The poor WBNA doesn’t get a lot of credit. The league has been around for 15 full seasons now (the 16th is in progress), but it’s still more likely to be the punchline of a joke than something people take seriously. Hell, I’ll admit that I’ve made one or two of these jokes myself in the past. But here’s the thing: the WNBA isn’t what it used to be. No, it’s still not as entertaining as the NBA, but it’s no joke. The talent level has gotten much higher over the years, most likely because the best female athletes gravitate to sports they won’t have to give up playing when they graduate college. Thus, today, every member of the USA Olympic Women’s Basketball Team is a WNBA player.
Anyway, I’m not saying you should be a huge WNBA fan. For the general public it’s still a niche league. But it’s worth knowing a little bit about the league. So to that end, here’s a list of the 11 best players in the WBNA right now. The rankings are based mostly on stats from the 2012 season, but in a few cases I factored past performance/potential into the equation.
Check it out.
(Note: all stats current through Tuesday, July 10, 2012.)