10 Best WNBA Basketball Players Of All Time
Despite only being in existence since 1997, making a list of the 10 best WNBA players of all time is a harder task than you might imagine. Of all the incredible women that have played in the league, it's difficult to pick only ten. However, after careful deliberation, here are the players that have distinguished themselves as the best of all time.
- Cynthia Cooper No one can deny Cooper's legacy. She led the Houston Comets to four WNBA titles in her five years in the league (it could have been five had she played more than four games in her final season). She was a two-time league MVP. In 2010, she was nominated for the Basketball Hall of Fame.
- Sheryl Swoopes Often referred to as the "Female Jordan," Swoopes had the kind of two-way game that coaches dream about: she could score at will and on defense she could turn around and lock down the other team's best player. She teamed with Cooper and Tina Thompson to form Houston's "Big Three," winning four straight titles. She was also a three-time league MVP.
- Tina Thompson In addition to winning four titles with the Comets, Thompson was a nine-time All Star, and ranks second all time in scoring. She was the very first draft pick in WNBA history.
- Lisa Leslie All-time leading scorer, two-time champion, two-time Finals MVP, three-time league MVP and eight-time All Star. Her resume is impeccable. No can argue Leslie's place among the best WNBA players of all time. She was also the first woman to dunk in a game.
- Candace Parker It might seem strange to put a player this young on a list of all-time greats, but the woman is really that good. In her first professional game, Parker put on a total clinic, scoring 34 points, grabbing twelve rebounds and dishing out eight assists. It was the statement game of all statement games. In 2008, she was awarded both Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors.
- Diana Taurasi There aren't many people that can shoot a basketball as well as Diani Taurasi--man or female. In 2006, she averaged over 25 points a game, while sinking almost four three-pointers a game.
- Sue Bird A pure point guard with excellent range, Sue Bird led the Seattle Storm to its first WNBA title in 2004. She is a six-time All Star.
- Chamique Holdsclaw At 6 feet two inches tall, Holdsclaw is one of the best and most prolific scorers in WNBA history, ranking seventh all-time in points scored. During her ten-year career--mostly with the Washington Mystics--she gave defenders fits. She retired abruptly in 2009, ending what is sure to be a Hall of Fame career.
- Katie Smith As the third highest scorer in league history, it's hard to leave Smith off a list of the best WNBA players of all time. Her performance in the 2008 WNBA finals was so impressive that, despite losing the series, she took home Finals MVP honors.
- Lauren Jackson This Australian center wasted no time in making her mark on the league. She's won league MVP honors twice, tying the record for most points in a game and led the league in scoring and rebounding.