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
928 415
Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

2
720 328
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

3
703 325
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added

4
628 300
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

5
441 188
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard

6
456 204
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward

7
486 235
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
437 204
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
414 200
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

10
350 160
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added

11
200 138
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

12
200 149
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard

13
193 150
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Point guard

14
77 40
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

15
182 143
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Center

16
161 125
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

17
159 121
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

18
178 140
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Forward

19
151 119
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

20
130 109
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

21
139 118
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

22
122 108
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

23
103 97
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

24
112 105
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

25
110 106
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

26
94 93
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

27
16 8
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
ccecilletsplay added Shooting guard, Small forward

28
81 86
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard

29
23 20
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

30
79 88
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

31
75 85
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

32
20 20
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added

33
62 79
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

34
66 79
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

35
22 26
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

36
16 24
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added

37
71 89
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

38
64 90
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

39
16 23
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

40
13 20
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

41
11 18
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

42
13 21
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Forward-center

43
10 19
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard

44
8 20
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

45
9 23
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins

46
54 85
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

47
6 20
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time