The WNBA was founded in 1996 and it’s come a long way; unfortunately, the league still doesn’t get enough attention. Part of the issue is the lack of press WNBA stars receive; very few people are aware of the on-court talent or even acquainted with the teams.
We’re here to help!
As basketball players, the WNBA get very little press, but they work just as hard. Unlike NBA superstars, players in the WNBA often have to play internationally during the offseason.
To give you an overview of the league: There are only 12 teams in the entire organization, but the talent pool is actually very deep. The WNBA plays a much more fluid style of basketball and “traditional” positions are not always as clearly defined. Combo-guards and tweeners are heavily employed and some teams don’t differentiate between their post players.
To help introduce viewers to the league, we’ve done our best to sort through the rosters and make a comprehensive list of 2015’s most exciting WNBA stars at each position.
These are just a few of the reasons you should be following the WNBA this season!
–Lindsay Whalen (Minnesota Lynx)
–Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm)
–Kara Lawson (Washington Mystics)
–Sue Bird (Seattle Storm)
Honorable Mention: Odyssey Sims (Tulsa Shock), Ivory Latta (Washington Mystics), Courtney Vandersloot (Chicago Sky), Briann January (Indiana Fever)
–Seimone Augustus (Minnesota Lynx)
–Epiphanny Prince (New York Liberty)
–Cappie Pondexter (Chicago Sky)
–Kristi Toliver (Los Angeles Sparks)
Honorable Mention: Skyler Diggins (Tulsa Shock), Tiffany Hayes (Atlanta Dream), Danielle Robinson (San Antonio Stars), Kayla McBride (San Antonio Stars)
SMALL FORWARDS / TWEENERS
–Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever)
–Maya Moore (Minnesota Lynx)
–Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
–Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)
–DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury)
Honorable Mention: Essence Carson (New York Liberty), Swim Cash (New York Liberty)
–Rebekkah Brunson (Minnesota Lynx)
–Nneke Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)
–Sancho Lyttle (Atlanta Dream)
Honorable Mention: Crystal Langhorne (Seattle Storm)
–Sylvia Fowles (Minnesota Lynx)
–Kiah Stokes (New York Liberty)
–Brittney Griner (Phoenix Mercury)
–Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks)
–Tina Charles (New York Liberty)
Honorable Mention: Erika de Souza (Chicago Sky), Courtney Paris (Tulsa Shock)
If you tune in now, you can watch all of these players battle it on a weekly basis. Currently, the Minnesota Lynx, New York Liberty, Phoenix Mercury and the Chicago Sky are leading the league standings. This season ends on September 13, and you can see games on ESPN, ABC or NBA TV.
It should be noted that WNBA superstars Diana Taurasi, Lauren Jackson and Glory Johnson are each missing the 2015 season, otherwise they would definitely be appearing on this list.
[Photo via WNBA.com]