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2024 WNBA Draft: After Caitlin Clark, Who’s No. 2?

There is not much question that record-breaking Iowa star Caitlin Clark is going to be the first player off the board when the WNBA Draft is held on Monday, with the WNBA odds listing Clark at -25000 to be the top selection by the Indiana Fever.

Things could be interesting after that with post players likely to be flying off the board in the top half of the first round in the draft, which is being held in New York at the Brooklyn Academy of Music beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN is covering the draft live.

2024 WNBA Draft: After Caitlin Clark, Who’s No. 2?
Caitlin Clark #22 of the Iowa Hawkeyes | Steph Chambers/Getty Images/AFP

Los Angeles owns picks No. 2 and 4 so the Sparks will be the team that impacts how the first round plays out.

Here’s a look at what to look for in the 2024 WNBA Draft with how the WNBA betting line views the top prospects.

Brink to Go No. 2?

Stanford’s Cameron Brink, Tennessee’s Rickea Jackson and South Carolina’s Kamilla Cardoso are ahead of the rest of the field when it comes to the odds to be the second overall pick.

Brink comes in at -600 in our sportsbook odds to be the choice at No. 2. The 6-foot-4 Oregon native is one of seven Stanford players with at least 1,800 points and 1,000 rebounds. She is also Stanford’s career leader with 424 blocked shots.

Jackson, who averaged 20.2 points and 8.2 rebounds as a senior at Tennessee, has +250 odds to be the No. 2 pick and is the front-runner at -150 to go third overall to the Chicago Sky.

The 6-foot-7 Cardoso was the Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four as South Carolina wrapped up an undefeated season by beating North Carolina State 78-59 and Iowa 87-75 in the Final Four.

Cardoso averaged 18.5 points and 14.0 rebounds in the Final Four.

 

What About Reese?

While Jackson and Cardoso are expected to be the first SEC players selected in the draft, another SEC product is sure to attract plenty of attention.

Angel Reese helped LSU win the 2023 national title. However, she is listed at just +5500 to be taken second overall and is at +2000 to be the No. 3 pick, according to the Las Vegas odds.

One of the knocks on Reese is the lack of a perimeter game. There are other 6-foot-3 prospects who have gone high in the draft while doing more of their scoring around the basket.

Reese has drawn plenty of attention for her on-court antics. It is not only the pulling of the hair of opponents, but the trash-talking that begs the question of whether the drama that will come with picking Reese will result in her falling in the draft.

Washington picks sixth so perhaps that will be a landing spot for the Maryland native.

Breaking Down the Numbers

Cardoso has -200 odds to be taken fourth or later in the draft compared to +200 odds for Jackson to not be selected in the first three picks.

Ohio State’s Jacy Sheldon and UConn’s Aaliyah Edwards are among the candidates to go with either picks No. 4 or No. 5.

Sheldon helped Ohio State edge Clark’s Iowa team to win the Big Ten regular-season title. She was held to 10 points in a loss to Maryland in the Big Ten quarterfinals and was just 3-for-11 from 3-point range in the two games in the NCAA Tournament.

Dallas is loaded with post players so perhaps the 5-foot-10 Sheldon could be an option to land with the Wings with the No. 5 pick.

If that happens, Washington gets to choose between Edwards and Reese at No. 6. There are even odds for Edwards, who averaged 17.6 points and 9.2 rebounds as a senior, to be picked sixth or later.

Alissa Pili of Utah is another player to keep an eye on.

Pili dropped 37 points on South Carolina and, in 12 games against ranked teams, she averaged 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds.

The moneyline is set at -150 for her to go over 9.5 in the draft position and +110 to be taken ninth or earlier.

Lofty Expectations for Clark

For those ready to jump on the hype train for Clark, there are plenty of options available even before she plays in her first game as a professional.

Clark is priced at -130 to average more than 23.5 points per game as a rookie and -110 odds to go under that mark.

She is currently at -400 to be the WNBA Rookie of the Year and +500 to the WNBA Most Valuable Player.

For those who believe Clark’s first basket in the regular season will be a 3-pointer, those odds are at -165, with -125 odds to have at least 130 made 3-pointers in the regular season.

Clark had six triple-doubles as a senior at Iowa and if she matches that number, it will pay out at +265. Another tempting bet could be the +300 odds for Clark to hit a 3-pointer in each of her games during the regular season. She would need to appear in at least 28 games for that bet to be paid out.

 

 

Questions of the Day

Who has the best odds to be the No. 2 pick in the 2024 WNBA Draft?


Stanford’s Cameron Brink is priced at -600 to be picked second overall by the Los Angeles Sparks in Monday’s WNBA Draft.

Who are the best options among the foreign players to be taken in the first round of Monday’s WNBA Draft?


Brazil’s Kamilla Cardoso and Canada’s Aaliyah Edwards could both be gone within the first six picks in the WNBA Draft. Australia’s Nyadiew Pouch and France’s Carla Leite are tied for sixth at +5500 to be taken second overall with Isobel Borlase of Australia not far behind at +7500. France’s Leila Lacan is showing up at +7500 in the odds to be the No. 3 pick.

 

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