Top 15 Hottest Players Currently in the WNBA
When considering the hottest female athletes in sports today, tennis and even soccer might be the first sports to come to mind. However, there happen to be some good looking ladies who make a living by playing in the WNBA. The sport might be dominated by women who have great size and above average strength, but off the court many of these woman are perfectly capable of letting their hair down to show their more feminine side. These women have to compete harder than most men to win roster spots in what is only a 12-team league, so it can often be hard to see more than their pure grit and determination.
Many of these players do not have the time or inclination to appear in magazine spreads or photo shoots, however, through social media and WNBA media days, it is easy to see how attractive they can be. One of the stars of the league, Lauren Jackson, has been good enough to draw attention from Sports Illustrated, while Skylar Diggins and Candace Parker have certainly spent plenty of time in front of a photographer’s lens. There was a time when ex-player Lisa Leslie was one of the WNBA’s biggest stars as well as one of the most beautiful women in all of sports, so it should come with no surprise that there are other players who are capable of being so photogenic. There might be some time before any of the league’s current crop of players receive the attention that Leslie has been able to receive, but it will certainly not hurt the sport if any of them can come pretty close.
The following is a list of the leagues 15 hottest current players that will give a good indication of the photogenic talent that exists. There might be more to add to this list, but there certainly is ample evidence to support the inclusion of these particular WNBA players on this esteemed list.
15. Jennifer Lacy
Despite going undrafted in 2006, Jennifer Lacy is already in her 10th year in the league. She has predominantly been a bench player throughout her career, but has still managed to average 5.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game. Her contributions on the court might not measure up to many others on this list, but her racy photos on the internet go a long way to support her inclusion. Lacy has a pout and sultry look that complements her good body and above average looks. For all those men who might find her to be quite attractive, sorry to say that Lacy doesn’t exactly prefer men. She has scored 1,373 points in her WNBA career and certainly scores even more points for her racy photos found on the internet that represent her quite well.
14. Kayla McBride
Kayla McBride might play with fury on the basketball court, but her warm inviting smile gives her quite a different look. She is athletic and moves quite well with good size for a guard, but what made her the third overall pick of the 2014 WNBA Draft is the fact that she can score. In her first WNBA season in 2014, McBride averaged 13.0 points per game while shooting almost 40% from 3-point range and just under 85% from the free throw line. She started all 34 games for the San Antonio Stars and has been playing even more in 2015. This season, she has been averaging 14.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, an improvement over last year. She is a fresh new face in the league and certainly one of the most attractive players in the league and the San Antonio roster.
13. Cayla Francis
Cayla Francis has been playing professional basketball since 2005, but the Australian center is in her very first year playing in the WNBA. She stands tall and has fairly long blonde hair and like many Australian professional players, she comes into the league with nicely tanned skin and exotic good looks. Francis has averaged 6.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in her first year of play for the Phoenix Mercury, blending her good athleticism with good height and professional experience that has so far made quite an impression in the WNBA. She might spend most of her time coming off the bench, but she is playing well enough to remain in the league. With her looks, fans of the Mercury certainly hope she stays.
12. Tayler Hill
Tayler Hill turned more than just a few heads at the 2013 WNBA Draft. The fact that she was the 4th overall pick of the draft drew some well deserved attention, but not to be lost in the commotion was that she was dressed to kill. Hill has had her struggles living up to her first round hype, but has still managed to average 6.1 points per game while making only seven WNBA starts. There is more time for Hill to improve with the Washington Mystics, but she can at least rest assured that she has plenty of game off the court. With her pretty smile and well proportioned frame, she knows how to work a camera and make fans forget about her lack of minutes played.
11. Sydney Carter
Sydney Carter has had her difficulties trying to break into the league, but she has managed to find a spot somewhere by playing for three different teams in three consecutive years. Last season, she added her beautiful smile to the Indiana Fever where she averaged 3.2 points and 1.3 assists per game in 23 games played. She currently plays for the Atlanta Dream spending most of her time trapped on the bench. She has at least averaged 3.3 points per game for her career, but certainly has to shoot better than 30% from the field to continue to play in the competitive WNBA league. When Carter is off the court, she can let her long hair down, bringing more attention to her sincere brown eyes. She might be struggling to live her “dream” playing for Atlanta, but she doesn’t have to worry too much about being a dream date for many of the men in Atlanta.
10. Briann January
Briann January has a smile that seems to go from ear to ear. She has washboard abs and an extremely athletic body to complement her good looks and genuine smile. January was a first round selection of the Indiana Fever in the 2009 WNBA Draft, and is playing in her seventh WNBA season. She has spent her entire career as a member of the Fever. In 2014, she earned her first WNBA All-Star selection after averaging 10.3 points and 3.7 assists per game. In 2013-14, January helped coach Adelphi University to the NCAA tournament as a number two seed. She has the smile and fitness to make more than just an average impression in front of a camera.
9. Swin Cash
Swin Cash might have the extreme look of determination on the court but when she is the subject of photographs, she has no problem loosening up. Cash was the second overall pick of the Detroit Shock in the 2002 WNBA Draft and currently plays for the New York Liberty. She has been a WNBA All-Star four times, and has been on three WNBA championship teams. Cash has also been a member of two USA gold medal winning Olympic teams, proving her winning ways. She has averaged 11.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in seasons in the league. As successful as she is on the court, she also makes a positive impression with photographers. She can be elegant or racy, but in either case she leaves little doubt that she can heat things up through a lens.
8. Jasmine Lister
Jasmine Lister is new to the WNBA but already seems to have the look that can help elevate the popularity of the women’s game. She is spunky and exceedingly cute with her hair straight or wavy with alluring curls. The Los Angeles Sparks guard just got called up for her shot to finally play in the league, hopping on a plane and leaving her role as a UConn assistant coach behind her for the time being. After playing 31 minutes in a game against the Connecticut Sun, Lister might not be leaving anytime soon. She is averaging 5.0 points per game, while averaging just 14 minutes of play so far this season. It might not be much, but Lister is sure to leave a lasting impression off the court. She is petite and curvy, having the ability to add a little heat to any photo opportunity.
7. Candice Wiggins
Candice Wiggins came into the WNBA as the third overall pick of the Minnesota Lynx in the 2008 Draft. She had a terrific rookie season, averaging 15.7 points per game while earning honors for being the Sixth Woman of the Year. The four-time All-American from Stanford achieved most of her success at a younger age, but still plays in the WNBA for the New York Liberty. Wiggins currently might not be a star, but she does have a beautiful head of hair that allows her to have many different looks through a camera’s lens. Whether her hair is up in the air, wavy or straight, it is hard to miss her sincere dark eyes. She is extremely photogenic, a Stanford graduate and even won three gold medals as a member of Team USA.
6. Lauren Jackson
It is easy to be attracted to Lauren Jackson as she is a beautiful Australian woman who stands above any crowd with her height, well over six feet tall. Jackson was the first overall pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft, and has been a seven time WNBA All-Star as well as a three time WNBA MVP. She has averaged over 20 points per game in a season in five different campaigns and over 9 rebounds per game three different years. Jackson has been a star in the league for all 12 seasons she has played. She might be a dominant player in the women’s game, but she is very capable at displaying her delicate features off the court. Jackson is no stranger to looking hot in a swimsuit, having shown her racier side in Sports Illustrated along with other publications and websites.
5. Leilani Mitchell
Leilani Mitchell might be more cute than hot, but whatever the case, she is very photogenic and knows how to make a good impression through the camera’s lens. The American-Australian player has been in the WNBA since starting out with the New York Liberty in 2008. She currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury, but had her best season with New York in 2010 when she averaged 9.3 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game, while starting in 34 games. She was honored with the WNBA’s Most Improved Player Award that same year. Mitchell once dated Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose in 2008, and judging by her beautiful smile and beautifully toned skin, he certainly made a good choice. If she can play like she did in 2010 once again, she will attract more than just Derrick Rose.
4. Elena Delle Donne
Elena Delle Donne was a highly touted recruit out of Delaware, becoming the Chicago Sky’s number one draft choice and the 2013 WNBA Rookie of the Year. She has been scintillating on the court and just as hot in photographs. Delle Donne is tall, tanned and lean, with sandy blonde hair that compliments her beautiful facial features. She might look more at home on a beach, but she can terrorize opponents on the court. Delle Donne has averaged 19.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game with the Sky. She is a two-time WNBA All-Star, and led all players in votes for the 2013 All-Star game as a rookie. Elena Delle Donne has just broken into the league, but has already received a fair share of attention. After seeing some of her pics, it is certainly easy to understand why.
3. Candace Parker
Candace Parker has done plenty to help advance the WNBA and women’s basketball. Her bright smile and rosy cheeks have made her one of the most photogenic faces of the league and women’s professional basketball, while her talent has made her even more legit. Parker was the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and followed that up by being the second woman to dunk in a WNBA game. She was not only the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2008, but also the league’s MVP that same year. Parker has been a first team WNBA All-Star on three separate occasions and has been clutch in the playoffs as well, averaging 20.6 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in 21 postseason games. Her play might be solid and complete, but her smile is sweet and body is hot.
2. Erin Phillips
Erin Phillips might have created quite a stir by posing in the men’s magazine, Alpha, dressed in skimpy lingerie, but that only did wonders to help catapult her up this list. The Australian guard might not have made any WNBA All-Star teams throughout her career, but did help her teams win two WNBA championships. She won one with the Indiana Fever in 2012 and another with the Phoenix Mercury in 2014. She also helped Australia win the silver medal at the Bejiing Olympics in 2008, and a gold medal at the World Championships in 2006. Off the court in front of a camera is where Phillips really knows how to shine. She has a powerful body, blonde hair, and exotic eyes, that make a bold statement when she warms up to a camera’s lens.
1. Skylar Diggins
It might surprise some that Skylar Diggins tops this list, but her ability to sizzle on the cover of magazines and photo shoots is hard to top. She can look sassy, elegant and playful, having no fear or lack of confidence when she is the subject of a camera’s lens. Diggins is no stranger to appearing in Sports Illustrated and has been on the cover as well as in several other magazines, despite the fact that she only started her WNBA career in 2013. The former McDonald’s High School All-American starred at Notre Dame, where she became the school’s all-time leading scorer. Last season at Tulsa, she became an All-Star, while also earning the honors of being the WNBA’s Most Improved Player by averaging 20.1 points and 5.0 assists per game. She is an All-Star who has no problem being the star attraction at any photo shoot.