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The Top WNBA Players of All Time

Updated February 7, 2020 24.2k votes 4.4k voters 86.8k 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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  • Sue Bird1
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    377

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Candace Parker2
    1,429
    645

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Maya Moore3
    1,297
    584

    Maya Moore

    Small forward

    Age30

    BirthplaceJefferson City, Missouri

    Maya April Moore (born June 11, 1989) is an American professional basketball player for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Diana Taurasi4
    1,685
    777

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Sheryl Swoopes5
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    301

    Sheryl Swoopes

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

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  • Elena Delle Donne6
    709
    272

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Lisa Leslie7
    1,091
    485

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Tamika Catchings8
    756
    319

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Cynthia Cooper9
    Cynthia Cooper may refer to: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, née Cynthia Cooper, basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Lauren Jackson10
    739
    339

    Age38

    BirthplaceAlbury, Australia

    Number15

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

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    #252 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time#18 of 239 The Best Female Athletes of All Time

  • Tina Thompson11
    353
    214

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Becky Hammon12
    350
    236

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Dawn Staley13
    Dawn Michelle Staley (born May 4, 1970) is an American basketball Hall of Fame player and... more on Wikipedia
  • Chamique Holdsclaw14
    272
    192

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Tina Charles15
    248
    151

    Age31

    BirthplaceJamaica, New York City, New York

    Number31

    Tina Alexandria Charles (born December 5, 1988) is an American professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia
  • Seimone Augustus16
    264
    183

    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 on Wikipedia
  • Brittney Griner17
    351
    246

    Age29

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

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

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  • Teresa Weatherspoon18
    Teresa Gaye Weatherspoon (born December 8, 1965) is a retired American basketball player who... more on Wikipedia
  • Nneka Ogwumike19
    Nnemkadi "Nneka" Ogwumike (born July 2, 1990) is an American basketball player of Nigerian... more on Wikipedia
  • Angel McCoughtry20
    161
    102

    Angel McCoughtry

    Small forward

    Age34

    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland

    Number35

    TeamsAtlanta Dream

    Angel Lajuane McCoughtry (born September 10, 1986) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Skylar diggins21
    133
    58

    Skylar diggins

    Point guard

    BirthplaceSouth Bend, Indiana

    Number4

    TeamsDallas Wings

    Skylar Kierra Diggins-Smith (born August 2, 1990) is an American professional basketball... more on Wikipedia
  • Lindsay Whalen22
    300
    243

    Lindsay Whalen

    Point guard

    Age37

    BirthplaceHutchinson, Minnesota

    Lindsay Marie Whalen Greve (born May 9, 1982) is the head coach of the University of... more on Wikipedia
  • Rebecca Lobo23
    281
    227

    Age46

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Rebecca Rose Lobo-Rushin (born October 6, 1973) is an American television basketball analyst... more on Wikipedia
  • Katie Smith24
    223
    168

    Katie Smith

    Point guard, Shooting guard

    Age45

    BirthplaceLancaster, Ohio, USA

    Number14

    Katie Smith (born June 4, 1974) is an American retired professional basketball player and... more on Wikipedia
  • Swin Cash25
    191
    126

    Swin Cash

    Power forward

    Age40

    BirthplaceMcKeesport, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Swintayla Marie "Swin" Cash Canal (born September 22, 1979) is an American retired... more on Wikipedia