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Top 10 WNBA free agents: Four bigs who can score from anywhere will be highest priorities

Jonquel Jones, Elena Delle Donne, Breanna Stewart and Liz Cambage have helped transform the WNBA with their unique abilities. They are the best players among the league’s unrestricted free agents. Here’s a list featuring them, plus the other most coveted players who round out the top 10.

2019 WNBA Finals - Game Five
Elena Delle Donne (left) and Jonquel Jones (right) led their teams to the WNBA Finals last year. Will they remain in Washington and Connecticut, respectively?
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With free agency negotiations beginning on Jan. 28, it’s time to take a look at some of the best available players. From superstars to aging stars and up-and-comers, here’s a look at the top-10 unrestricted free agents in 2020.

1) Breanna Stewart

Current team: Seattle Storm

2019 season averages: did not play (injury)

WNBA years active: 3 (age 25)

WNBA: Finals-Seattle Storm at Washington Mystics
Breanna Stewart as seen at the 2018 WNBA Finals, which her Seattle team went on to win.
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Stewart won the national championship every year she was at UConn and was an obvious No. 1 overall selection in the 2016 WNBA Draft. She won the league’s MVP and Finals MVP awards in 2018 before sitting out the 2019 season (Achilles). In her first year back from that injury, she is expected to be in the MVP conversation again, and she is a few years younger than most players in that discussion.

2) Jonquel Jones

Current team: Connecticut Sun

2019 season averages: 14.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists, 1.3 steals

WNBA years active: 4 (age 26)

2019 WNBA Finals - Game Four
Jonquel Jones being announced before Game 4 of the 2019 WNBA Finals.
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Jones went to Clemson and then transferred to George Washington for college, so she didn’t have as high of a profile as Stewart entering the 2016 draft. Jones was selected sixth overall and since has proved herself to be among the league’s best players. Even with a 6-foot-6 frame, Jones has the ability to knock down shots from the perimeter. Her talents helped lead the Sun to the 2019 WNBA Finals and make a five-game series. Also on the younger side, she has a bright future ahead.

3) Elena Delle Donne

Current team: Washington Mystics

2019 season averages: 19.5 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.3 blocks

WNBA years active: 7 (age 30)

2019 WNBA Finals - Game Five
Elena Delle Donne, speechless, after winning her first WNBA Championship in 2019.
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In 2019, Delle Donne became the first WNBA player to tally a 50/40/90 season, won her second MVP award and won her first WNBA Championship. She is the best player in the world right now, but she is nearing the end of her prime and has dealt with injuries and illnesses her entire basketball career, dating back to college. How long Delle Donne stays at the top will likely be determined by what her body will allow.

4) Liz Cambage

Current team: Las Vegas Aces

2019 season averages: 15.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.6 blocks

WNBA years active: 4 (age 28)

Washington Mystics v Las Vegas Aces - Game Four
Liz Cambage helped her Aces push the Mystics to four games in the 2019 WNBA Semifinals.
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Cambage, who played in Australia from 2014 to 2017, nearly won the MVP award in 2018 with the Dallas Wings and holds the WNBA record for most points scored in a single game (53). She joined forces with 2018 Rookie of the Year A’ja Wilson in Las Vegas by signing with the Aces in 2019. As a result, she sacrificed some of her scoring, but Cambage still has the ability to hit from outside and dominate in the paint.

5) Brittney Griner

Current team: Phoenix Mercury

2019 season averages: 20.7 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.0 blocks

WNBA years active: 7 (age 29)

Minnesota Lynx v Phoenix Mercury
Brittney Griner as seen during a game against the Minnesota Lynx in 2019.
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Griner has upped her scoring over the past three seasons to truly fulfill the hype surrounding her in the 2013 draft. She averaged over 20 points per game in each season from 2017 to 2019; her prior career-best season stood at 15.6 points per game in 2014. Griner has developed a good midrange game and she has improved her post moves. A two-time Defensive Player of the Year, her blocking and and rebounding numbers are down. But Griner’s prolific scoring ability is at its best — she was the league’s leading scorer in 2019 (total and per game).

6) Chelsea Gray

Current team: Los Angeles Sparks

2019 season averages: 14.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.0 steals

WNBA years active: 5 (age 27)

Connecticut Sun v Los Angeles Sparks - Game Three
Chelsea Gray before Game 3 of the Sparks’ 2019 semifinals series against the Sun.
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Gray has been an All-Star selection in each of the past three seasons, and she is playing the best basketball of her career. Her 5.9 assists per game in 2019 marked a high for her career, and she shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range. Gray has turned into one of the best point guards in the league, and led the Sparks to the semifinals with poise as well as talent.

7) Courtney Vandersloot

Current team: Chicago Sky

2019 season averages: 11.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.4 steals

WNBA years active: 9 (age 30)

2019 WNBA Playoffs - Phoenix Mercury v Chicago Sky
Courtney Vandersloot attempting a layup during an early-round 2019 playoff game against the Mercury.
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Vandersloot has turned into an assists machine. Like Griner with points, Vandersloot has averaged at least eight assists in each of the past three seasons after her previous career high was 5.8 in 2015. Her shooting percentage from beyond the arc was down in 2019, but she is typically a good 3-point threat and overall scorer. Vandersloot has set the standard in the WNBA when it comes to pass-first guards.

8) Skylar Diggins-Smith

Current team: Dallas Wings

2019 season averages: did not play (maternity leave)

WNBA years active: 6 (age 29)

Dallas Wings v Atlanta Dream
Skylar Diggins-Smith as seen during a game against the Dream in 2018.
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Diggins-Smith will hope to pick up where she left off in 2018, with 17.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. She has been playing for the USA Basketball Women’s National Team and that should prepare her physically for the 2020 WNBA season. Not known for stellar 3-point shooting, Diggins-Smith is as talented as they come as a driver and distributor. She is still in her prime, though nearing the edge, like her fellow “three to see” stars Delle Donne and Griner.

9) Tina Charles

Current team: New York Liberty

2019 season averages: 16.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists

WNBA years active: 10 (age 31)

Indiana Fever v New York Liberty
Tina Charles at the free-throw line in a contest between the Liberty and Fever in 2019.
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Charles continues to perform like one of the best players in the league and has been a model of consistency. She has averaged at least 15.5 points in every season of her career; she is a seven-time All-Star. Charles is not an explosive or flashy player, but she gets the job done — often with inconsistent help.

10) Emma Meesseman

Current team: Washington Mystics

2019 season averages: 13.1 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists

WNBA years active: 6 (age 26)

2019 WNBA Finals - Game Four
Emma Meesseman prepares to shoot in Game 4 of the 2019 WNBA Finals.
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Meesseman is now best known for her phenomenal playoff run with the 2019 Mystics that led to a Finals MVP award. The Belgium native entered the league at age 20 and Mystics coach Mike Thibault has brought her along to the point where she could now become a star player. Meesseman has the midrange game, the Euro step and the inside touch. She even showed off some deadly 3-point potential in the Finals. Meesseman is not a volume shooter from distance, but averages 39.9 percent for her career.