WNBA All-Decade Nominees

WNBA News Release | April 27, 2006
Fan Voting Begins April 28 at WNBA.com
New York, April 27, 2006 – With the WNBA’s 10th Anniversary season set to tip off on May 20, 2006, the league today announced the names of 30 nominees for the 10 coveted spots on the WNBA All-Decade Team. The list of players – selected by a panel of national media, coaches, former players and WNBA personnel – includes seven of the league’s original players and represents the very best in women’s professional basketball.

Voting for the WNBA All-Decade Team will begin this Friday, and will be conducted among fans, select national and WNBA-market media, and current WNBA players and coaches. Fans are encouraged to vote by logging onto WNBA.com. The All-Decade Team will be announced in June and honored at the 2006 WNBA All-Star Game set to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York on July 12.

The league’s official Web site will feature a special section dedicated to the All-Decade Team, complete with player histories, statistics and video highlights of each nominee. The new WNBA.com History section, in which the voting will take place, may also serve as a resource for fans and media alike, providing career statistical leaders, award winners, season recaps and more. Fans will be able to vote for their All-Decade Team players once per day (daily).

“We view the celebration of our 10th anniversary as a way to mark the accomplishments of our past and embrace our vision for the future,” said WNBA President Donna Orender. “The selection of the WNBA All-Decade Team will enable our fans and the league to honor the players who have contributed so much to the growth of the WNBA and of women’s basketball.”

Members of the All-Decade team will be selected on the basis of their overall contribution to the WNBA, with consideration given to on-court performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship and community service, as well as contribution to team success and the growth of women’s basketball.

In addition to selecting an All-Decade Team, the WNBA will celebrate its 10th Anniversary season by providing fans an opportunity to determine the Greatest Moments in league history and through a season-long initiative, “10 Years of Caring,” where all teams will demonstrate their continued commitment to their communities.

Below is a list of the 30 nominees for the WNBA All-Decade Team.

WNBA All-Decade Team Nominees | Fan Voting Begins April 28 at WNBA.com

Name WNBA Team (Current/Last) Previous Team(s)
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever (2001-current) none
Natalie Williams* Indiana Fever (2003-05) Utah Starzz (1999-02)
Janeth Arcain Houston Comets (1997-current) none
Sue Bird Seattle Storm (2002-current) none
Ruthie Bolton* Sacramento Monarchs (1997-04) none
Swin Cash Detroit Shock (2002-current) none
Cynthia Cooper* Houston Comets (1997-00, 2003) none
Tamecka Dixon Houston Comets (current) Los Angeles Sparks (1997-05)
Jennifer Gillom* Los Angeles Sparks (2003) Phoenix Mercury (1997-02)
Yolanda Griffith Sacramento Monarchs (1999-current) none
Becky Hammon New York Liberty (1999-current) none
Chamique Holdsclaw Los Angeles Sparks (2005-current) Washington Mystics (1999-04)
Lauren Jackson Seattle Storm (2001-current) none
Shannon Johnson San Antonio Silver Stars (2004-current) Connecticut Sun (2003), Orlando Miracle (1999-02)
Vickie Johnson San Antonio Silver Stars (current) New York Liberty (1997-05)
Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks (1997-current) none
Rebecca Lobo* Connecticut Sun (2003) Houston Comets (2002), New York Liberty (1997-01)
Mwadi Mabika Los Angeles Sparks (1997-current) New York Liberty (1997-05)
Taj McWilliams-Franklin Connecticut Sun (2003-current) Orlando Miracle (1999-02)
DeLisha Milton-Jones Washington Mystics (2005-current) Los Angeles Sparks (1999-04)
Deanna Nolan Detroit Shock (2001-current) none
Ticha Penicheiro Sacramento Monarchs (1998-current) none
Nykesha Sales Connecticut Sun (2003-current) Orlando Miracle (1999-02)
Katie Smith Detroit Shock (2005-current) Minnesota Lynx (1999-05)
Dawn Staley Houston Comets (2005-current) Charlotte Sting (1999-05)
Andrea Stinson Detroit Shock (2005) Charlotte Sting (1997-04)
Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets (1997-current) none
Diana Taurasi Phoenix Mercury (2004-current) none
Tina Thompson Houston Comets (1997-current) none
Teresa Weatherspoon* Los Angeles Sparks (2004) New York Liberty (1997-03)

*- indicates retired