WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Washington Mystics forward Chamique Holdsclaw will represent the team in the 2022 WNBA Draft Lottery on Dec. 19. The Draft Lottery will be broadcast on ESPN at 3:00 PM EST.
The Mystics, which registered a record of 21-33 over the past two seasons, have the third-best odds to win the lottery. The WNBA lottery odds are based on the cumulative records of the two most recent regular seasons (2020 and 2021).
Holdsclaw was selected with the first overall pick by Washington in the 1999 WNBA Draft, the only time in franchise history that the team has selected first overall. In her six seasons in Washington, she averaged 18.3 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals in 162 games (160 starts). Holdsclaw was named the 1999 WNBA Rookie of the Year and was named to an All-WNBA team three times with Washington (1999, 2001 and 2002). During her time with the Mystics, Holdsclaw was named to five consecutive All-Star teams. She holds the all-time franchise record for total rebounds (1459) and ranks second in franchise for total points (2960) and third in franchise in total steals (221).
The 2022 WNBA season marks the 25th Anniversary for the Washington Mystics. Chartered in 1997, the Mystics are one of the first WNBA expansion franchises to be established and the longest tenured continuously operating women’s professional sports team in Washington, D.C.
The 25th anniversary season will include celebration of past players, highlights of top moments in franchise history, and recognition of a loyal fan base. Plans surrounding the 25th anniversary season including a logo, along with other anniversary festivities will be announced at a later date.