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List Rules Best female 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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1
442 200
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
306 125
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
369 175
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

4
333 153
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

5
279 120
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

6
272 120
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

7
263 116
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
253 107
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

9
233 104
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

10
192 106
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

11
130 84
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

12
128 85
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

13
110 71
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

14
111 77
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
119 85
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
99 69
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

17
121 94
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

18
81 63
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

19
103 88
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

20
88 72
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

21
90 78
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

22
88 86
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

23
73 68
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

24
11 4
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Angel McCoughtry

25
64 61
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

26
63 64
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

27
57 60
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

28
5 4
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Alana Beard

29
6 6
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Candice Dupree Power forward

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30
5 5
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added DeLisha Milton-Jones

31
88 102
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

32
52 61
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

33
4 5
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Taj McWilliams-Franklin Power forward, Forward-center

34
5 7
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

35
73 86
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

36
4 6
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Asjha Jones Center

37
57 67
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

38
3 6
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Sophia Young Power forward

39
1 0
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added Erin Phillips

40
1 6
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

41
1 6
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Plenette Pierson

42
1 7
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Tangela Smith Power forward, Center

43
1 7
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jia Perkins

44
48 79
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center

45
47 77
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

46
44 74
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time