Players In Consideration

  • Akienreh Johnson
    Akienreh JohnsonMichigan6-0Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Asheika Alexander
    Asheika AlexanderLangston5-10Guard/Forward
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Blanca Millan
    Blanca MillanMaine6-1Guard
    PPG14.6
    RPG4.2
    APG1.8
    SPG2.5
    Draft Declaration
  • Chasity Patterson
    Chasity PattersonKentucky5-5Guard
    PPG12
    RPG2.5
    APG2
    SPG2.1
    Draft Declaration
  • Deja Church
    Deja ChurchDePaul5-10Guard
    PPG13.6
    RPG5.3
    APG2.3
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Destinee Walker
    Destinee WalkerNotre Dame5-10Guard
    PPG11.7
    RPG2.7
    APG2.3
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Gabby Connally
    Gabby ConnallyGeorgia5-6Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Janelle Bailey
    Janelle BaileyNorth Carolina6-4Center
    PPG15.1
    RPG8.9
    APG1.2
    SPG0.7
    Draft Declaration
  • Jenn Wirth
    Jenn WirthGonzaga6-3Forward
    PPG13.2
    RPG8.4
    APG2.3
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Jill Townsend
    Jill TownsendGonzaga5-11Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Johanna Muzet
    Johanna MuzetRhode Island6-0Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Jordan Jenkins
    Jordan JenkinsUTEP5-5Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Kasiyahna Kushkituah
    Kasiyahna KushkituahTennessee6-4Center
    PPG6.7
    RPG6.4
    APG1.3
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Kate Cain
    Kate CainNebraska6-5Center
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • LaPresha Stanley
    LaPresha StanleyAppalachian State5-9Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • LeeAnne Wirth
    LeeAnne WirthGonzaga6-3Forward
    PPG8.9
    RPG5.8
    APG1.8
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Lore Devos
    Lore DevosColorado State6-1Guard
    PPG12.3
    RPG7.1
    APG1.5
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Mikayla Vaughn
    Mikayla VaughnNotre Dame6-3Center
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Petra Holešínská
    Petra HolešínskáNorth Carolina5-10Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Selena Lott
    Selena LottMarquette5-11Guard
    PPGn/a
    RPGn/a
    APGn/a
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Sierra Campisano
    Sierra CampisanoCal Poly6-3Forward
    PPG15.5
    RPG8.6
    APG2.0
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Tesia Thompson
    Tesia ThompsonSoutheast Missouri State5-10Guard
    PPG9.3
    RPG4.9
    APG0.8
    SPGn/a
    Draft Declaration
  • Tiana Mangakahia
    Tiana MangakahiaSyracuse5-6Guard
    PPG17.1
    RPG4.4
    APG9.1
    SPG2.4
    Draft Declaration
  • Tyra Whitehead
    Tyra WhiteheadSan Jose State6-3Forward
    PPG13.9
    RPG10.1
    APG1.3
    SPG2.2
    Draft Declaration

Who has the first pick in the 2022 WNBA Draft?

The Dallas Wings, Washington Mystics, Indiana Fever, and Atlanta Dream will have the Top 4 picks in the 2022 WNBA Draft.

How to watch the 2021 WNBA Draft: TV channel, live streaming

You can watch the 2021 WNBA draft on ESPN this year! The WNBA Draft 2021 presented by State Farm® will be held on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET.

  • 2021 WNBA Draft date: Thursday April 15
  • 2021 WNBA Draft time: 7 – 10 PM EST
  • 2021 WNBA Draft TV channel: ESPN
  • 2021 WNBA Draft live stream: ESPN app

Commissioner Cathy Engelbert will announce the draft picks live on ESPN beginning at 7 p.m. ET; top prospects will take part virtually. The telecast will feature WNBA players discussing COVID vaccines with a focus on health equity and will provide previews of the league’s upcoming 25th season, featuring guest appearances from WNBA legends, including Tina Thompson, the first player selected in the inaugural WNBA Draft of April 28, 1997.

Pre-draft festivities will tip off the morning of April 15 on wnba.com, the WNBA App, and other WNBA social media platforms when the Virtual Orange Carpet will give fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse at some of the top draft prospects as they showcase their personalities and their unique styles while preparing for this life-changing moment.

Through the WNBA App and the WNBA website, fans can choose from multiple digital activations throughout the evening, all designed to enhance the draft viewing experience, including “Pick Your Pick” and “Draft Chat.” 

Through “Pick Your Pick,” fans will cast their votes on who they believe should be the next player to hear their name called on draft night. The Draft Chat room, which will go live at 6 p.m. ET, is designed to create a sense of community for WNBA fans, will give fans unique access to inside takes and live analysis of key draft prospects and their potential impact on teams and the league, as well as an opportunity to hear from special guests. 

Explore the 2021 WNBA Draft

Get the answers to all your 2021 WNBA Draft questions right here!

1. How many players get drafted?

In 2020, the WNBA drafted in 36 new players to the league on draft night. The WNBA is a hard league to break into because each of the 12 teams can only bring on 12 players during the regular season. Teams can only have 15 players in training camp at one time. And, in 2021, some teams are going with the minimum of 11 players, rather than the maximum of 12, to fit multiple max contracts under the $1.3 million salary cap. Players picked in the bottom half of the draft from 18th and beyond are the most likely to be cut after camps this year unfortunately.

2. Who has the first pick 2021 in the WNBA Draft?

The Dallas Wings have the first pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft. The New York Liberty had the first pick, after getting it for the second year in a row. It was also just the second time in franchise history that they’ll have the No. 1 pick, after selecting Sabrina Ionescu last year. 

But the Dallas Wings on February 10, 2021 announced that they acquired the number one overall pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft from Seattle via New York for forward Katie Lou Samuelson and Dallas’s second-round pick in 2022.

The Dallas Wings own the top pick in the draft, as well as the No. 2, 5 and 7 picks in the first round. If the Wings keep and use the No. 1 and No. 2 picks, they will become the first WNBA team ever to make the top two picks in a single draft. Dallas also could become the first team to make four first-round selections in a single draft.

3. How much do WNBA draft picks make?

Draft picks’ base salaries vary depending on how high each player was drafted. The first four picks in the WNBA draft will earn $69,360 in 2021 reported HerHoopStats. The base salary then decreases to $66,555 for the fifth through the eighth picks and $63,751 for the remaining first-round selections. Learn more about WNBA salaries.

4. Who is eligible to be drafted for the WNBA?

American draft entrants must be at least 22 years old during the year in which the draft takes place and have no remaining college eligibility or renounce any future college eligibility. International players must be 20 years to be deemed eligible. Athletes have 48 hours after their last game in the NCAA tournament to make and declare their decision.

5. How is the WNBA Draft order and draft lottery determined?

This year New York Liberty won the top pick in the 2021 WNBA Draft presented by State Farm but traded it to The Dallas Wings. The Dallas Wings got the second overall pick, followed by the Atlanta Dream at No. 3 and Indiana Fever at No. 4. 

Here’s what round 1 will look like in 2021

  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

The draft lottery features the four teams that did not make the playoffs. Starting with the 2017 Draft, lottery odds are determined by taking into account the team’s two-year cumulative record.

Is interest in the WNBA Draft growing?

Check out how many people are searching for the WNBA Draft topic on Google Trends over the last 5 years. Last year’s draft got the most interest so far! Watch this year’s peak as it builds. It’s already starting!

Explore 2021 WNBA mock drafts 

Check out the third version of ESPN.com’s WNBA mock draft, and how the NCAA tournament results so far might have impacted potential draftees. Their top three picks are:

  1. Dallas Wings: Charli Collier*, C, Texas
  2. Dallas Wings: Awak Kuier, PF, Finland
  3. Atlanta Dream: Arella Guirantes, SG, Rutgers

Winsidr’s Ben Dull also predicts a similar top three in their WNBA mock draft.

Discover WNBA Draft history

Travel back in time and check out the full history of the WNBA Draft, including interesting videos, articles and even fun quizzes, from every year the draft has taken place. See great first pick reactions, mock drafts, and stats for every player ever drafted! Plus check out the top 10 WNBA Draft steals of all time, and the greatest WNBA Draft picks ever.

1997 WNBA Draft

1997 was the first WNBA draft. It had three different types of drafts as the WNBA had to build all of its rosters. 

1998 WNBA Draft

Two expansion teams joined the league so there was also an expansion draft and an allocation draft this year to go along with the traditional draft. 

1999 WNBA Draft

More WNBA expansion took place. So there once again was an expansion draft. Players from the American Basketball League were also added to the WNBA family. 

2000 WNBA Draft

Another year of expansion another year of multiples drafts. The new millennium begun with a third year of WNBA basketball and a third year of growth.

2001 WNBA Draft

This was the first draft where this only one draft! Just the traditional draft of college players becoming professional WNBA players. No expansion draft whatsoever. 

2002 WNBA Draft

This draft had notable stars such as Sue Bird selected in the first round. It also featured the first time the WNBA implemented a draft lottery to select the teams who would pick at the top of the draft. 

2003 WNBA Draft

The 2003 WNBA Draft had a dispersal draft along with a traditional draft. Due to two teams folding and two teams moving to new cities. The draft was also reduced from four rounds to three. 

2004 WNBA Draft

Another dispersal draft occurred in 2004 for the Cleveland Rockers who no longer existed after the 2003 season. 

2005 WNBA Draft

2005 was a traditional draft with just the selection of college players eligible being selected. The first pick overall was Janel McCarville.

2006 WNBA Draft

The 2006 draft marked the tenth WNBA draft of all time. A tremendous accomplishment for a new league that has fought and persevered through th years to continue to grow and succeed.

2007 WNBA Draft

2007 featured another dispersal draft due to the Charlotte Sting folding. 

2008 WNBA Draft

Notable players such as Candace Parker and Sylvia Fowles were drafted in 2008 adding more star power to the WNBA.

2009 WNBA Draft

There was another dispersal draft due to Houston Rockets folding. This 2008 draft marked the thirteenth WNBA Draft in the league’s history. 

2010 WNBA Draft

This was the first draft of the new decade. Interesting fact: the Sacramento Monarchs folded after the draft was over so their picks were just eliminated. 

2011 WNBA Draft

No teams dissolved this year so it was just a traditional draft. Maya Moore was drafted at number one. 

2012 WNBA Draft

2012 draft featured new stars like Nneka Ogwumike and Devereaux Peters.

2013 WNBA Draft

The draft was shown on SportsCenter for the first time on April 15th. The draft featured the “three to see” players which were Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner, and Skylar Diggins-Smith.

2014 WNBA Draft

The draft lottery was shown during prime time on SportsCenter on December 10, 2013. At this point the WNBA draft was growing into a bigger and bigger event. 

2015 WNBA Draft

Jewell Lloyd went number one and left school a year early. This was extremely rare at the time and is something we will be seeing more and more of.

2016 WNBA Draft

2016 marked the twentieth year of the WNBA – a tremendous accomplishment for the W. Another historic thing happened during the draft: Three UCONN players were selected in the first round. An incredible testament to the development and quality of players coming out of UCONN.

2017 WNBA Draft

The 2017 Draft featured no UCONN players in the first round and had a lot of PAC 12 love with players drafted from Washington, Oregon State, and Stanford.

2018 WNBA Draft

In 2018 UCONN came back with a vengeance having three players selected in the first round of the draft.

2019 WNBA Draft

The 2019 WNBA draft took place at the Nike New York Headquarters. Round One was televised on ESPN 2 with round two and three being televised on ESPN U

2020 WNBA Draft

The 2020 WNBA Draft was unlike any other. Due to the coronavirus pandemic it was held completely virtually. The WNBA and ESPN did a fantastic job working through all the challenges of running an all virtual draft. 

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