WNBA make its roots strong enough till now and its players also evolved with it giving fans a regular, exciting, and interesting season comprises of 28-32 games. Some of the few names stick out above the others, but here are Top 25 The Best WNBA Players of all time.

Best WNBA Players of all time
Best WNBA Players of all time

Basketball is a game invented in the 1890s. From then till now, it has large and great fan following around the globe including women as well. There are many Basketball leagues for women in the world but one of the most famous, popular, old, and professional basketball leagues for women in the world is;  the WNBA; the Women’s National Basketball Association in the US comprising 12 teams founded in 1996. Since the beginning of basketball, many women players were famous but there was no professional league for women just like NBA. So, in the late-1970s, WNBA was founded as a counterpart of the NBA.

List of Best WNBA Players of all time

From its very beginning, the WNBA league become one of the main components and valuable parts of American Sports as well as the home of the world’s best women’s basketball players. Just because of these renowned players, WNBA is famous and popular today in the world even though basketball is considered a sport for men is also largely dominated by male players in different leagues. 

Best WNBA Players of all time  
NumberNameGames Played
1Swin Cash479
2Becky Hammon450
3Nneka Ogwumike 286
4Ticha Penicheiro454
5Cappie Pondexter416
6Angel McCoughtry309
7Tina Charles 257
8Lindsay Whalen480
9Brittney Griner254
10Katie Smith482
11Yolanda Griffith 311
12Tina Thompson496
13Elena Delle Donne193
14Seimone Augustus391
15Breanna Stewart149
16Lauren Jackson317
17Sylvia Fowles378
18Candace Parker360
19Sheryl Swoopes324
20Sue Bird549
21Cynthia Cooper124
22Lisa Leslie363
23Maya Moore271
24Tamika Catchings457
25Diana Taurasi472

From the beginning of basketball, many women’s leagues were founded but they all didn’t become famous and were closed in the end. But only WNBA is the only women’s basketball league that is present and famous now.

1. Swin Cash

Swin Cash
Swin Cash

  • Seasons: 15 
  • Career: 2002-2016 
  • Teams: Detroit Shock
  • Position: Forward
  • Games Played: 479

Points: 10.7

AWARDS:

1 All-Defensive Team
2 All-WNBA
1 Sportsmanship Award
4 all-star games

2. Becky Hammon

Becky Hammon
Becky Hammon
  • Seasons: 16
  • Career: 1999-2014
  • Teams: New York Liberty
  • Position: Guard
  • Games Played: 450
  • Points: 13.0

Awards:

Undrafted player
6 All-star games
4 All-WNBA
2 amateur honors

3. Nneka Ogwumike

Nneka Ogwumike
Nneka Ogwumike
  • Seasons: 10 seasons
  • Career: 2012-2021
  • Teams: Los Angeles Sparks
  • Position: Forward
  • Games Played: 286
  • Points: 16.0

Awards:

6 all-star games
4 All-WNBA
1 Rookie of the year
5 All-defensive

4. Ticha Penicheiro

Ticha Penicheiro
Ticha Penicheiro
  • Seasons:  15 
  • Career: 1998-2012
  • Teams: Los Angeles Spark
  • Position: Guard
  • Games Played: 454
  • Points: 6.1

Awards: 

3 All-WNBA
1 All-defensive
4 All-star games
1 amateur honors

Best Goal Keepers of All Time

5. Cappie Pondexter

Cappie Pondexter
Cappie Pondexter
  • Seasons: 13
  • Career: 2006-2018
  • Teams: Phoenix Mercury
  • Position: Guard
  • Games played: 416
  • Points: 16.4

Awards: 

1 All-rookie 
4 All-WNBA
1 All-defensive
7 All-star games

6. Angel McCoughtry

Angel McCoughtry
Angel McCoughtry
  • seasons: 12 
  • Career: 2009-2021
  • Teams: Atlanta Dream
  • Position: Forward- guard
  • Games played: 309
  • Points: 18.7

Awards:

7 All-defensive 
1 Rookie of the year
6 All-WNBA
5 All-star games

7. Tina Charles

Tina Charles
Tina Charles
  • Seasons: 11 
  • Career: 2010-2021 
  • Teams: Connecticut Sun
  • Position: Centre
  • Games played: 257
  • Points: 18.5

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the Year
9 All-WNBA
4 All-Defensive
8 All-star games

8. Lindsay Whalen

lindsay whalen
lindsay whalen
  • Seasons: 15 
  • Career: 2004-2018
  • Teams: Connecticut Sun
  • Position: Guard
  • Games played: 480
  • Points: 11.5

Awards: 

5 All-WNBA
5 All-star games
3 AP All-America

9. Brittney Griner

 Brittney Griner
Brittney Griner
  • Seasons: 9 
  • Career: 2013-2021 
  • Teams: Phoenix Mercury
  • Position: Centre
  • Games played: 254
  • Points: 17.7

Awards: 

2 Defensive Player of the Year
1 All-Rookie
6 All-WNBA
7 All-star games

10. Katie Smith

Katie Smith
Lauren Jackson
  • Seasons: 15
  • Career: 1999-2013 
  • Teams: Minnesota Lynx
  • Position: Guard
  • Games played: 482
  • Points: 13.4

Awards: 

1 All-Decade
1 All-Defensive
4 All-WNBA
7 All-star games

11. Yolanda Griffith

Yolanda Griffith
Yolanda Griffith
  • Seasons: 11 
  • Career: 1999-2009 
  • Teams: Sacramento Monarchs
  • Position: Centre-Forward
  • Games played: 311
  • Points: 13.6

Awards: 

1 Defensive Player of the Year
1 All-Decade
5 All-WNBA
7 All-star games

12. Tina Thompson

Tina Thompson
Tina Thompson
  • Seasons: 17 
  • Career:  1997-2013 
  • Teams: Houston Comets
  • Position: Forward
  • Games played: 496
  • Points: 15.1

Awards: 

7 All-WNBA
1 All-star game MVP
1 All-decade
9 All-star games

13. Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne
  • Seasons: 8 
  • Career: 2013-2021 
  • Teams: Chicago Sky
  • Position: Forward-Guard
  • Games played: 193
  • Points: 20.2

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the Year
1 All-Rookie
5 All-WNBA
6 All-star games

14. Seimone Augustus

Seimone Augustus
Seimone Augustus
  • Seasons: 15 
  • Career: 2006-2020 
  • Teams: Minnesota Lynx
  • Position: Guard-Forward
  • Games played: 391
  • Points: 15.4

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the Year
6 All-WNBA
1 All-Rookie
8 All-star games

15. Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart
Breanna Stewart
  • Seasons: 5 
  • Career: 2016-2021 
  • Teams: Seattle Storm
  • Position: Forward
  • Games played: 149
  • Points: 20.0

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the year
4 All-WNBA
3 All-defensive
3 All-star games

16. Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson
Lauren Jackson
  • Seasons: 12 
  • Career: 2001-2012 
  • Teams: Seattle Storm
  • Position: Forward-centre
  • Games played: 317
  • Points:: 18.9

Awards: 

8 All-WNBA
1 Defensive player of the year
1 All-decade
7 All-star games

17.Sylvia Fowles

Sylvia Fowles
Sylvia Fowles
  • Seasons: 14 
  • Career: 2008-2021
  • Teams: Chicago Sky
  • Position: Centre
  • Games played: 378
  • Points: 15.8

Awards: 

4 Defensive Player of the Year
7 All-WNBA
10 All-defensive
7 All-star games

18. Candace Parker

 Candace Parker
Candace Parker
  • Seasons:  14 
  • Career: 2008-2021 
  • Teams: Los Angeles Sparks
  • Position: Forward-centre
  • Games played: 360
  • Points: 16.6

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the year
1 Defensive player of the year
9 All-WNBA
6 All-star games

19. Sheryl Swoopes

Sheryl Swoopes
Sheryl Swoopes
  • Seasons: 12 
  • Career:  1997-2011 
  • Teams: Houston Comets
  • Position: Forward-guard
  • Games played: 324
  • Points: 15.0

Awards: 

7 All-WNBA
3 Defensive Player of the year
1 All-decade
6 All-star games

20. Sue Bird

Sue Bird
Sue Bird
  • Seasons: 18 
  • Career: 2002-2021
  • Teams: Seattle Storm
  • Position: Guard
  • Games played: 549
  • Points: 12.0

Awards: 

1 All-decade
9 All-WNBA
12 All-star games
1 AP Player of the year

21. Cynthia Cooper

 Cynthia Cooper
Cynthia Cooper
  • Seasons: 5 
  • Career: 1997-2003
  • Teams: Houston Comets
  • Position: guard 
  • Games played: 124
  • Points: 21.0

Awards: 

4 All-WNBA
1 All-decade
4 Finals MVP
3 All-star games

22. Lisa Leslie

 Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie
  • Seasons: 12 
  • Career: 1997-2009
  • Teams: Los Angeles Sparks
  • Position: Centre
  • Games played: 363
  • Points: 17.3

Awards: 

12 All-WNBA
2 Defensive player of the year
1 All-decade
8 All-star games

23. Maya Moore

Maya Moore
Maya Moore
  • Seasons: 8 
  • Career: 2011-2018
  • Teams: Minnesota Lynx
  • Position: Forward
  • Games played: 271
  • Points: 18.4

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the year
7 All-WNBA
3 All-star game MVP
6 All-star games

24. Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings
Tamika Catchings
  • Seasons:  15 
  • Career: 2002-2016
  • Teams: Indiana Fever
  • Position: Forward
  • Games played: 457
  • Points: 16.1

Awards: 

12 All-WNBA
12 All-defensive
1 All-decade
10 All-star games

25. Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi
Diana Taurasi
  • Seasons:  17
  • Career: 2004-2021
  • Teams: Phoenix Mercury
  • Position: Guard
  • Games played: 472
  • Points: 19.4

Awards: 

1 Rookie of the year
14 All-WNBA
2 Finals MVP
10 All-star games

Final Words:

There are many great players of WNBA, who are still active in the league. Today’s league has a well-balanced mix of all-time greatest players and rising champions.

Besides the players mentioned above, some other picks are A’ja Wilson, Napheesa Collier, Arike Ogunbowale, Jonquel Jones, Diamond DeShields, Liz Cambage, and Chelsea Gray.

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