WNBA unveils 30 official nominees for voting of top 15 players of all time

Whoa, what a list. I couldn’t make those 15 cuts if I tried:

Top 30 Nominees for Top 15 Voting

Seimone Augustus

Sue Bird

Ruthie Bolton

Swin Cash

Tamika Catchings

Cynthia Cooper

Katie Douglas

Cheryl Ford

Yolanda Griffith

Becky Hammon

Chamique Holdsclaw

Atlanta Dream

Lauren Jackson

Shannon Johnson

Lisa Leslie

Taj McWilliams-Franklin

Delisha Milton-Jones

Deanna Nolan

Candace Parker

Ticha Penicheiro

Cappie Pondexter

Nykesha Sales

Katie Smith

Tangela Smith

Dawn Staley

Sheryl Swoopes

Diana Taurasi

Penny Taylor

Tina Thompson

Teresa Weatherspoon

Natalie Williams


  1. Okay I pondered the list and her you go… I think some picks are obvious and others I picked because of what they have meant to the league or the impact they have had on the league as a whole. On some hands it is somewhat of a popularity contest, but for me you can't deny that they have all impacted the W.

    I think there are a couple out there that could've been added, Vicki Johnson, Kim Perrot, Cheryl Miller, etc. They were there in the beginning and were instrumental to the early success of the WNBA.

    Lisa Leslie – Obvious Pick (OP)
    Cynthia Cooper – OP
    Tina Thompson – OP
    Sheryl Swoopes _ OP
    Katie Smith – OP
    Teresa Weatherspoon – OP
    Yolanda Griffith – OP
    Lauren Jackson – OP
    Diana Taurasi – talent alone
    Taj Mc WilliamsFranklin – longevity
    Tamika Catchings – success thru challenges
    Natalie Williams – heart, intensity
    Ticha Penicheiro – longevity, skill
    Becky Hammon – my only ???
    Candace Parker – new face of the W

  2. Just for fun, I count what are probably eleven locks: (alphabetically) Bird; Cooper; Griffith; Jackson; Leslie; K. Smith; Staley; Swoopes; Taurasi; Thompson; Weatherspoon. A likely additon is Catchings. The last three slots look like toss-ups between so many deserving players.