Top 8 Highest Paid WNBA Players

    August 19, 2019 | Basketball Sports Highest Paid WNBA Players

    Professional athletes make way more than the average joes — unless they’re from the WNBA. By comparison, what WNBA players are making are mere chump change for their counterparts in the NBA. But there are a smattering of WNBA hoopers who are earning over six figures. Nitrogen Sports Blog does the research and lists down the 8 highest paid WNBA players.

    DeWanna Bonner (Phoenix Mercury)

    Leading the WNBA for salary, DeWanna Bonner will earn $127,500 for the 2019 season, per Spotrac. While that’s mere chump change for NBA players, Bonner’s salary, in fact, puts her at the apex of the top paid WNBA players rankings.

    As a forward for the Phoenix Mercury, Bonner is the top of the league for point scoring average at 19.4. This year marks her third time participating in the WNBA All-Star Game.

    Jewell Loyd (Seattle Storm)

    Another All-Star contender, Jewell Loyd will earn $119,500 this year. Loyd and her Storm teammates emerged victorious in the 2018 WNBA season. They defeated the Washington Mystics, with Loyd playing guard.

    Skylar Diggins-Smith (Dallas Wings)

    Skylar Diggins-Smith will return to the Dallas Wings this year as point guard. Making the maximum regular salary, Diggins-Smith will earn $117,500. Furthermore, she is returning to the game after giving birth this past April. Diggins-Smith comes back still among the highest paid WNBA players.

    Candice Dupree – (Indiana Fever)

    In Candice Dupree’s 14 years as a professional player, she competed in 7 All-Star games. She’s a seasoned veteran with a consistent record. As a result, she often brings balance to a team that trends younger.

    Chiney Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks)

    The younger sister of Nneka Ogwumike, Chiney played for Connecticut until the current season. Chiney Ogwumike is not only a force on the court. She is also a sharp NBA analyst on ESPN and vice-president of the WNBA Player’s union. And of course, she is still part of the group of top paid WNBA players.

    Tina Charles (New York Liberty)

    Tina Charles is no stranger to accolades. Voted WNBA MVP in 2012, she also holds two Olympic gold medals. Another seven-time All-Star, Charles leads the Liberty in points and rebounds – 17.9 and 7.6.

    Emma Messeman – Washington Mystics

    Originally from Belgium, Emma Messeman led her native team to the 2018 FIBA World Cup. It was the first time that they had qualified for the event. In the US, she plays for the Washington Mystics – and has since 2013. She has parlayed his excellent play on the international stage into the United States, where she’s become one of the top paid WNBA players.

    Angel McCoughtry (Atlanta Dream)

    Now in her tenth year with the Dream, Angel McCoughtry’s 2018 season saw her hit 5,000 points. A late season injury sidelined her in the 2018 championship games. While she is still recovering, there’s no doubt she’ll be a dominant force when she fully returns to play.

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    As the great philosopher Kawhi Leonard once said, the “board man gets paid.” The same is true for women hoopers, especially for the highest paid WNBA players we’ve mentioned on this list.

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