The Women’s National Basketball Association, aka the WNBA, may not receive as much attention as its male counterpart. But the league has just as many stars worthy of gracing magazine front covers. Here’s a look at 20 female basketball players who are as beautiful as they are skillful.
20. Skylar Diggins (Dallas Wings)
Two-time WNBA All-Star Skylar Diggins has become one of the league’s most commercially successful players since signing with the Dallas Wings in 2013. In particular, the point guard has signed lucrative endorsement deals with Nike and Bodyarmor SuperDrink. In addition, she’s appeared in Vogue and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, as well as doing work for ESPN.
19. Tayler Hill (Washington Mystics)
After breaking records while playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Tayler Hill was picked up by the Washington Mystics in 2013’s WNBA Draft. However, Hill then missed most of the 2014 season when she fell pregnant. After making her return, though, she eventually established herself as the team’s first-choice shooting guard.
18. Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
Sue Bird is one of the most celebrated and decorated WNBA stars of all time. Indeed, she has four Olympic golds, nine All-Star appearances and two championship titles to her name. And 15 years after the Seattle Storm drafted her from the University of Connecticut, she remains a vital part of both that franchise and Team USA.
17. Sydney Carter (free agent)
A free agent as of early 2017, Sydney Carter began her basketball career alongside fellow WNBA stars Danielle Adams and Sydney Colson while studying at Texas A&M University. After being drafted by the Chicago Sky, however, she’s enjoyed spells with the Atlanta Dream, the Indiana Fever and the Connecticut Sun.
16. Jasmine Lister (University of Washington)
Jasmine Lister started all 129 games during her four-year spell at Vanderbilt and also spent time at the Los Angeles Sparks before making the move from player to coach. The former All-American went on to spend two seasons learning the ropes at UConn and in 2016 was hired as an assistant coach by the University of Washington.
15. Cayla George (Phoenix Mercury)
Cayla George spent the first decade of her basketball career playing in her native Australia. The teams she represented there included the Adelaide Lightning, the Townsville Fire and the Logan Thunder. She then moved to the other side of the world in 2015 when she was picked up by the Phoenix Mercury.
14. Renee Montgomery (Minnesota Lynx)
Renee Montgomery earned a national championship medal while playing for the UConn Huskies back in 2009. She added to her trophy cabinet when she moved on to the WNBA, picking up the 2012 Sixth Woman of the Year award. Montgomery subsequently helped the Minnesota Lynx win the championship in 2015.
13. Sidney Spencer (free agent)
Alabama native Sidney Spencer guided the University of Tennessee to a national championship in 2007, the same year she was drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks. Following an excellent rookie season, the shooting guard/small forward went on to sign for several other WNBA teams, including the New York Liberty, the Connecticut Sun and the Phoenix Mercury.
12. Swin Cash (retired)
Swin Cash’s time in the WNBA has been both lengthy and varied. The consistent scorer guided the Detroit Shock to their first championship win in her second season. She subsequently served as a pundit for MSG and is now the New York Liberty’s director of franchise development.
11. Lauren Jackson (retired)
As the daughter of not just one but two international basketball stars, it’s little surprise that Lauren Jackson ended up pursuing a career on the court. The Aussie player went on to win numerous championships in the WNBL. Moreover, she earned three silvers and a bronze at the Olympics, plus two WNBA titles with the Seattle Storm.
10. Elena Della Donne (Washington Mystics)
Elena Della Donne has also enjoyed success at international level, winning gold with Team USA at both the Rio 2016 Olympics and 2011 World University Games. The former Chicago Sky star, now playing with the Washington Mystics, has also picked up WNBA Rookie of the Year, MVP and Peak Performer awards.
9. Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
One of the sport’s most popular players, Candace Parker won a Nickelodeon Teen Choice Award for Favorite Female Athlete after helping Team USA to Olympic gold in 2008. The sister of ex-NBA star Anthony Parker has also won a WNBA championship with the Los Angeles Sparks, as well as two MVPs and a Rookie of the Year award.
8. Kayte Christensen (retired)
Kayte Christensen enjoyed four seasons with the Phoenix Mercury before injury cut her career short in 2008. She’s remained within the game of basketball since, however. As well as working as a courtside analyst for the Sacramento Kings in the NBA, she’s also served as a WNBA pundit on ESPN and a correspondent for the Phoenix Suns.
7. Natalie Achonwa (Indiana Fever)
A multiple medal winner with Team Canada, Toronto-born Natalie Achonwa began her basketball career with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish team. She later progressed to the WNBA when she was signed by the Indiana Fever. In addition, she’s also played for clubs in South Korea and Italy.
6. Lisa Leslie (retired)
Hailed as a pioneer in the women’s game, Lisa Leslie won three MVP awards and four Olympic golds before retiring from the court in 2009. The University of Southern California graduate was selected in the very first WNBA draft in 1997. She subsequently went on to win two championships during her 11-season career at the Los Angeles Sparks.
5. Stefanie Dolson
After guiding the UConn women’s team to consecutive national championships, center Stefanie Dolson was selected in the 2014 Draft by the Washington Mystics. A year later she made her first WNBA All-Star game, but in 2017 she was traded for Elena Delle Donne to the Chicago Sky.
4. Tina Charles (New York Liberty)
New York Liberty star Tina Charles hasn’t stopped winning trophies since being drafted to the WNBA in 2010. Alongside Rookie of the Year, MVP and four Peak Performer awards, the center has also won titles in Poland and Turkey. In addition, she’s made the All-Star team four times and twice picked up golds at both the Olympics and World Championships.
3. Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)
Breanna Stewart’s professional career only began in 2016 but she’s already made quite an impression. Since being drafted by the Seattle Storm, in fact, she’s been named WNBA Rookie of the Year and signed a money-spinning deal with Nike. Moreover, Stewart was part of the gold medal-winning Team USA at the Rio Olympics.
2. Tiffany Bias (Dallas Wings)
Tiffany Bias may not have enjoyed as much time on the court as Stewart, but her first season in the WNBA was also a successful one. The point guard was part of the record-breaking Phoenix Mercury team that lifted the championship in 2014. However, she has since moved on to the Dallas Wings.
1. Monica Wright (free agent)
Formerly engaged to NBA star Kevin Durant, Monica Wright has carved out a successful career on the court for herself since being drafted by the Minnesota Lynx in 2010. She went on to win two titles with the WNBA team before moving to the Seattle Storm, as well as showcasing her skills in South Korea, Israel, Iceland and Australia.