The WNBA is now in its 17th season, meaning a number of its players have established a body of work to merit consideration alongside their male counterparts.
At present, Cynthia Cooper and Dawn Staley are the only woman with significant WNBA time in the Basketball Hall of Fame; 13 other female players and a dozen coaches are in on the strength of their college or international careers.
That will undoubtedly change in the next few years when WNBA legends start to be Hall of Fame-eligible. There may come a point where a WNBA player is inducted into the Hall of Fame almost every year.
Here are seven WNBA players, five current and two retired, who will one day make it into the Naismith Hall of Fame.
Player-efficiency rating and win shares statistics courtesy of Basketball-reference.com.