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!

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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

2
643 274
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
661 285
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

4
571 283
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

5
414 182
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

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377 165
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

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448 211
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
384 187
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
394 191
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

10
312 141
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

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184 127
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

12
182 135
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

13
68 28
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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180 139
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

The Top Current NBA Players

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166 129
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

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163 129
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

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149 119
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

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145 115
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

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140 114
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Smith Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

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128 114
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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116 105
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

The Most Beautiful Women of All Time

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115 103
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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97 90
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

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104 101
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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100 101
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

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87 88
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

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76 82
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

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75 83
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

The Top NBA Players Of All Time

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17 16
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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70 82
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

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58 75
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

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17 17
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added Erin Phillips

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62 75
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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12 22
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

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16 23
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candice Dupree Power forward

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59 89
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center

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62 87
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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12 21
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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10 19
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Taj McWilliams-Franklin Power forward, Forward-center

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9 19
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Asjha Jones Center

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8 18
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sophia Young Power forward

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8 18
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

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52 85
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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5 19
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tangela Smith Power forward, Center

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4 20
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Plenette Pierson

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5 23
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins