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2009 WNBA Draft

2009 WNBA draft
General Information
Date April 9, 2009
Time 3:00 pm
Location Secaucus, New Jersey
Network(s) (US) ESPN2, NBATV, ESPNU
First selection Angel McCoughtry, Louisville
WNBA draft
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The 2009 WNBA Draft is the league's annual process for determining which teams receive the rights to negotiate with players entering the league. The draft was held on April 9, 2009. The first round was shown on ESPN2 (in HD for the first time ever) at 3:00pm ET, while the second and third rounds were shown on ESPNU and NBA TV at 4:00pm.

A lottery was held on December 9, 2008. The Atlanta Dream received the first overall selection of upcoming 2009 draft. The Washington Mystics received the number two selection. The Chicago Sky came up with the third overall selection, followed by the Minnesota Lynx at four, the Phoenix Mercury at number five. For the first time in WNBA history, the lottery balls were chosen exactly according to odds. Some of the top draftees were Angel McCoughtry, Marissa Coleman, Kristi Toliver, and Renee Montgomery.

Dispersal Draft

On December 1, 2008, the league announced that the Houston Comets would no longer operate. On December 8, a dispersal draft was held with teams being allowed to pick based on reverse order of 2008 records.
Pick Player Nationality New Team Former Team
1 Sancho Lyttle  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Atlanta Dream Houston Comets
2 Matee Ajavon  United States Washington Mystics Houston Comets
3 Mistie Williams
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