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The Top WNBA Players of All Time

Updated February 7, 2020 23.4k votes 4.5k voters 87.2k 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 Taurasi1
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    Diana Taurasi

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceGlendale, California, United States of America

    Number3

    Diana Lorena Taurasi (born June 11, 1982) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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  • Sue Bird2
    907
    367

    Sue Bird

    Point guard

    Age39

    BirthplaceSyosset, New York, United States of America

    Number10

    Suzanne Brigit Bird (born October 16, 1980), commonly known as Sue Bird, is an American...  more
  • Candace Parker3
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    Candace Parker

    Power forward, Center

    Age33

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who...  more

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  • Elena Delle Donne4
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    265

    Elena Delle Donne

    Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware

    Number11

    TeamsWashington Mystics

    Elena Delle Donne (born September 5, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for...  more
  • Maya Moore5
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    Maya Moore

    Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri

    Maya April Moore (born June 11, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the...  more

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  • Sheryl Swoopes6
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    Sheryl Swoopes

    Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball...  more

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  • Lisa Leslie7
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    Lisa Leslie

    Center

    Age47

    BirthplaceGardena, California, United States of America

    Lisa Deshaun Leslie (born July 7, 1972) is the Head Coach for Triplets in the BIG3...  more

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  • Tamika Catchings8
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    Tamika Catchings

    Small forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceStratford, New Jersey, United States of America

    Number24

    Tamika Devonne Catchings (born July 21, 1979) is an American retired professional basketball...  more
  • Cynthia Cooper9
    Cynthia Cooper may refer to: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, née Cynthia Cooper, basketball...  more

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  • Lauren Jackson10
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    Age38

    BirthplaceAlbury, Australia

    Number15

    Lauren Elizabeth Jackson (born May 11, 1981) is an Australian former professional basketball...  more

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  • Tina Thompson11
    346
    207

    Tina Thompson

    Power forward

    Age44

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Number7

    Tina Marie Thompson (born February 10, 1975) is an American former WNBA professional...  more
  • Becky Hammon12
    335
    230

    Becky Hammon

    Point guard

    Age42

    BirthplaceRapid City, South Dakota

    Rebecca Lynn Hammon (born March 11, 1977) is a Russian-American assistant coach for the San...  more
  • Seimone Augustus13
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    Seimone Augustus

    Shooting guard, Small forward

    Age35

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, United States of America

    Seimone Delicia Augustus (born April 30, 1984) is an American professional women's basketball...  more
  • Tina Charles14
    240
    146

    Age32

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York

    Number31

    Tina Alexandria Charles (born December 5, 1988) is an American professional basketball player...  more
  • Chamique Holdsclaw15
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    187

    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...  more
  • Angel McCoughtry16
    161
    99

    Angel McCoughtry

    Small forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Number35

    TeamsAtlanta Dream

    Angel Lajuane McCoughtry (born September 10, 1986) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • Brittney Griner17
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    Age30

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

    Brittney Yevette Griner (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player...  more

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  • Dawn Staley18
    Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American basketball Hall of Fame player and...  more
  • Teresa Weatherspoon19
    Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon (born December 8, 1965) is a retired American basketball player who...  more
  • Nneka Ogwumike20
    Nnemkadi "Nneka" Ogwumike (born July 2, 1990) is an American basketball player of Nigerian...  more
  • Skylar diggins21
    129
    57

    Skylar diggins

    Point guard

    BirthplaceSouth Bend, Indiana

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Wings

    Skylar Kierra Diggins-Smith (born August 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball...  more
  • Rebecca Lobo22
    275
    221

    Age46

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin (born October 6, 1973) is an American television basketball analyst...  more
  • Lindsay Whalen23
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    237

    Lindsay Whalen

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceHutchinson, Minnesota

    Lindsay Marie Whalen Greve (born May 9, 1982) is the head coach of the University of...  more
  • Swin Cash24
    187
    122

    Swin Cash

    Power forward

    Age41

    BirthplaceMcKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Swintayla Marie "Swin" Cash Canal (born September 22, 1979) is an American retired...  more
  • Katie Smith25
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    Katie Smith

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age46

    BirthplaceLancaster, Ohio, United States of America

    Number14

    Katie Smith (born June 4, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player and...  more