Basketball The Top WNBA Players of All Time  

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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!

list ordered by

1
968 435
Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

2
755 349
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

3
741 342
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added

4
658 307
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

5
465 195
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard

6
475 207
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward

7
506 239
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
456 210
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
432 205
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

10
370 166
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added

11
212 143
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

12
217 150
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard

13
203 152
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Point guard

14
81 42
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

15
170 128
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

16
187 142
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Forward

17
166 124
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

18
191 150
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Center

19
157 121
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

20
138 112
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

21
146 119
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

22
126 109
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

23
108 98
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

24
116 108
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

25
113 108
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

26
97 95
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

27
83 87
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard

28
21 16
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
ccecilletsplay added Shooting guard, Small forward

29
25 22
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

30
78 86
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

31
80 89
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

32
22 21
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added

33
64 80
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

34
24 26
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

35
68 79
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

36
3 1
Skylar diggins is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Canadianslinger added Skylar diggins

37
18 25
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added

38
1 0
Kim Perrot is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
GloriaShellman added Kim Perrot

39
17 21
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Forward-center

40
73 90
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

41
18 23
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

42
15 20
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

43
66 90
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

44
13 18
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

45
10 20
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard

46
8 21
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

47
8 21
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

48
57 86
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

49
10 25
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins