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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 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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Diana Taurasi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Glendale, California, United States of America

Age: 37

Number: 3

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 ...more

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Candace Parker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward and Center from St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Age: 33

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 ...more

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Lisa Leslie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Lisa Leslie Center from Gardena, California, United States of America

Age: 47

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

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Maya Moore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
DaltonHsu added Small forward from Jefferson City, Missouri

Age: 30

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

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Sue Bird is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Sue Bird Point guard from Syosset, New York, USA

Age: 39

Number: 10

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 ...more

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Tamika Catchings is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Tamika Catchings Small forward from Stratford, New Jersey, United States of America

Age: 40

Number: 24

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

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

Age: 48

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 ...more

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

Age: 56

Cynthia Cooper may refer to: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, née Cynthia Cooper, basketball player Cynthia Cooper (accountant), whistleblower who exposed fraud at Worldcom

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Lauren Jackson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center from Albury, Australia

Age: 38

Number: 15

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 ...more

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Elena Delle Donne is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Small forward from Wilmington, Delaware

Age: 30

Number: 11

Teams: Washington 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
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Tina Thompson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward from Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Age: 44

Number: 7

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 ...more
12
Becky Hammon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard from Rapid City, South Dakota

Age: 42

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 ...more
13
Chamique Holdsclaw is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Small forward and Power forward from Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

Age: 42

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 ...more
14
Lindsay Whalen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
PhilipVanOrshaegen added Point guard from Hutchinson, Minnesota

Age: 37

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 ...more
15
Tina Charles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center from Jamaica, New York City, New York

Age: 31

Number: 31

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 ...more
16
Seimone Augustus is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Shooting guard and Small forward from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 35

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, ...more

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Brittney Griner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
EthanWalker added Center from Houston, Texas

Age: 29

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) ...more

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Dawn Staley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time

Age: 49

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 ...more
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Rebecca Lobo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Forward from Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Age: 46

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 ...more

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

Age: 54

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
21
Katie Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Lancaster, Ohio, United States of America

Age: 45

Number: 14

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
22
Cappie Pondexter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Point guard and Shooting guard from Oceanside, California, United States of America

Age: 36

Number: 23

Cappie Marie Pondexter (born January 7, 1983) is a former American professional basketball player who last played as a member of the Indiana Fever in the Women's National Basketball Association ...more
23
Angel McCoughtry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Angel McCoughtry Small forward from Baltimore, Maryland

Age: 33

Number: 35

Teams: Atlanta 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 ...more
24
Swin Cash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Power forward from McKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Age: 40

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 ...more
25
Yolanda Griffith is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top WNBA Players of All Time
Center from Chicago, Illinois

Age: 49

Yolanda Evette Griffith (born March 1, 1970) is an American professional basketball hall of fame player who played in both the ABL and WNBA. A former WNBA MVP, she is considered one of the ...more