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Candace Parker twice won Gatorade’s National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award while attending high school in Naperville, Illinois, then went on to lead Tennessee to two NCAA titles in college. In 2016, she helped the Los Angeles Sparks win the franchise’s second WNBA Finals title. All this success has made her one of the top women’s basketball player on Instagram with more than half a million followers.

BASKETBALL QUEENS OF INSTAGRAM

Queens of Basketball: Candace Parker, Elena Delle Donne, Sue Bird tops on Instagram

Recently surging past Parker in terms of Instagram followers, is LA Sparks star T’ea Cooper who became the first WNBAer with more than one million followers, while New York Liberty point guard Sabrina Ionescu — who counted Kobe Bryant among her many fans before his untimely passing — is rising fast in third place. Currently, all the players in the top dozen are Americans, with New Yorkers and Missourians each represented twice each.

UPDATED March 21, 2024

12) SWIN CASH

Swintayla Marie Cash Canal
Born September 22, 1979 📍 McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Last team: New York Liberty
Instagram followers: 95 thousand

11) NNEKA OGWUMIKE

Nnemkadi Chinwe Victoria Ogwumike
Born July 2, 1990 📍 Tomball, Texas
Current team: Los Angeles Sparks
Instagram followers: 122 thousand

10) BECKY HAMMON

Rebecca Lynn Hammon
Born March 11, 1977 📍 Rapid City, South Dakota
Current team: San Antonio Spurs (asst. coach)
Instagram followers: 135 thousand

9) BREANNA STEWART

Breanna Mackenzie Stewart
Born August 27, 1994 📍 Syracuse, New York
Current team: Seattle Storm
Instagram followers: 371 thousand

7) LISA LESLIE

Lisa Deshaun Leslie
Born July 7, 1972 📍 Gardena, California
Current team: Los Angeles Sparks
Instagram followers: 315 thousand

6) MAYA MOORE

Maya April Moore
Born June 11, 1989 📍 Jefferson City, Missouri
Last team: Minnesota Lynx
Instagram followers: 275 thousand

12) ELENA DELLE DONNE

Elena Delle Donne
Born September 5, 1989 📍 Wilmington, Delaware
Current team: Washington Mystics
Instagram followers: 449 thousand

11) SUE BIRD

Suzanne Brigit Bird
Born October 16, 1980 📍 Syosset, New York
Current team: Seattle Storm
Instagram followers: 745 thousand

10) JUJU WATKINS

Judea Skies “JuJu” Watkins
Born July 15, 2005 📍 Los Angeles, California
Current team: USC Trojans
Instagram followers: 864 thousand

9) A’JA WILSON

A’ja Riyadh Wilson
Born August 8, 1996 📍 Hopkins, South Carolina
Current team: Las Vegas Aces
Instagram followers: 970 thousand

8) SKYLAR DIGGINS-SMITH

Swintayla Marie Cash Canal
Born September 22, 1979 📍 McKeesport, Pennsylvania
Last team: New York Liberty
Instagram followers: 1 million

7) CANDACE PARKER

Candace Nicole Parker
Born April 19, 1986 📍 St. Louis, Missouri
Current team: Los Angles Sparks
Instagram followers: 1.1 million

6) CAMERON BRINK

Cameron Brink
Born September 22, 1979 📍 Princeton, New Jersey
Current team: Los Angeles Sparks
Instagram followers: 1.1 million

5) SABRINA IONESCU

Sabrina Elaine Ionescu
Born December 6, 1997 📍 Walnut Creek, California
Current team: New York Liberty
Instagram followers: 1.2 million

4) PAIGE BUECKERS

Paige Madison Bueckers
Born October 20, 2001 📍 Edina, Minnesota
Current team: UConn Huskies
Instagram followers: 1.9 million

3) TE’A COOPER

Te’a Omari Cooper
Born April 16, 1997 📍 Montclair, New Jersey
Current team: Phoenix Mercury
Instagram followers: 2.4 million

2) CAITLIN CLARK

Caitlin Clark
Born January 22, 2002 📍 Des Moines, Iowa
Current team: Indiana Fever
Instagram followers: 2.5 million

1) ANGEL REESE

Angel Reese
Born January 22, 2002 📍 Randallstown, Maryland
Current team: Chicago Sky
Instagram followers: 3.3 million