How The WNBA First-Round Picks Could Help Their New Teams

When evaluating the WNBA draft, held virtually on April 17, it’s worth keeping in mind some critical roster context. The draft is three rounds long, or 36 players. That’s fully 25 percent of what the league can hold at maximum capacity, with rosters capped at 12 players each for 12 teams. Team turnover, retirement rate and other changes won’t yield anything close to 36 roster spots. And the overall number of players in the league won’t actually be 144. The Washington Mystics, with their trade for Tina Charles, need to play at 11 strong to stay under the salary cap, Mike Thibault told me.

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