Famous Basketball Players in U.S. Women’s National Basketball Association

The U.S. Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) has attracted the participation of many professional players. Of which, Sue Bird, Skylar Diggins-Smith, Breanna Stewart, and Seimone Augustus are the most famous women basketball players in the league to the present. 

1/ Sue Bird 

Sue Bird is one of the most decorated women basketball players in U.S. history and one of the WNBA’s greatest icons. No one in the league has played more games or has spent more minutes on the court than Sue Bird did in her career. With the participation of 16 seasons, she won 11 All-Star selections, eight All-WNBA selections, and three championships. 

She achieved an average of 12.1 points and 5.6 assists per game. She also ranked among the top ten in the WNBA for points and steals. 

2/ Breanna Stewart

Breanna Stewart has so far joined only three seasons in the WNBA. However, thanks to her achievements, she ranked among the all-time greats. After having led UConn to four national titles in four NCAA seasons, Stewart led the Seattle Storm to a WNBA title in 2018. During the season, she was also named as MPV of the league and the WNBA Finals. 

She gained an average of 20 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks per game each game. She currently has the eighth-best player efficiency rating in history. 

However, she missed the 2019 season due to an Achilles injury. However, she comes back in full force and can top the list someday.

3/ Nneka Ogwumike 

Nneka Ogwumike is one of the best power forwards of the current generation of the WNBA players. She has proven she can do it all. She and her team, Los Angeles Sparks, won the 2016 league MVP with an average of 20 points and 9.1 rebounds per night. 

In her eight seasons, she achieved a six-time All-Star, four-time All-WNBA pick, and five-time All-Defensive pick. 

Famous Women’s Basketball Leagues Worldwide

Women’s basketball was created in the late 1800s, along with its men’s counterpart. This sport was spread from the east coast from the United States to the west coast and most popular in America with the Women’s National Basketball Association or WNBA.

The organization was established in 1996 to hold the professional basketball league for women in the United States. The league play started in 1997. The regular WNBA season takes place from June to September. Most team names are similar to those of the National Basketball Association teams such as the Washington Wizards and Washington Mystics, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx.

At present, each continent has its famous league for women’s basketball. AfroBasket Women is the basketball continental championship of African women. The tournament serves to qualify teams for participation in the quadrennial FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup and the Olympic basketball tournament.

In Asia, there are many tournaments for the women’s basketball, including the Women’s Chinese Basketball Association (WCBA), the Women’s Hong Kong Basketball Association, the Indian National Basketball Championship for Women, the Women’s Japan Basketball League, the Lebanese Basketball League, the Women’s Philippine Basketball League, the Women’s Korean Basketball League (WKBL), the Women’s Super-Basketball League, and the Women’s Super-Basketball League.

Meanwhile, the Russian Women’s Basketball Premier League is the dominant league of the women’s basketball in Europe. Other famous leagues of such sport are the Italian Serie A1, the Spanish Liga Femenina, and the Turkish Women’s Basketball League.

Besides, professional women’s basketball exists in Australia is the Women’s National Basketball League.

Carol Blazejowski is known as the most famous women’s basketball player in the world thanks to heir series of achievements, such as the gold medal at the World Championships 1979; the silver medal at the Pan American Games1979; and the gold medals at the World University Games 1979 and 1977.

It is followed by Tamika Catchings with gold medals at Olympics 2012, 2008, 2004, and gold medals at the World Championships 2010, 2002, and Cynthia Cooper with gold medals at Olympics 1988, the World Championships 1990, 1986; Pan American Games 1987; and Goodwill Games 1986.