sports The Top WNBA Players of All Time  

7.4k votes 1.2k voters 23k views 45 items Follow Embed

List Rules Best basketball players to ever compete in the WNBA

From Brittney Griner to Diana Taurasi, we're ranking the best WNBA players of all time. Who are the best players of the Women's National Basketball Association? Composed of 12 all-women basketball teams, the WNBA was founded in 1996. Originally, all teams were owned by the NBA. But several teams, such as the Los Angeles Sparks and the Atlanta Dream, are independently owned. This distinction is incredibly important for the WNBA, as they've had the opportunity to distance themselves from the NBA and come into their own.  

Early WNBA stars included Lisa Leslie, Sheryl Swoopes, and Rebecca Lobo, all of whom helped the U.S. women's basketball team win the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. The Houston Comets, lead by four-time Finals MVP, Cynthia Cooper, dominated the WNBA from 1997 to 2000. Lisa Leslie and the Los Angeles Sparks won back-to-back WNBA championships the next two years before she retired in 2009. Today's best women's basketball players include Lauren Jackson, Seimone Augustus and Tamika Catchings.  

Who are the top WNBA players of all time? Vote for your favorite to the top of the list and see who's truly the best of the best!
list ordered by

1
+ - 412 180
Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Diana Taurasi Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

The Top Current NBA Players The Best Current NFL Helmets

2
+ - 268 107
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

3
+ - 346 159
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

4
+ - 261 107
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

5
+ - 259 109
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

6
+ - 300 135
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

7
+ - 235 98
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

8
+ - 243 105
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
+ - 218 98
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

10
+ - 179 102
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

11
+ - 121 72
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lindsay Whalen Point guard

12
+ - 104 64
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

13
+ - 119 80
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

14
+ - 106 71
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Smith Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

15
+ - 111 81
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

The Best NBA Player Nicknames The Creepiest Sports Mascots

16
+ - 93 65
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

17
+ - 116 88
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

18
+ - 77 57
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

19
+ - 89 70
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

20
+ - 84 66
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

21
+ - 96 83
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

22
+ - 6 0
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

23
+ - 70 64
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

24
+ - 61 58
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

25
+ - 83 84
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

26
+ - 60 60
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

27
+ - 55 57
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

28
+ - 3 1
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

29
+ - 3 2
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Asjha Jones Center

The Best NBA Players of the Decade The Best Qualities in a Woman

30
+ - 2 1
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Taj McWilliams-Franklin Power forward, Forward-center

31
+ - 2 1
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

32
+ - 51 56
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

33
+ - 2 2
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sophia Young Power forward

34
+ - 2 2
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candice Dupree Power forward

35
+ - 2 3
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

36
+ - 1 2
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

37
+ - 1 2
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

38
+ - 1 2
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tangela Smith Power forward, Center

39
+ - 1 2
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins

40
+ - 55 65
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

41
+ - 68 84
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

42
+ - 79 98
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

43
+ - 44 72
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

44
+ - 46 76
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center

45
+ - 42 71
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time