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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
431 175
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

2
404 161
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
558 248
Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Diana Taurasi Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

4
322 133
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

5
418 200
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

6
314 139
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

7
308 141
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
265 113
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

9
285 125
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

10
227 113
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

11
148 93
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

12
128 82
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

13
140 95
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

14
141 99
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

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15
126 84
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Smith Point guard, Shooting guard, Small forward

16
136 94
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

17
111 81
Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

18
118 98
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

19
88 70
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

20
95 80
Teresa Weatherspoon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

21
98 87
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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22
100 92
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

23
22 10
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Angel McCoughtry

24
83 74
Tichia Penicheiro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tichia Penicheiro

25
113 109
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

26
14 2
Erin Phillips is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tim Schild added Erin Phillips

27
69 68
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

28
70 71
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

The Best NBA Players of the Decade

29
82 91
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

30
64 70
Ruth Riley is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Ruth Riley Center

31
12 12
Candice Dupree is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Candice Dupree Power forward

32
60 66
Nikki Teasley is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

33
57 65
Betty Lennox is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Betty Lennox Shooting guard, Small forward

34
9 12
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

35
8 11
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Alana Beard

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36
8 11
Taj McWilliams-Franklin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Taj McWilliams-Franklin Power forward, Forward-center

37
8 11
DeLisha Milton-Jones is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added DeLisha Milton-Jones

38
7 10
Asjha Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Asjha Jones Center

39
6 10
Sophia Young is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Sophia Young Power forward

40
4 10
Vickie Johnson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Vickie Johnson Shooting guard

41
3 11
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Plenette Pierson

42
4 13
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Jia Perkins

43
3 12
Tangela Smith is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
TRENT13 added Tangela Smith Power forward, Center

44
53 81
Penny Taylor-Gil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

45
52 84
Cheryl Ford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cheryl Ford Center

46
48 79
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time