Most Points In WNBA History are scored by Diana Taurasi who has scored 10,108 career points. Taurasi plays for the Phoneix Mercury since 2004.
The WNBA has seen numerous players that have graced the courts and entertained the fans with their plays and shots. Scoring in the game is one of the most thrilling spectacles to watch in basketball, especially the long 3-pointers.
Liz Cambage holds the record for the most points scored in a WNBA game when she scored 53 points. She scored it against the New York Liberty on July 17, 2018.
Taurasi's record of 10,108 points is a record that is hard to beat given the next-best scorer is 2,564 points behind her. On top of that, Taurasi is still active and is still scoring at 18.0 PPG.
WNBA scoring leaders 2023 has Breanna Stewart ranked at the top of the list having scored 635 points in 28 games. She has an average of 22.7 PPG.
Jewell Loyd is another player in the WNBA who could come close to Taurasi's scoring record given she still has a lot of time left as a player. She will most likely finish her career among the top 10 scorers.
WNBA All Time Leading Scorers
Diana Taurasi - 10,052
Diana Taurasi career points are 10,052 as a player for the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA and played as a PG/SG. She was drafted by the franchise in 2004.
At the 2004 WNBA Draft, Taurasi was the #1 overall pick selected by the Phoenix Mercury. She was expected to be a first-round pick after her successful collegiate career in which she helped her team win three consecutive NCAA championships (2002-2004).
Her rookie season in 2004 saw her start each of the 34 games averaging 17.0 points per game (PPG) in addition to 3.9 assists per game (APG). She was also named the WNBA Rookie of the Year for her performances.
Diana Taurasi surpassed Tina Thompson's record as the leading scorer on June 18, 2017, to be ranked as the WNBA's #1 leading scorer of all time.
On the 3rd of August, 2023, Taurasi scored her 10,000th career point with a 3-pointer against Atlanta Dream to become the first-ever WNBA player to reach that milestone. She has played 523 games in her career and has spent 16,142 minutes on the court.
In her long career which is about to reach the two-decade mark, she has 3 WNBA championships in 2007, 2009, and 2014, WNBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2014, and also the WNBA MVP in 2009. Along with her personal accolades, she is a 3-time World Championship gold medalist and also a 5-time Olympic Gold medalist.
Tina Thompson - 7,488
The player ranked second in the WNBA points leaders list is Tina Thompson who has 7,488 career points. She played a total of 496 games from 1997-2013.
Thompson played collegiate basketball for the University of Southern California (USC) and was later picked as the #1 overall pick at the 1997 WNBA Draft by the Houston Comets. She was a member of the Comets till 2008.
The 1997-2000 domination of the Houston Comets has been one of the most dominant moments in women's sports history as they went on to win four consecutive WNBA championships.
She was part of the first dynasty of the WNBA and along with Cynthia Cooper and Sheryl Swoopes, the trio was known as the 'Big Three'.
The SF/PF has played for three WNBA franchises in her career. After 12 seasons with the Comets, she joined the Los Angeles Sparks in 2009 and played for the team till 2011. She would later join the Seattle Storm in 2012 and played for two seasons.
Thompson overtook her teammate Lisa Leslie's all-time scoring record of 6,263 career points to become the leading scorer in the history of the WNBA while playing against the San Antonio Silver Stars in August 2010.
Tamika Catchings - 7,380
WNBA top scorers all time for the Indiana Fever is Tamika Catchings with 7,380 career points. In the WNBA, she is ranked third among the all-time scorers.
Catchings was one of the first superstars of the Indiana Fever which was founded in 2000. She became part of the team in 2001 as the 3rd overall pick and spent her entire career as a one-team player when she retired in 2016 having played 457 games.
She was named the WNBA MVP in 2011 and later helped her team win the 2012 WNBA championship as well as being named the NBA Finals MVP. She played at SF and was also awarded the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2005-06, 2009-10, and 2012.
Tina Charles - 7,115
Tina Charles started her WNBA career in 2010 as the #1 overall pick by the Connecticut Suns and since then has been part of four other franchises in the league. She has played a total of 391 games in her WNBA career.
She played for the Connecticut Sun till 2013 and was later drafted to the New York Liberty where she played till 2019. She was later traded to the Washington Mystics in 2020 and signed with the Phoenix Mercury in 2022. She later joined the Seattle Storm in June 2022.
The 6 foot 5 inches Center was named the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2010 and later went on to become the WNBA MVP in 2012. She became the all-time leading scorer for the New York Liberty in 2019 and is ranked fourth in the history of the WNBA.
At the end of the season, Tina Charles had the most points scored in WNBA season on three occasions:
- 2016 - 688 points in 32 games for the New York Liberty.
- 2017- 671 points in 34 games for the New York Liberty.
- 2021 - 631 points in 27 games for the Washington Mystics.
Candice Dupree - 6,895
Candice Dupree has played 494 games in her WNBA career and has represented five franchises in the league scoring 6,895 points in her career. She started her journey with the Chicago Sky as they selected her as the 6th overall pick in 2006.
The power forward was a regular starter for the Chicago Sky with 2008 being the best season of her career as she scored 555 points in 34 games that season. She was traded to the Phoenix Mercury in 2010 where she would play alongside Diana Taurasi and win the WNBA Finals in 2014.
She was traded to the Indiana Fever in 2017 and was part of the Fever till 2020 before signing with the Seattle Storm in 2021 on a one-year contract. Among the top 10 all-time leading scorers in the WNBA, Dupree has the best Field Goal percentage at 49.5%.
Cappie Pondexter - 6,811
Selected by the Phoenix Mercury in the 2006 WNBA Draft as 2nd overall pick, Pondexter has amassed 6,811 career points having played for five WNBA franchises in her career.
The point guard played for the Mercury till 2009 before being traded to the New York Liberty. After five seasons, she was traded to the Chicago Sky and later signed with the Los Angele Sparks. After playing 13 games for the Sparks, she was signed by the Indiana Fever as a free agent in 2018.
She won two WNBA championships with the Phoenix Mercury in 2007 and 2009 alongside Diana Taurasi. She was key to the success and was awarded the WNBA Finals MVP in 2007.
Her best scoring record came in 2010 when she scored 729 points in 34 games averaging 21.4 PPG. She has played a total of 416 games in 13 seasons at the highest level and in 2019, she retired as one of the best scorers in the game.
She was the leagues scoring leader in three different seasons:
- 2009 - 648 points
- 2010 - 729 points
- 2912 - 695 points
Sue Bird - 6,803
Sue Bird has won it all in her career having spent 19 seasons in the WNBA and that too representing just one team, the Seattle Storm. After helping her team win two NCAA titles, she was bound to become a start in the future.
She was the 1st overall in the 2002 Draft and of the 580 games she has played in her long career, she has started each and every single game. She holds the record for having played the most number of matches in WNBA history.
She also holds the record for the most minutes played (18,079) and is the only player to have won a championship in three different decades which was in 2004, 2010, 2018, and 2020. She has recorded 3,234 assists in her career which is also a WNBA record.
She has also won the WNBA in-season tournament which is the Commissioner's Cup Championship in 2021. Although she is one of the true greats of the game, she was never awarded the WNBA MVP in her career.
DeWanna Bonner - 6,694
The 35-year-old SG/SF is still an active player and represents the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA. Last August, she was ranked 12th in the all-time scoring leaders list and has now jumped four places and is placed 8th having scored 6,694 career points.
The 5th overall pick in 2009 by the Phoneix Mercury has played 494 games in her WNBA career spending 13,617 minutes on the court. Her best seasons in terms of scoring were the 2018 and 2019 seasons when she scored 588 and 585 points respectively.
In her rookie season, she won her first championship and she averaged 8.8 PPG. The next championship she won was in 2014 and scored 12 points in the game along with 3 assists. She averaged 11.3 PPG that season.
Bonner missed the 2017 season due to her pregnancy and she played the season, maybe she could have caught up with Sue Bird in the all-time scoring leaders race. The 2019 season was her last season with the Mercury as was traded to the Sun the following season.
Candace Parker - 6,574
Candace Parker has overtaken Sylvia Fowles and Katie Smith to be ranked 9th on the list. Parker is one of the most popular figures in basketball and is surely among one of the greatest of the game.
Parker spent most of her career with the Los Angeles Sparks having been drafted by them in 2008 and mainly plays as either forward or center.
Not every player can have a dream start to their career like Parker did when she was named the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA MVP in her rookie season making her the first woman to be awarded both individual accolades. She was also named the MVP in 2013 as well.
in 2021, she signed with the Chicago Sky after spending 13 seasons with the Sparks as an unrestricted free agent. She has made a habit of winning a championship in her first season for whichever team she plays and she won her second WNBA title in her first Chicago Sky season.
She signed with the Las Vegas Aces in February 2023 and in her still-active career, she has played 410 games. In the ongoing season, she has already racked up 162 points in 18 games.
Katie Smith - 6,452
The former player-turned-basketball coach started her career with the Minnesota Lynx in 1999. She played as an SG/SF during her career and played for the Lynx till 2005. She later represented the Detroit Shock from 2006-2009.
She later joined the Washington Mystics for a single season in 2010 and played for the next two seasons for the Seattle Storm. In her last season as a player, she represented the New York Liberty.
In her career, she played a total of 482 games averaging 13.4 PPG. She has also scored an additional 1,433 career points in her ABL career. She is also a two-time WNBA champion in 2006 and 2008 with the Detroit Shock and was named the WNBA Finals MVP in 2008.