Best Female Basketball Players – 17 Greatest WNBA Players

Introducing: Top 17 best female basketball players in the world. Basketball is one of the most loved sports entertainment in the world. It’s filled with lots of electrifying actions and enjoys massive support from people all over the world.

But it’s not enough to just praise the sports, we also have to acknowledge the efforts of the people or players who make the game one of the most admired on the planet today. The game has seen lots of competition from both its male and female athletes who are exceeding expectations and setting records game-in-game-out.

Today, we have set our attention to the female players of this sport, and our main focus is to rank the best 17 female basketball players who have worked hard to become the best they can be in the game.

These are the list of 17 Best Female Basketball Players of all time and they are famous

17. Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay Whalen

Lindsay is a fantastic American basketball player. Currently the head coach of the University of Minnesota’s women’s basketball team, Lindsay Whalen was a former professional women’s basketball player who played for the Connecticut Sun of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

She is an inspiration for younger players who are looking to make a great impact on the game. She began her playing career in 2004 through to 2018. Before she retired, Lindsay had won several World titles and two Olympic gold medals with the United States women’s national basketball team.

Also, she is a 4-time winner of the WNBA championship with the Minnesota Lynx. She is placed at the 17th best female basketball player in the world.

16. Nikki McCray

Nikki McCray
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At number 16th position on our list of best female basketball players in the world is Nikki McCray. Born on December 17, 1971, Nikki Kesangane McCray-Penson was an American professional female basketball player who played for several WNBA teams through her long and successful career run.

She’s currently the head coach of the Old Dominion Lady Monarchs basketball team. During her time as a professional women’s basketball player, Nikki McCay was a winner of several awards and championships which includes 3× WNBA All-Star championship, 2 Olympic gold medals, and a World championship representing the United States. She is the 16th best female basketball player in the world.

15. Swin Cash

Swin Cash

Swintayla Marie “Swin” Cash Canal is an American retired professional basketball player and of the best ever basketball players to have played in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) for 15 seasons.

She currently serves as the vice president of basketball operations and team development for the New Orleans Pelicans. As a player, Swin Cash was an incredible scorer and rebounder and had great handling with the ball as well as doing excellently well defense for her team.

She helped lead her team, the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team, to two national titles in 2000 and 2002. And was also a strong role in helping the Detroit Shock to their very first WNBA title. She is ranked as the 15th best female basketball player in the world.

14. Nneka Ogwumike

Nneka Ogwumike

The 14th best female basketball player in the world is Nneka Ogwumike. The American basketball player of Nigerian descent was born on July 2, 1990, in Tomball, Texas, she is a Power forward player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

She was part of the USA Women’s U18 team which emerged winners at the FIBA Americas Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina, earning her a gold medal after defeating host Argentina in the finals in 2008.

In 2012, Nneka Ogwumike was branded No. 1 overall in the 2012 WNBA Draft and in 2016, she was named WNBA MVP. An award, she so deserved. She is the 14th best female basketball player in the world.

13. Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne is one of the very best when it comes to being a small forward basketball player. Born on September 5, 1989, the American professional basketball player is a team player for the Washington Mystics of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She helped the Sky basketball team reach the 2015 WNBA Finals.

Sadly, they lost to the Phoenix Mercury. Notwithstanding, she is a prolific player and one who knows what she wants and keeps her eyes on the price. Her consistency, commitment, and dedication to reach the peak of her game is a driving force for her incredible performance.

She began her career playing for the Delaware Blue Hens from 2009 to 2013. She is ranked as the 13th best female basketball player in the world.

12. Brittney Griner

Brittney Griner

When you get offered a huge endorsement deal with sport sneaker giant Nike, just know you are already a top player in the game. Brittney Yevette Griner is our next best female basketball player, and the only NCAA basketball player to score 2,000 points and block 500 shots.

Now, that’s pure bada**! Brittney Griner is an American professional basketball player and currently a center-forward player for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg. Griner was a top selection in the 2009 McDonald’s All-American Basketball team and was also named the Best Female Athlete ESPY Award in 2012.

Brittney Griner started her career as a college basketball player at the Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She has lots of career highlights and awards and is the 12th best female basketball player in the world.

11. Rebecca Lobo

Rebecca Lobo

Although she currently works as a basketball analyst, Rebecca Lobo was a former American professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997 to 2003. She played in the center position most of her career.

She has played for the New York Liberty, Houston Comets, and Connecticut Sun basketball teams. In college, she was part of the team that won the National Championship in 1995 with a 35-0 on the seasoning process. Rebecca Lobo was also announced as a member of the 2017 class of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

She is a recipient of many awards throughout her career. Some of which is the 1999 WNBA All-Star championship, and the NCAA Championship in 1995. She takes the 11th position as the best female basketball player in the world.

10. Maya Moore

Maya Moore

The 10th best female basketball player in the world is the No. 23 small forward of Minnesota Lynx, Maya Moore. Born on June 11, 1989, the 30-year-old American is a professional basketball player in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

During her college days, Maya was the named National Gatorade Player of the Year, the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, and a McDonald’s All-American. She won back-to-back national championships as a forward player for the UConn women’s basketball team, and also led the Connecticut Huskies to two undefeated national championships in 2009 and 2010.

She skipped the 2019 season due to what was described as ‘Spiritual Issues’, but that doesn’t stop her from being ranked as the 10th best female basketball player in the world.

9. Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson

Lauren Jackson is a former Australian professional basketball player. At 16, Lauren Jackson was awarded a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sports in 1997, and the following year, she led the AIS team to win the Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL) championship.

She captained the 2008 Summer Olympic team which won three silver medals. She is an idol for many younger stars and a true definition of a legend. Her career highlights and awards are too numerous to mention. But you can read more about Lauren’s Awards and career highlights here. She is the 9th best female basketball player in the world.

8. Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart

Born on August 27, 1994, Breanna Mackenzie Stewart is an American professional basketball player who plays the Power forward / Center position for the Seattle Storm of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

This skilful baller is a genius in the game, her tactics, and style of play are very entertaining to watch. Stewart’s incredible performance in the WNBA earned her the first overall pick in the 2016 WNBA Draft.

Stewart was a team member of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Huskies women’s basketball team, where she led them to four national championships and was also named the Final Four’s most outstanding player for a record 4-times.

She signed a multi-year endorsement deal with Nike and is a league ambassador for the 2019 season after being ruled out by injury crisis. She is the 8th best female basketball player in the world.

7. Diana Taurasi

Diana Taurasi

Three-time WNBA Champion and Nine-time WNBA All-Star, Diana Taurasi is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia.

She has won four Olympic gold medals and was named the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in 2009. Her awards and highlights are recognition for her outstanding performance and brilliance in the game. She is considered as one of the greatest women to ever have played the game of basketball and is ranked as the 7th best female basketball player in the world.

6. Candace Parker

Candace Parker

Candice Nicole Parker is the sixth best female basketball player in the world. She is an American professional basketball player and the power forward/ center player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).

In 2008, Nicole was the first overall pick for the WNBA draft, and in 2016, she helped the Sparks win their first WNBA title since they last did in 2002. Parker has won numerous awards and has been credited for many incredible performances in the game. Her style of gameplay is just magic. She makes the game lively and is loved by the fans who cheer happily in support.

Nicole was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, and also the first to do a double in a college game. She has won a WNBA championship (2016), two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2008, 2013), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2016), WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2013), two Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012), and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2008). She is ranked as the 6th best female basketball player in the world.

5. Cynthia Cooper

Cynthia Cooper

She is currently retired and works as the head coach for the Texas Southern Lady Tigers basketball team. But during her playing years in the game, Cynthia Cooper was one of the greatest women’s basketball player in the WNBA and The Olympics.

She was voted by fans as one of the greatest in WNBA history back in 2011. She played for the Houston Comets earlier in her career back in 1997 to 2000 and was named the Most Valuable Player of the WNBA Finals for an impressive four seasons.

She was an amazing player and is currently doing well as a coach too. Other highlights from her coaching career have seen her coached at USC, UNC Wilmington, Prairie View A&M, and, professionally, for the Phoenix Mercury. She is the 5th best female basketball player in the world.

4. Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings
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At position number 4 we have a name that is highly recognized as sensitive by sportswriters, Tamika Catchings. She is one of the WNBA’s finest ever players and is ranked in the list of the top ten best female basketball players. She has been a major competition to other players in the game in fighting to remain as important as they can be.

Her efforts in the game have seen her move up and down in the ranking of the top 10 best ever players at the WNBA. But, Tamika has managed to maintain her placement in that ranking over the years.

Born on July 21, 1979, the 40-year-old American professional basketball player had a fantastic 15-year long career playing for the Indiana Fever of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is a great scorer, prolific rebounder, ball handler, and defender. She is ranked as the 4th best female basketball player in the world.

3. Liz Cambage

Liz Cambage

She’s not just one of the best in the game, she is also one of the tallest. Standing at a height of 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in), Liz Cambage is an Australian professional basketball player who plays for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the Australian Opals.

Born on August 18, 1991, to a Nigerian father and Australian mother, Elizabeth “Liz” Cambage was a prolific player during her time and is currently the record holder of the WNBA single-game scoring record with her 53 point performance against New York Liberty on July 17, 2018.

Cambage began playing basketball at just 10. She is the 3rd best female basketball player in the world.

2. Lisa Leslie

Lisa Leslie
Best Female Basketball Players

At number 2 position as the best female basketball player in the world is Lisa Leslie. She is currently 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.

She is a former American professional basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Sparks in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) from 1997-2009. She had a fantastic run, winning four Olympic gold medals, three MVP Awards in the WNBA, with 8 WNBA All-Star selections.

She also holds the title as the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. She is the second best female basketball player in the world.

1. Carol Blazejowski

Carol Blazejowski
Best Female Basketball Players

We always save the best for last. And the best female basketball player in the world goes to a woman that needs no introduction, Carol Blazejowski. She is one of the most talked about highlights in the history of the WNBA.

Born on September 29, 1956, Carol Blazejowski is a retired American professional women’s basketball player and the former President and General Manager of the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is considered a legend and is highly respected in the game until today.

Her career highlights and awards speak for her greatness in the game. She is a pioneer of women’s basketball and is undoubtedly the best ever to have played in the court.

Below is a video of WNBA player talk’s about who they think is the best WNBA player of all time

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