Top 10 Tallest WNBA Players Of All Time
Ranking the 10 tallest basketball players in WNBA history.
Who is the tallest WNBA player right now? China’s Han Xu is the tallest currently active player in the WNBA at 6-foot-10. Drawing comparisons to Chinese former NBA star Yao Ming, Xu definitely lived up to the hype as one of the key players for the Chinese national team at the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Xu led China to its first silver medal at that event since 1994.
Who is the tallest WNBA player ever? At 7-foot-2, Malgorzata “Margo” Dydek is the only 7-footer in WNBA history to have appeared in a league game. A FIBA Hall of Famer, Dydek is the WNBA’s all-time career blocked-shots leader with 877.
Ranking the Top 10 Tallest WNBA Players of all time
- Mercedes Russell
Years Active: 2018 to present
Teams: New York Liberty, Seattle Storm
A second-round pick in the 2018 WNBA Draft, Mercedes Russell is still growing into the game and finding her place in the league. A standout player in the WNBL, she has skills that will eventually translate consistently to the WNBA level.
- Sylvia Fowles Height: 6-foot-6
Years Active: 2008 to 2022
Teams: Chicago Sky, Minnesota Lynx
Sylvia Fowles, also known as “Sweet Syl” and several other nicknames (including “Baby Shaq”), recently announced her retirement from the league and will go down as one of the top WNBA players of all time. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Fowles’ career honors include two WNBA championships, two WNBA Finals MVP awards, and the league’s 2017 MVP award.
- Jonquel Jones Height: 6-foot-6
Years Active: 2016 to present
Teams: Connecticut Sun, New York Liberty
Jonquel Jones was among the New York Liberty’s key additions during the past offseason and joins Breanna Stewart on one of the 2023 WNBA’s two superteams. Jones, who once had 44 points and 22 rebounds in a EuroBasket game, is one of the top bigs in today’s WNBA. The league’s 2021 MVP, Jones is still looking for her first WNBA championship, which could come as early as this year.
- Teaira McCowan Height: 6-foot-7
Years Active: 2019 to present
Teams: Indiana Fever, Dallas Wings
Drafted third overall by the Indiana Fever in 2019, Teaira McCowan is one of the top bigs in the WNBA. A star in the Turkish league, McCowan missed the start of the current WNBA season due to overseas obligations, but she has already recorded three double-doubles for the Dallas Wings in 2023.
- Maria Stepanova Height: 6-foot-8
Years Active: 1998 to 2001, 2005
Team: Phoenix Mercury
Russia’s Maria Stepanova had a brief stint in the WNBA, playing for the Phoenix Mercury from 1998 to 2001. She took a few seasons off before rejoining the Mercury in 2005, when she averaged career per-game highs in points (10.8) and blocks (2.5). Stepanova is a three-time winner of both the FIBA Europe Women’s Player of the Year and Russian Player of the Year awards.
- Liz Cambage Height: 6-foot-9
Years Active: 2011 to present
Teams: Tulsa Shock, Dallas Wings, Los Angeles Sparks, Las Vegas Aces
One of the best Australian women’s basketball players of all time, Liz Cambage finally made the transition to the WNBA in 2011. A very controversial star, the outspoken Cambage has no problem expressing her opinions, although the 31-year-old is not currently on an active WNBA roster. A four-time WNBA All-Star and the league’s 2018 scoring leader, Cambage was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2011 draft. If she does return to the WNBA this season, she will instantly regain her status as one of the league’s top players.
- Brittney Griner
Years Active: 2013 to present
Team: Phoenix Mercury
Brittney Griner has been a force in the WNBA since her arrival in 2013, when she was the No. 1 overall pick in the league’s annual draft. Griner will likely go down as one of the best women’s basketball players of all time. A two-time league scoring champion and eight-time WNBA blocked-shots leader, Griner has won both the NCAA and WNBA championships.
- Han Xu Height: 6-foot-10
Years Active: 2019 to present
Team: New York Liberty
Han Xu is the tallest active player in the WNBA. Drawing comparisons to Yao Ming, she truly lived up to the hype as a key player on the Chinese national team that won a silver medal at the 2002 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. Xu had a phenomenal game against Australia in the semifinals with 19 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. She is currently sidelined with a foot injury but should return at some point this season.
- Bernadett Hatar Height: 6-foot-10
Years Active: 2021
Team: Indiana Fever
Hungary’s Bernadett Hatar played most of her professional career overseas before joining the Indiana Fever with whom she saw action in just seven games during a 2021 season cut short due to an injury. Hatar never really got a chance to show her skills in the WNBA, although she remains second-tallest player in league history, trailing only Malgorzata Dydek.
- Malgorzata “Margo” Dydek Height: 7-foot-2
Years Active: 1998 to 2008
Teams: Utah Starzz, San Antonio Silver Stars, Connecticut Sun, Los Angeles Sparks
Malgorzata Dydek is the only player in WNBA history who stood more than 7 feet tall and appeared in a league game. So, it comes as no surprise that the FIBA Hall of Famer from Poland and No. 1 overall pick in the 1998 WNBA Draft holds the league’s career record of 877 blocked shots. Tragically, Dydek passed away in 2011 at the age of 37.
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