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The Top WNBA Players of All Time

List RulesBest 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 legends 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 famous 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

    Sue Bird

    Point guard
    813
    344

    Age41

    BirthplaceSyosset, New York, United States of America

    Number10

    Suzanne Brigit Bird (born October 16, 1980), commonly known as Sue Bird, is an American professional basketball player for the Seattle Storm of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).  ...more
  • 2
    Power forward, Center
    1,236
    555

    Age35

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was the first  ...more
  • 3
    Point guard, Shooting guard
    1,458
    674

    Age39

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, USA

    Number3

    Diana Lorena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia.  ...more
  • 4
    DaltonHsu addedSmall forward
    1,114
    500

    Age32

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri

    Maya April Moore (born June 11, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), who is on sabbatical. Naming her  ...more
  • 5
    EthanWalker addedSmall forward
    616
    244

    Age32

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware

    Number11

    TeamsWashington Mystics

    Elena Delle Donne (born September 5, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the Washington Mystics of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Delle Donne played a  ...more
  • 6

    Lisa Leslie

    Center
    945
    420

    Age49

    BirthplaceGardena, California, USA

    Lisa Deshaun Leslie (born July 7, 1972) is the Head Coach for Triplets in the BIG3 professional basketball league, as well as a studio analyst for Orlando Magic broadcasts on Fox Sports Florida.  ...more
  • 7

    Tamika Catchings

    Small forward
    669
    280

    Age42

    BirthplaceStratford, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number24

    Tamika Devonne Catchings (born July 21, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player who played her entire 15-year career for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball  ...more
  • 8

    Sheryl Swoopes

    628
    271
    Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball player. She was the first player to be signed in the WNBA, is a three-time WNBA MVP, and was named one of the  ...more

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  • 9
    Cynthia Cooper may refer to: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, née Cynthia Cooper, basketball player Cynthia Cooper (accountant), whistleblower who exposed fraud at Worldcom  ...more
  • 10
    633
    301

    Age40

    BirthplaceAlbury, Australia

    Number15

    Lauren Elizabeth Jackson (born May 11, 1981) is an Australian former professional basketball player. The daughter of two national basketball team players, Jackson was awarded a scholarship to the  ...more
  • 11
    Power forward
    307
    187

    Age46

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Number7

    Tina Marie Thompson (born February 10, 1975) is an American former WNBA professional basketball player and the head coach of the Virginia Cavaliers women's basketball team. Thompson was inducted into  ...more
  • 12
    Point guard
    304
    206

    Age44

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

    Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a retired professional basketball player.  ...more
  • 13
    Small forward, Power forward
    241
    163

    Age44

    BirthplaceAstoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Chamique Shaunta Holdsclaw (born August 9, 1977) is a former professional basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) most recently under a contract with the San Antonio  ...more
  • 14
    218
    130

    Age32

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York

    Number31

    Tina Alexandria Charles (born December 5, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Originally from Jamaica,  ...more
  • 15
    EthanWalker addedCenter
    300
    212

    Age31

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Brittney Yevette Griner (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and in  ...more
  • 16
    Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American basketball Hall of Fame player and coach. Staley is a three-time Olympic gold medalist, and was elected to carry the United States flag at the  ...more
  • 17
    Shooting guard, Small forward
    232
    158

    Age37

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

    Seimone Delicia Augustus (born April 30, 1984) is an American professional women's basketball player with the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), Dynamo Kursk, and  ...more
  • 18
    242
    194

    Age48

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, USA

    Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin (born October 6, 1973) is an American television basketball analyst and former women's basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to  ...more
  • 19
    Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon (born December 8, 1965) is a retired American basketball player who played for the New York Liberty and Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association  ...more
  • 20
    Canadianslinger addedPoint guard
    119
    51

    Age31

    BirthplaceSouth Bend, Indiana

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Wings

    Skylar Kierra Diggins-Smith (born August 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball player for the Dallas Wings of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Diggins was drafted 3rd  ...more

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  • 21

    Angel McCoughtry

    Small forward
    142
    90

    Age35

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Number35

    TeamsAtlanta Dream

    Angel Lajuane McCoughtry (born September 10, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She completed her college  ...more
  • 22
    PhilipVanOrshaegen addedPoint guard
    255
    209

    Age39

    BirthplaceHutchinson, Minnesota

    Lindsay Marie Whalen Greve (born May 9, 1982) is the head coach of the University of Minnesota's women's basketball team.She began her professional career as a point guard for the Connecticut Sun of  ...more
  • 23
    Power forward
    171
    105

    Age42

    BirthplaceUSA, Pennsylvania, McKeesport

    Swintayla Marie "Swin" Cash Canal (born September 22, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball player who played professionally for 15 seasons in the Women's National Basketball  ...more
  • 24
    Nnemkadi "Nneka" Ogwumike (born July 2, 1990) is an American basketball player of Nigerian descent for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA), after being  ...more
  • 25
    Point guard, Shooting guard
    192
    145

    Age47

    BirthplaceLancaster, Ohio, USA

    Number14

    Katie Smith (born June 4, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player and current coach, who played most recently in the WNBA. She is currently the head coach for the New York  ...more