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Monster Stats: Active WNBA players with highest highs

Which WNBA players have put up the biggest numbers when at their best throughout their careers? Candace Parker of the Chicago Sky tops the list, but Breanna Stewart of the Seattle Storm, who comes in fifth, is the player to watch in 2021.

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Candace Parker was named WNBA MVP as a rookie in 2008 and won the award again in 2013.
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Longevity and consistency are often looked at when evaluating the all-time greats and rightfully so. But here’s a look at the WNBA players with the best proven capabilities in terms of putting up gaudy stats even if they only did it once.

To get each player’s “monster stat” score we added together their single-season career-best averages for each of the five major categories (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocks). It didn’t matter if the career bests for different categories happened in different seasons. Assist averages were multiplied by 1.5 before being added to the total. There was a requirement of at least 10 games played in the season in which a career-best was counted.

We also included the ages of each player to give you an idea of which ones could be poised to improve on their score with a monster 2021.


1) Candace Parker

Chicago Sky

Monster stat score: 44.4

Age: 35

Parker averaged 6.3 assists over 16 games in 2015. That’s what put her over the top on this list. Always known for her versatility, the two-time MVP has also averaged over 10 rebounds twice and over 20 points once.

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Candace Parker.
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2) Diana Taurasi

Phoenix Mercury

Monster stat score: 43.1

Age: 38

Taurasi’s 25.3 points per game in 2006 still stands as the best single-season scoring average in WNBA history. She is also an excellent distributor with a career-best of 6.2 assists per game (2013). Despite being a guard her decent career highs of 5.7 rebounds per game (2009) and 1.4 blocks per game (twice) raised her score even higher.

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Diana Taurasi.
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3) Tina Charles

Washington Mystics

Monster stat score: 42

Age: 32

Charles’ scoring and rebounding numbers obviously put her high on this list. She also notched 3.8 assists per game (1.1 higher than her second-best effort) in 2016 and had 1.8 blocks per game in 2011.

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Tina Charles.
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4) Maya Moore

Minnesota Lynx

Monster stat score: 41.2

Age: 31

Status: sitting out season

No word of retirement yet for one of the most versatile scorers to ever play the game. Moore can fill out the rest of the stat sheet, too, averaging career bests of 8.1 rebounds (2014), 4.2 assists (2016) and 1.9 steals (twice).

Minnesota Lynx v Los Angeles Sparks
Maya Moore.
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5) Breanna Stewart

Seattle Storm

Monster stat score: 40.1

Age: 26

Though not the reigning WNBA MVP, Stewart is in the middle of her prime and is the best player in the world. Can she climb this list in 2021 with a scoring average greater than her career-best of 21.8 (2018)?

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Breanna Stewart (center).
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6) Liz Cambage

Las Vegas Aces

Monster stat score: 39.4

Age: 29

Cambage is the queen of short-term monster stats, having once scored a WNBA-record 53 points in a game. During that 2018 season she averaged 23 points per game. Her career-bests of 9.7 rebounds per game (2018) and 2.4 blocks per game (2013) also helped her out.

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Liz Cambage.
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7) Brittney Griner

Phoenix Mercury

Monster stat score: 39.2

Age: 30

Griner has 0 MVP awards compared to draft mate Elena Delle Donne’s two, but appears ahead of the latter on this list. Her posting a ridiculous four blocks per game in 2015 is a big reason why.

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Brittney Griner.
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8) Sylvia Fowles

Minnesota Lynx

Monster stat score: 39.2

Age: 35

Another scoring and rebounding star like Tina Charles, Fowles also averaged 2.6 blocks per game in 2010. Her 11.9 rebounds per game in 2018 is the WNBA’s single-season record.

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Sylvia Fowles.
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9) Elena Delle Donne

Washington Mystics

Monster stat score: 38.4

Age: 31

Widely considered to be up there with Breanna Stewart as one of the best players in the world, Delle Donne’s rebounding numbers, like Brittney Griner’s, aren't up there with Sylvia Fowles and Tina Charles. She's also never averaged more than 2.3 assists per game. That's why she's not as high on this list as you might have expected her to be, but her 23.4 points per game in 2015 still got her into the Top 10.

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Elena Delle Donne.
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10) Angel McCoughtry

Las Vegas Aces

Monster stat score: 38

Age: 34

McCoughtry’s best days may be behind her, but she’s obviously one of the best scorers of her generation. She also averaged 2.7 steals per game in 2013.

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Angel McCoughtry.
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11) Nneka Ogwumike

Los Angeles Sparks

Monster stat score: 36.6

Age: 30

12) DeWanna Bonner

Connecticut Sun

Monster stat score: 36.3

Age: 33

13) A’ja Wilson

Las Vegas Aces

Monster stat score: 35.7

Age: 24

14) Seimone Augustus

Los Angeles Sparks

Monster stat score: 35.4

Age: 36

Status: signed to a training camp contract

15) Skylar Diggins-Smith

Phoenix Mercury

Monster stat score: 35.2

Age: 30

16) Courtney Vandersloot

Chicago Sky

Monster stat score: 35.1

Age: 32

17) Alyssa Thomas

Connecticut Sun

Monster stat score: 34.1

Age: 29

Status: will miss entire season due to injury

18) Natasha Howard

New York Liberty

Monster stat score: 33.7

Age: 29

19) Napheesa Collier

Minnesota Lynx

Monster stat score: 33.3

Age: 24

20) Jonquel Jones

Connecticut Sun

Monster stat score: 33.2

Age: 27

21) Arike Ogunbowale

Dallas Wings

Monster stat score: 32.5

Age: 24

22) Myisha Hines-Allen

Washington Mystics

Monster stat score: 31.6

Age: 24

23) Emma Meesseman

Unrestricted free agent

Monster stat score: 31.3

Age: 27

Status: will begin season overseas

24) Kristi Toliver

Los Angeles Sparks

Monster stat score: 31.2

Age: 34

25) Candice Dupree

Seattle Storm

Monster stat score: 31.1

Age: 36

26) Sue Bird

Seattle Storm

Monster stat score: 30.8

Age: 40

27) Epiphanny Prince

Seattle Storm

Monster stat score: 30.1

Age: 33

28) Odyssey Sims

Atlanta Dream

Monster stat score: 30

Age: 28

29) Betnijah Laney

New York Liberty

Monster stat score: 29.9

Age: 27

30) Jewell Loyd

Seattle Storm

Monster stat score: 29.8

Age: 27