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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1,019 466
Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward
Diana Lorena Taurasi is an American professional basketball player who plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She played eleven seasons with the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA and in 2011 was voted ...more

2
798 368
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center
Candace Nicole Parker is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. She is the younger sister of former NBA player Anthony ...more

3
787 364
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Small forward
Maya April Moore is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association and the Shanxi Flame of the Chinese league. Moore was the ...more

4
697 317
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center
Lisa Deshaun Leslie is an American former professional women's basketball player who played in the WNBA. She is a three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner. The number seven ...more

5
493 210
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard
Suzanne Brigit "Sue" Bird is an American-Israeli professional women's basketball player for the Seattle Storm and UMMC Ekaterinburg. In high school, she was the New York State Player ...more

6
497 216
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward
Tamika Devonne Catchings is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and Turkish team Galatasaray. She is a prolific scorer close to and far from the basket, ...more

7
484 215
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke is a former American basketball player who has won championships in college, the Olympics, and in the Women's National Basketball Association. She is considered by many ...more

8
464 210
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a retired American professional basketball player and the head coach of the women's basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. She was the first player to be signed ...more

9
524 249
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center
Lauren Elizabeth Jackson is an Australian professional basketball player. The daughter of two national basketball team players, Jackson was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of ...more

10
395 175
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Small forward
Elena Delle Donne is an American professional basketball player with the Chicago Sky in the Women's National Basketball Association.

11
230 152
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward
Tina Marie Thompson is a retired American professional basketball player. The first draft pick in WNBA history, Thompson was selected first by the Houston Comets. She helped lead the Comets to ...more

12
231 158
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard
Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Hammon is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association and a retired professional basketball player. Hammon played for the ...more

13
218 160
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Point guard
Lindsay Marie Whalen is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA, and for Dynamo Moscow of Eurobasket. She began her pro career as a point guard for the ...more

14
175 128
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward
Chamique Shaunta Holdsclaw is a former professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association most recently under a contract with the San Antonio Silver Stars. She ...more

15
88 48
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward
Angel Lajuane McCoughtry is an American professional basketball player who completed her college career at the University of Louisville in 2009. She was selected first overall by the Atlanta ...more

16
196 149
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Forward
Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin is an American television basketball analyst and former women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association from 1997 to 2003. Lobo, at 6' 4", ...more

17
205 161
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Center
Brittney Yevette Griner is an American professional basketball player currently playing at the women's basketball center with the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association. ...more

18
166 124
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward
Katie Smith is a retired American professional basketball player, who played most recently in the WNBA. Her primary position was shooting guard, although she sometimes plays small forward or ...more

19
174 135
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward
Seimone Delicia Augustus is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Minnesota Lynx, Dynamo Kursk and the US national team. A five-time all-star, ...more

20
150 115
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center
Tina Alexandria Charles is an American women's basketball player with the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association and the Fenerbahçe of the TWBL. Originally from ...more

21
152 123
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Dawn Michelle Staley is an American basketball hall of fame player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympian and was elected to carry the United States flag at the opening ceremony of the 2004 ...more

22
133 113
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon is a retired American Women's National Basketball Association player who played for the New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks and the former head basketball coach of ...more

23
114 103
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard
Cappie Marie Pondexter is an American professional basketball player in the WNBA, currently playing for the Chicago Sky in the WNBA. She was born in Oceanside, California and raised in Chicago, ...more

24
119 109
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center
Yolanda Evette Griffith is an American professional basketball hall of fame player who played in both the ABL and WNBA. A Former WNBA MVP, she is considered one of the greatest rebounders and ...more

25
121 111
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward
Swintayla Marie Cash, better known as Swin Cash, is an American WNBA player who plays for the New York Liberty. A prolific scorer and rebounder, as well as a capable ball handler and defender, ...more