The WNBA Draft lottery will determine which franchise earns the 2023 No. 1 pick and, almost assuredly, will get to have Aliyah Boston on their team.
Though they have the worst odds to win it, I can't stop thinking about how fun it would be to watch college basketball's most dominant player in Minnesota.
(Note: If you want to know more about how the draft lottery — which airs at 5:30 pm ET on ESPN on Friday, November 11, — works, click here.)
When the ping pong balls are selected, Cheryl Reeve's Lynx will only have a 10.4% chance of earning the top pick. That's because the team nearly made the playoffs last year, but without All-Star Napheesa Collier — who missed most of the season after the birth of her first child — and because of injuries to legend Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota fell juuust short.
While that sucked in the moment, it did put them in play to replace maybe the game's best center with one who has the potential to follow in her footsteps.
It's impossible to understate Boston's dominance in college basketball. She's a dominant low-post scorer, elite rim-protector, and has shown that her offensive game could expand outside the free throw line soon.
Her South Carolina Gamecocks won the championship with a 35-2 record last year as the junior averaged 16.8 points on 54.2% shooting with 12.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.0 assists and 1.2 steals.
Without a doubt, Boston's capable of starting in Year 1, and could even make an impact as big as first-year All-Star Rhyne Howard did in 2022.
There are a LOT of ifs here, considering the Lynx still have free agency ahead of them.
But a team that includes Napheesa Collier, Aerial Powers, Kayla McBride, Jessica Shephard and Natalie Achonwa is going somewhere. Armed with one of the best coaches the league's ever seen and Aliyah Boston, Minnesota could become an elite destination to land additional talent this winter. Nneka Ogwumike? Courtney Vandersloot? Allie Quigley? Emma Meesseman? Brionna Jones? Tina Charles?
The Lynx reigned for most of the 2010s, and after the home run pick of Collier at No. 6 in 2019, they're in range to build something special again in the lottery this year.
It'd just be that much simpler if they were to land a star as spectacular as Aliyah Boston, especially with Fowles entering retirement.