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Who were the big winners of the WNBA draft?

We take a look at the big signings as well as all of the draft picks in Monday’s 2022 WNBA Draft to see who came up trumps and who is feeling the heat.

Jeffrey May
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Kierstan Bell is selected eleventh overall by the Las Vegas Aces during the 2022 WNBA Draft on April 11, 2022 at Spring Studios in New York, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2022 NBAE (Photo by Michelle Farsi/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Just one day before the WNBA draft, the news was all agog with the Washington Mystics trading away the first draft pick to Atlanta. Why would they do that? They received the 13th and 14th picks in return, but is the juice worth the squeeze?

Now that the 2022 draft is in the bag, let’s take a look at how it all played out. With that number 1 pick, the Dream took Rhyne Howard out of Kentucky, widely seen as a generational player and someone that Atlanta could build their franchise around.

Indiana Fever became the first team in WNBA history to have four first-round picks, and they used them to pick up big talent in NaLyssa Smith, Emily Engstler, Lexie Hull and Queen Egbo.

The Mystics got on the board with Ole Miss center Shakira Austin and the biggest coup of the draft was the shock selection of Las Vegas Aces in taking Kierstan Bell from Florida Gulf Coast.

One of the surprises of the draft was South Carolina’s Destanni Henderson slipping down to the low-second round. Her role in the Gamecocks’ National Championship as well as first-team All-SEC honors saw her predicted to go much higher. For a player who already has a chip on her shoulder, this slight by the WNBA could provide the fire that she needs to be a true breakout player this season.

Here are all of the draft picks from the 2022 WNBA Draft:

Round 1

Rhyne HowardGuardKentuckyAtlanta Dream
NaLyssa SmithForwardBaylorIndiana Fever
Shakira AustinForward/CenterOle MissWashington Mystics
Emily EngstlerForwardLouisvilleIndiana Fever
Nyara SaballyForwardOregonNew York Liberty
Lexie HullGuardStanfordIndiana Fever
Veronica BurtonGuardNorthwesternDallas Wings
Mya HollingshedForwardColoradoLas Vegas Aces
Rae BurrellGuardTennesseeLos Angeles Sparks
Queen EgboCenterBaylorIndiana Fever
Kierstan BellGuardFlorida Gulf CoastLas Vegas Aces
Nia CloudenGuardMichigan StateConnecticut Sun

Round 2

Khayla PointerGuardLSULas Vegas Aces
Christyn WilliamsGuardUConnWashington Mystics
Naz HillmonForwardMichiganAtlanta Dream
Kianna SmithGuardLouisvilleLos Angeles Sparks
Elissa CunaneCenterNC StateSeattle Storm
Lorela CubajForwardGeorgia TechNew York Liberty
Olivia Nelson-OdodaForwardUConnLos Angeles Sparks
Destanni HendersonGuardSouth CarolinaIndiana Fever
Evina WestbrookGuardUConnSeattle Storm
Kayla JonesForwardNC StateMinnesota Lynx
Aisha SheppardGuardVirginia TechLas Vegas Aces
Jordan LewisGuardBaylorConnecticut Sun

Round 3

Ameshya Williams-HollidayCenterJackson StateIndiana Fever
Maya DodsonForwardNotre DamePhoenix Mercury
Amy AtwellForwardUniversity of Hawai’iLos Angeles Sparks
Hannah SjervenCenterSouth DakotaMinnesota Lynx
Sika KoneCenterMaliNew York Liberty
Jasmine DickeyGuardDelawareDallas Wings
Jazz BondForwardNorth FloridaDallas Wings
Macee WilliamsForward/CenterIUPUIPhoenix Mercury
Jade MelbourneGuardAustraliaSeattle Storm
Ali PatbergGuardIndianaIndiana Fever
Faustine AifuwaCenterLSULas Vegas Aces
Kiara SmithGuardFloridaConnecticut Sun

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