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
946 425
Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

2
738 339
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

3
724 332
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added

4
641 302
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

5
452 192
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard

6
466 206
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward

7
494 238
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
448 208
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
425 203
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

10
359 164
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added

11
208 141
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

12
210 149
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard

13
199 151
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Point guard

14
80 42
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

15
184 141
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Forward

16
166 127
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

17
187 147
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Center

18
163 124
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward, Power forward

19
155 120
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

20
136 110
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

21
143 119
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

22
125 109
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

23
105 98
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

24
112 107
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

25
113 106
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

26
96 94
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

27
82 86
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard

28
18 12
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
ccecilletsplay added Shooting guard, Small forward

29
24 22
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

30
79 89
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard, Shooting guard

31
76 86
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

32
20 21
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added

33
67 79
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

34
62 80
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard, Small forward

35
17 24
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added

36
22 26
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

37
72 89
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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

39
0 0
Skylar diggins is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Canadianslinger added Skylar diggins

40
16 21
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Forward-center

41
17 23
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

42
65 90
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

43
14 20
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center

44
12 18
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward

45
10 19
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard

46
8 20
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

47
8 20
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward, Center

48
10 23
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins

49
56 85
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time