Liberty nab top WNBA draft pick for second straight year

Sabrina Ionescu is going to have some company.

For the second straight year — and second time in franchise history — the New York Liberty won the first-overall pick in the WNBA Draft lottery on Friday.

“This is an exciting night for the Liberty franchise and for our fans,” GM Jonathan Kolb said via press release. “Securing the top selection in the 2021 Draft ensures that we will have the opportunity to add a high character, elite level, player to our core group as we continue our efforts to build a championship-caliber team in Brooklyn.”

Ionescu, the top pick in 2020, missed most of her rookie season with an ankle injury, and will have a new running mate when the Liberty make their pick at the April 2021 Draft.

The Liberty had 44.2 percent odds to win the top pick with a two-year record of 12-44. They’ll also make the 17th, 25th, and 29th selections, with Nos. 17 and 29 coming in the team’s three-way trade that sent All-Star Tina Charles to Washington.

The Dallas Wings, Atlanta Dream and Indiana Fever will follow the Liberty’s lead with picks 2-4.