Top 30 WNBA players 2022: No. 30 through No. 21

We’re counting down the 30 finest gamers in the WNBA. Here’s a take a look at No. 30 through No. 21:


30) Courtney Williams

Connecticut Sun

Last year: not ranked

Williams was difficult to deflect the list in 2015. This year it would have been even harder with her beast stat rating (career-best points, rebounds, helps times 1.5, takes and obstructs averages built up) with age factored in being extremely high (31.6). Part of the factor she’s so excellent is that she can get you helps and rebounds, not simply points. She’s among the very best rebounding guards in the league with a career-best 7.2 boards per video game being available in 2020 and 6.8 coming in 2015. Her mid-range video game continues to be deadly and in 2021 she made a career-high 39 3s, consisting of the game-winner versus the Liberty on May 29. And she made those treys at a 38.2 percent clip. She is formally an All-Star (since in 2015) and is best in her prime at age 27. The Sun actually do have a huge 5 with her, Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas, DeWanna Bonner and Brionna Jones.

Courtney Williams (with ball)
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29) Kelsey Plum

Las Vegas Aces

Last year: not ranked

The 2021 6th female of the year pulled her scoring average approximately a career-high 14.8 points per video game with a couple efficiencies where she simply went off. She had 32 on June 15 and 30 on Sept. 30. She’s the NCAAW Division I all-time leading scorer and a previous No. 1 choice, so she has a lot to measure up to. Last year we saw a few of the college Plum in the pros and she showed incredible management qualities too. She is really efficient in putting a group on her back and utilizes her self-confidence from behind the 3-point line to do so. She is a profession 38.7 percent far away shooter with 1.4 makes per video game. She can likewise beat you off the dribble and fool protectors all over the location as she showed while having fun with the cleaning format in the 3×3 occasion at the Olympics.

Las Vegas Aces v Phoenix Mercury - Game Three

Kelsey Plum
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28) Emma Meesseman

Chicago Sky

Last year: No. 21

Meesseman is among the more difficult gamers to rank as she has actually never ever balanced much better than 15.2 points per video game or 6.4 rebounds per video game in a routine season, however can play like a super star when she fumes like she did throughout the 2019 WNBA Finals. It would be fascinating to see just how much higher her WNBA tradition would be if she hadn’t remained both 2018 and 2021 to rest after abroad play. Her scoring average of 13 points per video game in the wubble was rather of a frustration as she was anticipated to lead a Mystics group that lacked Elena Delle Donne and Tina Charles. But she checked out a brand-new strength that year by balancing 4.5 helps. She can strike from 3 and her real presents — mid-range and within touch — make her efficient in balancing a lot more points per video game than she does. Expect her to be a star in Chicago.

Washington Mystics v Los Angeles Sparks

Emma Meesseman (with ball)
Photo by Ned Dishman/NBAE by means of Getty Images

27) Allisha Gray

Dallas Wings

Last year: not ranked

The 2017 novice of the year doesn’t illuminate the scoreboard with a lots of points per video game, however is definitely a capable offending gamer and a gritty protector. She especially made the playoff-clinching block for the Wings in 2015 and ruined defense at the Olympics. She likewise packed the stat in Tokyo with some excellent rebounding for her height. She’s most likely among the more underrated gamers in the league and gets eclipsed by Arike’s scoring numbers. But here she is at No. 27, offering Dallas 3 gamers in the Top 30. Despite head coach Vickie Johnson critiquing Gray’s re-adjustment to 5-on-5 basketball after Team U.S.A.’s gold medal run, we anticipate the now sixth-year veteran to be among the more smart gamers on the court this WNBA season.

Los Angeles Sparks v Dallas Wings

Allisha Gray
Photo by Tim Heitman/NBAE by means of Getty Images

26) Tiffany Hayes

Atlanta Dream

Last year: No. 25

Last year in our entry on Hayes we stated that she might lastly end up being the “Batman” of the Dream, describing a Natalie Weiner short article composed on SB Nation in 2018 that is partially about Hayes being “overshadowed” by Dream fantastic Angel McCoughtry for several years. But the Tiffany Hayes Robin curse continued since although Hayes was All-Star deserving, Courtney Williams was most likely the Dream’s finest gamer and in fact went to an All-Star video game that Hayes missed out on with an MCL tear. With Williams back in Connecticut and up-and-coming star Chennedy Carter off to LA, Hayes as soon as again has an opportunity to be Batman on among the weaker groups in the WNBA. That is unless 2022’s No. 1 general choice, Rhyne Howard, increases to instant superstardom. Hayes is going to attempt and show that she still has more prime in her at age 32 and if she does, she has a case to be greater on this list.

Atlanta Dream v Connecticut Sun

Tiffany Hayes
Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE by means of Getty Images

25) Angel McCoughtry

Minnesota Lynx

Last year: No. 22

One of the all-time greats is available in at No. 25 and why not? Maybe she must be even greater. She is 35 years of ages, however Candace Parker is 36 and Diana Taurasi is 39 and they’re both still near the top of their video games. Not that McCoughtry’s high is as excellent as their highs (see ESPN’s all-time rankings), however McCoughtry’s scoring typical the last time we saw her was still an extremely strong 14.4 points per video game and can be found in simply 20 minutes per video game. It will obviously be challenging to come back from a torn ACL and meniscus at her age which needs to be considered. Something to track with McCoughtry is her status as the second-most achieved active gamer to never ever win a WNBA title (after Tina Charles). Also of note: McCoughtry as soon as scored 38 points on the Lynx in a WNBA Finals video game, though she was obviously swept by Minnesota in both championship-round conferences.

2022 Minnesota Lynx Media Day

Angel McCoughtry
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24) DeWanna Bonner

Connecticut Sun

Last year: No. 19

I’m extremely careful of putting Bonner at No. 24 on this list. Last year we put her at No. 19 just to hear Curt Miller call her an “overshadowed superstar” 15 days later on. Just 2 years back, Bonner was connected with Breanna Stewart for 3rd in the league in scoring with 19.7 points per video game. She stepped up that wubble season in Jonquel Jones’ lack and was an All-Star in 2015 in Alyssa Thomas’ lack. Bonner is utilized to not precisely being the No. 1 choice as she had fun with the similarity Diana Taurasi, Cappie Pondexter, Penny Taylor, Candice Dupree and Brittney Griner in Phoenix. But when asked to end up being the No. 1 choice, she has actually increased to the celebration, leading the Mercury in scoring in both 2012 and 2015 when Taurasi was out. So it shouldn’t have actually been unexpected to see her action up in the lacks of Jones and Thomas. Now she’s preparing to pay with Jones, Thomas, Courtney Williams and the other Jones (Brionna). But even with a lot of other stars on the group, she’s going to be a huge part of what the Sun do.

2021 WNBA Semifinals - Connecticut Sun v Chicago Sky - Game Three

DeWanna Bonner
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23) Satou Sabally

Dallas Wings

Last year: No. 28

Sabally got a 13th-place vote and a 14th-place vote, revealing simply how extremely concerned she is and her 2021-22 EuroLeague Women efficiency with Fenerbahçe shows that she might certainly be headed for the Top 15. However, there are a great deal of gamers whose WNBA statistics are much better than hers with her profession bests being 13.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 helps per video game. Those averages all came throughout her novice year of 2020 after she was obviously prepared 2nd general behind just Oregon colleague Sabrina Ionescu. Skylar Diggins-Smith bet Sabally on the Team U.S.A. college circuit and stated prior to the 2020 draft that she felt Sabally was the most pro-ready gamer in the class. Our Eric Nemchock included Sabally in his 2021 preseason short article having a look at the gamers he anticipated to take the greatest leaps. She was slowed by an Achilles injury, however is once again poised for a breakout season in 2022.

Dallas Wings v New York Liberty

Satou Sabally
Photo by Catalina Fragoso/NBAE by means of Getty Images

22) Natasha Howard

New York Liberty

Last year: No. 16

We all understand how high Natasha Howard’s ceiling is which’s First Team All-WNBA. She’s the ultimate little forward with a total offensive video game and the protective abilities to match. She even won protective gamer of the year in 2019, the exact same season she made the First Team, while starring for a Breanna Stewart-less Seattle Storm. We saw Howard’s numbers go way down the next season with Stewart back, however she still played an essential function on her 3rd champion group. Then came 2021 in New York — a season in which she just played 13 video games due to an MCL sprain. In those 13 contest she installed a strong averages of 16.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. We tend to forget Howard and the extraordinary 2019 she had since she’s run out the spotlight for 2 years. But she actually does have all the tools to be a super star gamer.

New York Liberty v Seattle Storm

Natasha Howard (with ball)
Photo by Joshua Huston/NBAE by means of Getty Images

21) Chelsea Gray

Las Vegas Aces

Last year: No. 18

There are just a handful of point player in the league efficient in offering you five-plus helps per video game. Gray is among them and she’ll do it in the flashiest style out of anybody in the group. Her extraordinary no-look passes triggered previous Sparks colleague Candace Parker to provide her the label “Point Gawd.” Gray is likewise understood for her clutch gene and previous Aces coach Bill Laimbeer stated that’s part of the factor he desired her in Vegas. She measured up to expectations because department in 2021, her very first season with the Aces. And her 5.9 assistants per video game ranked 4th in the league. Gray was likewise honored as a newbie Olympian in 2021, balancing 19 minutes and 7.3 points throughout Team U.S.A.’s gold medal run. Gray’s 3-point shooting swam to 30.5 percent in 2020, her in 2015 with the Sparks. However, she is a 38.4 percent 3-point shooter for her profession and shot 38 percent in 2015 to return on track.

2021 WNBA Semifinals - Las Vegas Aces v Phoenix Mercury

Chelsea Gray
Photo by Barry Gossage/NBAE by means of Getty Images


Last year’s list:

Note: Alyssa Thomas was not consisted of on in 2015’s list since she wasn’t anticipated to dip into all throughout the season. This year, Brittney Griner and Napheesa Collier, who will both miss out on the start of the season, were consisted of.

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