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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, many of whom find themselves still dominating as some of the greatest current WNBA players. 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!

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430 188
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

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2
295 117
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
323 144
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

4
270 113
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

5
358 168
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

6
246 102
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

7
266 115
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
254 112
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
223 101
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

10
187 103
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

11
127 78
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

12
108 67
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

13
125 83
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

14
109 73
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
118 83
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

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16
98 67
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

17
119 92
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

18
80 58
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

19
87 67
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

20
90 73
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

21
100 86
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

22
73 66
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

23
10 2
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Angel McCoughtry

24
63 60
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

25
86 85
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

26
62 64
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

27
57 59
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

28
5 2
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Alana Beard

29
5 3
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added DeLisha Milton-Jones

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30
4 3
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Taj McWilliams-Franklin Power forward, Forward-center

31
5 5
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

32
4 4
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Candice Dupree Power forward

33
52 59
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

34
4 5
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Asjha Jones Center

35
3 5
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Sophia Young Power forward

36
56 67
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

37
71 86
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

38
1 5
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

39
1 5
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Plenette Pierson

40
84 102
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

41
1 6
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Tangela Smith Power forward, Center

42
1 6
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jia Perkins

43
44 73
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

44
46 76
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

45
47 78
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center