Phoenix walked away with the No. 1 pick in Wednesday's WNBA draft lottery. And while it made the Mercury's day, it was the worst-case scenario for Washington, which had the best odds of winning the top pick in the lottery.
Before the most anticipated draft in WNBA history, the Mystics, Shock, Sky and Mercury hope to win the No. 1 pick -- which likely will be Baylor game-changer Brittney Griner -- in Wednesday's draft lottery.
The Mercury's 4-17 record might just be the result of some injury misfortune. But Diana Taurasi's continued absence has some wondering if it's part of an orchestrated plan by Phoenix to maximize its draft-lottery potential.