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Predicting the 10 best WNBA players in the 2020s

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After naming the 10 best WNBA players of the 2010s, it’s time to start thinking about who will define the next decade. Here are our early nominees. 

Connecticut Sun v Seattle Storm
Returning to the court in 2020, Breanna Stewart is poised to dominate the WNBA over the next decade.
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Over the last week or so, we’ve named the 10 best WNBA Players of the 2010s, honoring those who made the most significant impact on the WNBA both on and off the court.

So, who’s got next?

Here are 10 candidates, plus a few honorable mentions, who are likely to shape the league in the next decade:

Breanna Stewart (Seattle Storm)

Snubbed from the 10 Best WNBA Players of 2010s list due to putting in only three seasons of work, a healthy Stewie absolutely should own the 2020s.

Diamond DeShields (Chicago Sky)

The rising star for the Chicago Sky could be the next decade’s most dynamic player.

A’ja Wilson (Las Vegas Aces)

An instant impact player since she entered the league, look for Wilson and her winning ways to carry the Las Vegas Aces to new heights in the next decade.

Jonquel Jones (Connecticut Sun)

While Jones impressed in her first full season as the focal point for the Connecticut Sun, she has room to improve, suggesting the Bahamian Beast could dominate in the 2020s.

Naphessa Collier (Minnesota Lynx)

Collier appears poised to become the 2020s’ version of Nneka Ogwumike, a superstar glue gal whose team always will be in title contention.

Arike Ogunbowale (Dallas Wings)

Expect the electric Ogunbowale to get more buckets than anyone else in the league in the 2020s.

Teaira McCowan (Indiana Fever)

Although her significant improvement over the course of her rookie season was somewhat overlooked, McCowan showed that she has the stuff to be an automatic double-double machine over the next decade.

Kelsey Mitchell (Indiana Fever)

Under the direction of new Indiana head coach Marianne Stanley, Mitchell may finally find the consistency needed to make her one of the league’s most dangerous shooters.

Jordin Canada (Seattle Storm)

In the next decade, Canada is primed to move beyond being Stewie’s leading sidekick in Seattle and become a star in her own right, using her raw speed and still-refining feel to become the league’s best point guard.

Sabrina Ionescu (Oregon Ducks ... New York Liberty?)

It seems almost guaranteed that Ionescu will set the WNBA’s single-season and all-time triple-double records in the 2020s. Will she also lead the Liberty to their first title?

Honorable mentions

Other college upperclassmen to keep in mind: Chennedy Carter and Lauren Cox

Fresh-faced collegians to follow: Aliyah Boston and Haley Jones

Prepsters who could crash the party: Paige Bueckers and Azzi Fudd

Legends never die: Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi