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The Top WNBA Players of All Time

Updated February 7, 2020 22.5k votes 4.5k voters 88.6k views48 items

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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    Diana Taurasi

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America

    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
  • 2
    877
    361

    Sue Bird

    Point guard

    Age40

    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
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    1,326
    601

    Candace Parker

    Power forward, Center

    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
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    1,012
    450

    Lisa Leslie

    Center

    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
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    662
    256

    Elena Delle Donne

    Small forward

    Age31

    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
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    Tamika Catchings

    Small forward

    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
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    1,196
    546

    Maya Moore

    Small forward

    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
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    289

    Sheryl Swoopes

    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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    Cynthia Cooper may refer to: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, née Cynthia Cooper, basketball player Cynthia Cooper (accountant), whistleblower who exposed fraud at Worldcom...  more
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    676
    322

    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
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    330
    197

    Tina Thompson

    Power forward

    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
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    322
    218

    Becky Hammon

    Point guard

    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
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    233
    137

    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
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    254
    175

    Chamique Holdsclaw

    Small forward, Power forward

    Age43

    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
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    168

    Seimone Augustus

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age37

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

    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
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    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
    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
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    223

    Age30

    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

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    54

    Skylar diggins

    Point guard

    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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    275
    223

    Lindsay Whalen

    Point guard

    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
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    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
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    183
    111

    Swin Cash

    Power forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceMcKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    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
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    152
    97

    Angel McCoughtry

    Small forward

    Age34

    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
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    258
    211

    Age47

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    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
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    203
    154

    Katie Smith

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age47

    BirthplaceLancaster, Ohio, United States of America

    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