Monday, August 3, 2009

Longest Tenures With a Given Team

There are at least a couple of players who have played in every season of the WNBA - Lisa Leslie is retiring this year and I don't think Tina Thompson will ever retire - but it's also an accomplishment to spend several years with the same team, year after year, until you're almost identified with the franchise itself.

Here are the WNBA leaders in the category of most seasons with a particular team. Names in bold are still playing in the WNBA, just not necessarily for the listed team.

Twelve Seasons

Lisa Leslie, Sparks, 1997-2006, 2008-present
Tina Thompson, Comets, 1997-2008 (*)

Eleven Seasons

Mwadi Mabika, Sparks, 1997-2007
Ticha Penicheiro, Monarchs, 1999-present

Ten Seasons

Sheryl Swoopes, Comets, 1997-2000, 2002-07

Nine Seasons

Deanna Nolan, Shock, 2001-present
Lauren Jackson, Storm, 2001-present
Tamecka Dixon, Sparks, 1997-2005
Vickie Johnson, Liberty, 1997-2005
Yolanda Griffith, Monarchs, 1999-2007

Eight Seasons

Andrea Stinson, Sting, 1997-2004
Becky Hammon, Liberty, 1999-2006
Coco Miller, Mystics, 2001-08
Janeth Arcain, Comets, 1997-2003, 2005
Murriel Page, Mystics, 1998-2005
Ruthie Bolton, Monarchs, 1997-2004
Sue Bird, Storm, 2002-present
Tamika Catchings, Fever, 2002-present

(*) - Thompson's tenure was interrupted only by the Houston Comets folding.