Position: Shooting guard/small forward
Height/weight: 6-foot, 145 pounds
College: Texas Tech
WNBA career: 13 seasons (1997-2008, 2011)
Teams: Houston Comets (1997-2007), Seattle Storm (2008), Tulsa Shock (2011)
Career highlights: Four-time WNBA champion (1997-2000), three-time WNBA MVP (2000, 2002, 2005), six-time WNBA All-Star (1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2005), seven-time All-WNBA (1998-2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006), three-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2000, 2002, 2003)
Bottom line: Sheryl Swoopes' popularity propelled the WNBA in its early years, capitalizing off her fame from winning an NCAA championship at Texas Tech in 1993 and leading Team USA to the gold medal at the 1996 Olympics.
Swoopes helped lead the Houston Comets to four consecutive WNBA titles in the league's first four seasons and is one of just three players in WNBA history to win league MVP three times.