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Milestones

Player 1000 Games Player 2000 Games Player 3000 Games Player  4000 Games Player 5000 Games
Cynthia Cooper 45 Cynthia Cooper 90 Elena Delle Donne 148 Diana Taurasi 197 Diana Taurasi 243
Seimone Augustus 46 Seimone Augustus 93 Seimone Augustus 151 Angel McCoughtry 206 Angel McCoughtry 257
Elena Delle Donne 52 Elena Delle Donne 98 Diana Taurasi 151 Cappie Pondexter 208 Lauren Jackson 259
A'ja Wilson 53 Breanna Stewart 100 Cappie Pondexter 154 Lauren Jackson 209 Cappie Pondexter 260
Tamika Catchings 54 Diana Taurasi 104 Angel McCoughtry 154 Seimone Augustus 213 Tina Charles 275
Breanna Stewart 54 Cappie Pondexter 104 Lauren Jackson 162 Maya Moore 217 Seimone Augustus 283
Jennifer Gillom 55 Angel McCoughtry 108 Maya Moore 163 Tina Charles 226 Lisa Leslie 287
Natalie Williams 56 Lauren Jackson 109 Chamique Holdsclaw 165 Chamique Holdsclaw 227 Candace Parker 287
Cappie Pondexter 56 Katie Smith 110 Katie Smith 167 Candace Parker 229 Tamika Catchings 304
Nikki McCray 57 Tamika Catchings 111 Candace Parker 170 Lisa Leslie 230 Tina Thompson 309
Lisa Leslie 57                

Diana Taurasi took 291 games to reach 6000, 348 to reach 7000, and 406 to reach 8000 to be fastest to all three


How about reaching the scoring landmarks at the youngest age?

Player  1000 Age Player 2000 Age Player 3000 Age Player 4000 Age Player 5000 Age
Lauren Jackson 22-27 Lauren Jackson 23-65 Lauren Jackson 25-27 Lauren Jackson 26-78 Lauren Jackson 28-96
Penny Taylor 22-89 Breanna Stewart 23-355 Diana Taurasi 26-27 Diana Taurasi 27-86 Diana Taurasi 29-34
Tina Charles 22-259 Seimone Augustus 24-88 Maya Moore 26-71 Tina Charles 27-273 Tina Charles 29-199
Breanna Stewart 22-332 Tina Charles 24-227 Tina Charles 26-216 Maya Moore 28-25 Cappie Pondexter 30-238
Chamique Holdsclaw 22-360 Jewell Loyd 24-305 Angel McCoughtry 26-361 Angel McCoughtry 28-314 Angel McCoughtry 31-252
Candice Dupree  23-0 Diana Taurasi 24-348 Candice Dupree 27-7 Nneka Ogwumike 29-54 Candice Dupree 32-10
A'ja Wilson 23-12 Candice Dupree 25-12 Nneka Ogwumike 27-40 Semone Augustus 29-108 Tamika Catchings 32-23
Emma Meesseman 23-23 Maya Moore 25-16 Alana Beard 27-87 Cappie Pondexter 29-164 Seimone Augustus 32-78
Seimone Augustus 23-47 Penny Taylor 25-67 Seimone Augustus 27-101 Candice Dupree 29-320 Candace Parker 32-108
Diana Taurasi 23-68 Alana Beard 25-89 Cappie Pondexter 27-206 Tamika Catchings 30-47 Tina Thompson 33-117

Ages are listed in Years-Days.  Diana Taurasi is the youngest to 6000 at 31-61, the youngest to 7000 at 34-13, and the youngest to 8000 at 35-359.  If you want to see all the players who have reached each milestone click here:

1000  2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000

Let's break them down by draft class:

Class 1000 2000 3000 4000 5000 6000 7000 8000
originals 15 9 4 2 1 1    
1997 10 7 4 2 1 1 1  
1998 12 6 2 1 1      
1999 26 17 11 6 4 1    
2000 11 4 1          
2001 14 11 7 4 3 2 1  
2002 10 6 5 3 2 1    
2003 6 3 2 1        
2004 10 7 7 5 2 1 1 1
2005 10 6 2          
2006 8 5 5 5 3 2    
2007 9 3 2          
2008 12 8 3 3      
2009 9 7 4 3 1      
2010 4 2 2 1 1      
2011 9 5 1 1        
2012 8 4 2 1        
2013 11 5 2          
2014 9 3            
2015 4 1            
2016 4 1            
2017 2              
2018 2              
2019                
Totals 215 120 66 38 21 9 3 1

Originals are players that were on opening day rosters in 1997 but were not drafted in the Elite Draft or the 1997 draft.  Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoopes fit in this category.  Undrafted and assigned players who have entered the league since then without being drafted are included with the year of their debut.  Thus Katie Smith goes with 1999 and Adrian Williams goes with 2000.  Drafted players go with the year they are drafted even if they didn't appear until a later season.  Tamika Catchings goes with 2001.  The 1997 Elite Draft is included in 1997. 

Click here for a listing of players who are within range of crossing important milestones this season.


While we're on the subject of draft classes, let's take a glance at which ones have produced the most awards. 

Year MVP All WNBA 1st All WNBA 2nd DPY All DEF 1st All DEF 2nd MIP 6OY Sportsmanship Finals MVP All Star USA
originals 8 20 14 7 4 2 2 6 34 3
1997 6 8 2 2 21 1
1998 3 2 5 4 3 13 1
1999 1 9 17 2 1 3 1 6 2 63 10
2000 1 1 5 1
2001 4 18 13 6 16 11 3 4 4 36 7
2002 5 8 2 1 4 24 7
2003 2 1 1 3 6 1
2004 1 13 6 2 6 11 2 2 26 5
2005 7 8 1 2 1
2006 5 9 2 1 2 25 4
2007 1 3 2 1
2008 3 8 7 3 7 5 3 3 3 19 2
2009 3 5 10 4 3 4 15 2
2010 1 5 4 1 4 10 2
2011 1 7 5 4 6 1 1 18 1
2012 1 2 3 4 3 1 1 10
2013 8 5 2 3 3 2 1 1 21
2014 2 2 1 2 3 1 15
2015 1 1 1 1 4
2016 1 1 3 1 1 1 1 1 4
2017  
2018     1   1 2         3  
2019                     1  

All Stars include those that missed the game due to injury and those selected to replace them.  USA is for the games between WNBA select teams and Team USA, like The Game at Radio City in 2004.  I put them in a separate column because the W is inconsistent about how it counts them.  Sometimes they're included in All Star appearances and sometimes not.


You want more draft class stuff?  OK, how about a chart of how many draftees made appearances from each draft

Draft Draftees Appeared Initial Appeared Eventual
Elite 16 15 94% 15 94%
1997 32 31 97% 31 97%
1998 40 35 88% 37 93%
1999 50 48 96% 49 98%
2000 64 44 69% 44 69%
2001 64 38 59% 40 63%
2002 64 27 42% 29 45%
2003 42 19 45% 22 52%
2004 38 27 71% 31 82%
2005 39 22 56% 25 64%
2006 42 28 67% 31 74%
2007 39 23 59% 27 69%
2008 43 34 79% 36 84%
2009 39 20 51% 23 59%
2010 36 18 50% 23 64%
2011 36 23 64% 24 67%
2012 36 18 50% 24 67%
2013 36 24 67% 36 72%
2014 36 19 53% 24 67%
2015 36 20 56% 21 58%
2016 36 21 58% 23 64%
2017 36 20 56% 22 61%
2018 36 21 58% 21 58%
2019 36 24 67%    

 

Appeared Initial is the number and percent of draftees who made appearances the year they were drafted.  Appeared Eventual is the number and percent of draftees who made appearances at any time.  Players have debuted as long as seven years after being drafted.

1997-2002 were four round drafts.  2003-present have been three rounds.  Elite draft was two rounds.