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!

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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
700 316
Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Maya Moore

3
710 324
Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Candace Parker Power forward, Center

4
435 182
Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard

5
621 297
Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center

6
450 201
Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward

7
481 231
Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

8
434 200
Cynthia Cooper is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

9
409 197
Sheryl Swoopes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

10
345 157
Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Elena Delle Donne

11
198 136
Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Thompson Power forward

12
197 147
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Becky Hammon Point guard

13
190 149
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Lindsay Whalen Point guard

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75 39
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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179 141
Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Brittney Griner Center

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160 124
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Seimone Augustus Shooting guard, Small forward

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155 120
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Chamique Holdsclaw Small forward, Power forward

18
174 139
Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Rebecca Lobo Forward

19
149 118
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
128 109
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tina Charles Center

21
138 118
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

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103 96
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Cappie Pondexter Point guard, Shooting guard

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110 106
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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109 105
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Swin Cash Power forward

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

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81 86
Katie Douglas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Katie Douglas Shooting guard

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23 19
Alana Beard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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79 88
Deanna Nolan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Deanna Nolan Point guard, Shooting guard

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12 8
Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
ccecilletsplay added Michael Jordan Shooting guard, Small forward

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

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

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

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

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22 26
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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16 24
Nykesha Sales is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
JT Thomas added Nykesha Sales

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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54 85
Ruthie Bolton is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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6 20
Plenette Pierson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

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8 23
Jia Perkins is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Jia Perkins