The Winners and Losers of the 2022 WNBA Draft

After trading their No. 3 and No. 14 picks for the No. 1 selection ahead of the draft, the Atlanta Dream selected what could become their franchise player in Kentucky’s Rhyne Howard.

Fever general manager Linn Dunn sought to restore Indiana to Eastern Conference contention as the franchise became the first team in WNBA draft history to have four first-round picks,

Washington returned Ole Miss center Shakira Austin closer to home with the Mystics selecting her at No. 3 while the Aces pulled off perhaps the biggest steal in the draft by selecting Florida Gulf Coast 

While the draft was centered on new players entering the league and witnessing their dreams come true, the night also focused on the efforts of bringing home Mercury center Brittney Griner,

WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert called Griner's situation as a “top priority” in her opening statement at the draft and that “everybody in our ecosystem”

In a draft that featured a ton of talent at various positions, here are the winners and losers of Monday’s draft.

After dealing their No. 3 and No. 14 picks ahead of the draft, Dream first-year general Dan Padover and head coach Tanisha Wright 

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