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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
677 298
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
509 206
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
541 226
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

4
387 170
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

5
349 144
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

6
486 239
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

7
308 143
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

8
344 166
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
348 173
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

10
269 128
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

11
54 15
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

12
163 122
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

13
163 122
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

14
158 118
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

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15
138 103
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

16
149 116
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

17
136 106
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

18
143 117
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

19
131 104
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

20
120 99
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

21
106 90
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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22
93 82
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

23
108 98
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

24
103 95
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

25
83 84
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

26
90 97
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

27
16 10
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added Erin Phillips

28
72 75
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

29
73 77
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

30
58 70
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

31
62 70
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

32
66 76
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

33
12 13
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

34
10 15
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

35
14 17
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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36
8 12
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sophia Young Power forward

37
9 14
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Taj McWilliams-Franklin Power forward, Forward-center

38
9 14
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

39
8 13
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Asjha Jones Center

40
7 13
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

41
5 14
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tangela Smith Power forward, Center

42
4 14
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Plenette Pierson

43
55 86
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center

44
5 16
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins

45
54 85
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

46
51 82
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time