WNBA draft set for April 15

4/1/2021 5:11:00 PM EST

The WNBA will hold its draft on April 15, with WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert announcing the draft picks live on ESPN while the top picks attend the event virtually.

The Dallas Wings have the first two picks, as well as fifth and seventh overall selections, positioning the team to become the first in league history to make the top two selections -- and four in the first round -- in a single draft.

The Atlanta Dream pick third, followed by the Indiana Fever. The New York Liberty select sixth, the Chicago Sky eighth, Minnesota Lynx ninth and the Los Angeles Sparks 10th, followed by the Seattle Storm and Las Vegas Aces to round out the first round.

Throughout the draft, the WNBA will feature its players discussing COVID vaccines with a focus on health equity and will provide previews of the league's historic, upcoming 25th season. It will also include guest appearances from WNBA legends, including Tina Thompson, the first player selected in league history, when she went No. 1 overall by the Houston Comets in 1997. Thompson played a major role in leading the Rockets to four straight league titles from 1997-2000.

"The opportunity for these elite athletes to reach this pinnacle and share this special moment with their families, friends and WNBA fans," Engelbert said in a statement. "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."

The season is expected to open with training camp in late April, with the season beginning in the middle of May.

--Field Level Media

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