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WNBA's All-Decade Team

The Women's National Basketball Association's All-Decade Team were chosen in 2006 on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the WNBA from amongst 30 nominees compiled by the league by fan, media, coach, and player voting. The team was to comprise the 10 best and most influential players of the first decade of the WNBA, with consideration also accorded to sportsmanship, community service, leadership, and contribution to the growth of women's basketball; only players to have competed in the WNBA were eligible, but extra-league achievements were considered.

Nine of the first team selections have won Olympic Gold Medals, and eight have won league championships, including three–Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Tina Thompson–who won four consecutive titles with the Houston Comets. Of the ten first team honorees, only Cooper, who, having retired in 2000 to become head coach of the Phoenix Mercury, played four games during the 2003 season before finally ending her playing career, was not an active player when the team was released. Swoopes, Thompson, and Lisa Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) were the only three first team selections to have been drafted in 1997 and to have played in each of the ten seasons of the WNBA. Thompson and Leslie were among the six players who only played on one team their entire careers.

Players selected

First team

Player Position Team(s) played for College attended Olympic
medals
League titles League awards All-Star Games
Sue Bird Point guard Seattle Storm (2002-present) University of Connecticut 2004 gold
2008 gold
2004 None Starter: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Tamika Catchings Power forward Indiana Fever (2002-present) University of Tennessee 2004 gold
2008 gold
None DPOY: 2005-2006
ROY: 2002
Starter: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007
Cynthia Cooper Point guard Houston Comets (1997-2000, 2003) University of Southern California 1988 gold 1997, 1998
1999, 2000
MVP: 1997, 1998, 2000
F MVP: 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Starter: 1999, 2000, 2003
Yolanda Griffith Center Sacramento Monarchs (1999-2007)
Seattle Storm (2008-present)
Palm Beach Junior College
Florida Atlantic University
2000 gold
2004 gold
2005 MVP: 1999
DPOY: 1999
Starter: 2001, 2005, 2006, 2007
Reserve: 1999, 2000, 2003
Lauren Jackson Power forward Seattle Storm (2001-present) Australian Institute of Sport 2000 silver
2004 silver
2008 silver
2004 MVP: 2003, 2007 Starter: 2005, 2006
Reserve: 2001, 2002, 2003
Lisa Leslie Center Los Angeles Sparks (1997-present) University of Southern California 1996 gold
2000 gold
2004 gold
2008 gold
2001, 2002 MVP: 2001, 2004
DPOY: 2004, 2008
F MVP: 2001, 2002
ASG MVP: 1999, 2001, 2002
Starter: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003
Reserve: 2001, 2005, 2006
Katie Smith Small forward Minnesota Lynx (1999-2005)
Detroit Shock (2005-present)
The Ohio State University 2000 gold
2004 gold
2008 gold
2006, 2008 None Reserve: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Dawn Staley Point guard Charlotte Sting (1999-2005)
Houston Comets (2005-2006)
University of Virginia 1996 gold
2000 gold
2004 gold
None KPSA: 1999, 2006 Starter: 2002, 2003, 2006
Reserve: 2005
Sheryl Swoopes Small forward Houston Comets (1997-2007)
Seattle Storm (2008-present)
Texas Tech University 1996 gold
2000 gold
2004 gold
1997, 1998
1999, 2000
MVP: 2000, 2002, 2005
DOPY: 2000, 2002, 2003
ASG MVP: 2005
Starter: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006
Tina Thompson Power forward Houston Comets (1997-present) University of Southern California 2004 gold
2008 gold
1997, 1998
1999, 2000
ASG MVP: 2000 Starter: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Reserve: 2006

Honorable mention

Player Position Team(s) played for College attended Olympic
medals
League titles League awards All-Star Games
Ruthie Bolton Shooting guard Sacramento Monarchs (1997-2004) Auburn University 1996 gold
2000 gold
2005 None Starter: 2001
Reserve: 1999
Chamique Holdsclaw Power forward Washington Mystics (1999-2004)
Los Angeles Sparks (2005-2006)
University of Tennessee 2000 gold None ROY: 1999 Starter: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
Reserve: 2005
Ticha Penicheiro Point guard Sacramento Monarchs (1998-present) Old Dominion University None 2005 None Starter: 2000, 2001, 2002
Reserve: 1999
Diana Taurasi Small forward Phoenix Mercury (2004-present) University of Connecticut 2004 gold
2008 gold
2007 ROY: 2004 Starter: 2005
Reserve: 2006
Teresa Weatherspoon Point guard New York Liberty (1997-2003)
Los Angeles Sparks (2004)
Louisiana Tech University 1988 gold
1992 bronze
None DPOY: 1997, 1998 Starter: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

  • Each woman, save Lauren Jackson (Australia), won her Olympic medal(s) competing for the United States.
  • The inaugural WNBA All-Star Game took place during the 1999 season and has been played yearly since, although the 2004 edition was supplanted by a game between WNBA players from both conferences and the 2004 United States Olympic team and is not considered a traditional all-star game.
  • Due to the 2008 Olympics, there was no all-star game.
  • Players who were voted to start in all-star games but were unable to play due to injury are nevertheless considered to have been starters; players voted as alternates who started in place of other injured players are nevertheless considered to have been alternates.

Other finalists

1 Retired at time of All-Decade Team announcement.

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