7 Greatest Female Basketball Players Of All Time

7 Greatest Female Basketball Players Of All Time

Basketball has been the most played sport in the world. This is most of the time played by men. However, in the course of time, women continues to prove that they can also excel in this sport.

The list below is based on the list made by the Women’s National Basketball Association. These women are part of the WNBA Top 15 Players of All Time amongst 30 nominees gathered by the league by fan, media, coach, and player voting. This is in no particular order.

1. Lisa Leslie (Center)

Lisa LesliePhoto – Wikipedia

Born on July 7, 1972. She is an American former professional women’s basketball player who played in the WNBA. She was 17 when she was named to the USA Basketball Women’s Junior National Team; the youngest player of the team. The three-time WNBA MVP and a four-time Olympic gold medal winner with a height of 6 ft 5 in. After Teresa Edwards, Lisa was the second female basketball athlete ever to earn that many gold medals. She is the first player to dunk in a WNBA game. There’s only one Lisa Leslie! She is absolutely legendary.

Did you know? She is also a fashion model and an aspiring actress. She has been on different television shows and starred in the movie Think Like A Man.[1]

2. Diana Taurasi (Point Guard, Shooting Guard, Small Forward)

Diana TaurasiPhoto – Wikipedia

Taurasi is an American basketball athlete who plays for UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. In her early life, she used to play soccer in Italy. In the WNBA, she played with the Phoenix Mercury and won two Olympic gold medals (2004 and 2008). During the WNBA season on 2009, Taurasi was named the WNBA MVP and later led her team to its second WNBA championship.[2]

3. Sue Bird (Point Guard)

Sue BirdPhoto – Wikipedia

Suzanne Brigit “Sue” Bird is the incredible American player of the Seattle Storm from 2002 to present. The team selected her with the first overall pick of the 2002 WNBA Draft. She’s one of the nine women to win an Olympic Gold Medal (She won 2 on 2004 and 2008). It is not possible, years from now, Sue might be the top best player in WNBA history.[3]

4. Tamika Catchings (Forward)
Tamika Devonne Catchings is a 36-year-old American professional basketball player for the Indiana Fever of the WNBA and Turkish team Galatasaray. She also won two Olympic Gold Medals in 2004 and 2008. In 2011, she’s the WNBA Most Valuable Player. In her younger years, she wore a hearing aid because she was born with a hearing loss. However, she didn’t take this as her disadvantage. Instead, she pushes herself to fulfill her dream. And look at her now, she’s one of the greatest in her chosen field. She really serves as an inspiration to the youth.[4]

5. Cynthia Cooper (Point guard/shooting guard)
Cynthia Lynne Cooper-Dyke was born in Chicago, Illinois. She stood 5’10 in height with the age of 52. She is considered by many as one of the greatest women’s basketball players ever. She is the head coach of the University of Southern California women’s basketball team from 2013 to present. She played for the Houston Comets in 1997-2000 and in 2003. She won 4 WNBA Championships and she is a Basketball Hall of Famer.[5]

6. Sheryl Swoopes (Guard/Forward)

Sheryl SwoopesPhoto – Wikipedia

Often referred to as the “female Michael Jordan”. Sheryl Denise Swoopes is a 44-year-old retired American basketball player of Tulsa Shock. She is famous for both her offensive and defensive skills. She won 3 Olympic Gold Medals and she’s a three-time WNBA MVP. In 2013, she became the head coach of the women’s basketball team of Loyola University Chicago. [6]

Swoopes is the first woman to have a famous Nike shoe named after her.

7. Tina Thompson (Forward)

Sheryl SwoopesPhoto – Wikipedia

Tina Marie Thompson is a 40-year-old retired American basketball player of Seattle Storm. She’s the WNBA’s all-time top scorer. Thompson has won four championships and two Olympic Gold Medals (2004 and 2008). As of the 2013 season, she is also the only player to play in every WNBA season. She retired in the year 2013.[7]

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lisa_Leslie
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diana_Taurasi
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sue_Bird
[4] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamika_Catchings
[5] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cynthia_Cooper-Dyke
[6] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheryl_Swoopes
[7] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tina_Thompson

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