The NCAA season is underway, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead to the WNBA Draft. The 2019 Draft is about five months away, and there are sure to be a number of interesting story lines.
To help with analyzing past drafts, two methods of breaking down WNBA Draft data are available.
Note: The 1997 initial player allocations and elite draft, along with expansion and dispersal drafts, are not included.
WNBA Draft Listings
The WNBA Draft Listings tool details each pick in order, including the drafting team, draftee, and the draftee’s prior team and/or college. The tool allows you to filter down to just a particular year or to filter by round, pick, drafting team, prior team, and college.
For instance, perhaps you’re looking at the Indiana Fever’s third overall pick and are trying to get a good idea of what caliber of player has gone third in the past. Just filter down to third overall picks, like so:
Or, perhaps you’re trying to figure out how many players have been drafted out of Notre Dame:
It’s easy to drill down to just the data you’re interested in without aggregating from multiple sources.
Raw Draft Data
The WNBA Draft Listings tool is built on the compiled WNBA Draft database, which is accessible through the Across the Timeline Data Explorer.
The Data Explorer is a very powerful tool for retrieving and breaking down data, including the following features:
- Near the top-left corner is a drop-down box filled with pre-built data queries to pull common views of the WNBA data quickly and painlessly. By default, the “All Draft Picks” option is selected, and this will show all WNBA Draft picks, in order. Which college has had the most first-round picks? Select the “Pick Count by College and Round” query, and it will, by round, show the counts for each college with at least one pick in that round. Several other queries are also available, and the last option is for a custom query.
- Under the drop-down of queries is a selector to show a certain number of results. The Data Explorer defaults to 10 rows shown at a time, and up to 100 rows can be shown at once.
- Near the top-right corner is a Download worksheet button. This button will save the data grid currently shown to an Excel workbook (which can also be opened in Google Sheets). Use this to grab a spreadsheet of data for further analysis.
- Below that button is a search box. You can filter rows to those containing the search value in any of its fields.
- To the right of each column label are up and down arrows, which you can use to sort the rows by that column, in either ascending or descending order.