Draft is just first step for rookies

Eight of those picks are still with the teams that drafted them, and they include three players -- Phoenix's Diana Taurasi (2004), Los Angeles' Candace Parker ('08) and Connecticut's Tina Charles ('10) -- who've all been the league's MVP. Parker, in fact, has won that award twice, in her rookie year of 2008 and last season.

Of those No. 1 picks of the past decade, three of them have two WNBA titles: Minnesota's Seimone Augustus ('06) and Maya Moore ('11), and Taurasi.

The top-regarded No. 2 picks of the past decade are Cappie Pondexter ('06) and Sylvia Fowles ('08), who've also both been Olympic gold medalists.

Pondexter won two WNBA titles with Phoenix, the team that drafted her; she's now with New York. Fowles has made only one appearance in the WNBA playoffs with Chicago, but that came last year as the team added another No. 2 pick who appears destined for long-term stardom, Elena Delle Donne. She was last season's rookie of the year.

What are the odds that Monday's first round goes similar to how a lot of observers project? The top five to eight players seem pretty well-identified, but there is always the possibility of draft-day trades to shake up things.

Ultimately, whoever is going to graduate to the WNBA will need to hit the ground running; the season starts in just a little more than a month, on May 16.

"I'm looking forward to it and trying to stay stress-free," Sims said. "I'm happy to be in this position, and when my name is called, I'll be even happier."

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