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WNBA: WNBA names 25 greatest players of first 25 seasons

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The WNBA released its “The W25” list of the 25 greatest players in history as part of the league’s 25th anniversary celebration.

The 25 players were chosen from a group of 72 athletes for their contributions to the league and community. Media members and women’s basketball pioneers selected the 25 players.

“I can think of no better way to honor those responsible for that impact than by unveiling the members of this prestigious group, The W25,” WNBA commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement released Sunday. “These athletes have played the game at the highest level on the court — they are scorers and rebounders, assist makers and defensive stoppers, leaders and mentors. In the community, they have powerful voices, individually and collectively, speaking out on important issues in our society.”

The list includes 15 retired players and 10 current players.

Seimone Augustus, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Yolanda Griffith, Becky Hammon, Lauren Jackson, Lisa Leslie, Maya Moore, Ticha Penicheiro, Cappie Pondexter, Katie Smith, Sheryl Swoopes, Tina Thompson and Lindsay Whalen are the retired players on the list.

Sue Bird, Tina Charles, Elena Delle Donne, Sylvia Fowles, Brittney Griner, Angel McCoughtry, Nneka Ogwumike, Candace Parker, Breanna Stewart, and Diana Taurasi are the current players chosen for the honor.

The group has combined for over 138,000 points, 50,000 rebounds and 28,000 assists while also earning 167 All-Star Appearances. The W25 members have also won 23 of the 24 MVPs handed out by the league.

“It’s a huge honor to be named among the top 25 players in league history and I’m in awe that I’m a part of such a prestigious list,” Bird said. “It’s been incredible to experience the rise in the level of competition in the past 25 years and I’m excited to see what the future holds for this league.”

–Field Level Media

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