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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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464 207
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
322 129
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
345 156
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

4
377 179
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

5
280 119
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

6
284 123
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

7
286 125
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
259 110
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

9
243 105
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

10
199 108
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

11
136 87
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

12
133 88
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

13
116 74
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

14
117 79
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
130 95
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

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125 89
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

17
103 72
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

18
110 90
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

19
83 65
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

20
92 74
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

21
94 79
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

22
92 88
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

23
76 70
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

24
66 64
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

25
12 7
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Angel McCoughtry

26
65 67
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

27
94 103
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

28
58 63
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

29
6 7
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Alana Beard

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30
75 87
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

31
7 9
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

32
53 63
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

33
5 7
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
7 9
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Candice Dupree Power forward

35
6 8
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added DeLisha Milton-Jones

36
5 7
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Asjha Jones Center

37
59 69
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

38
4 7
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Sophia Young Power forward

39
2 1
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added Erin Phillips

40
2 7
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

41
2 7
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Plenette Pierson

42
2 8
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
2 8
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jia Perkins

44
50 80
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center

45
49 78
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

46
45 75
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time