Ranking the WNBA championship teams is like trying to decide which spectacular ocean sunset is the best. Each champion gets the same trophy and title, a designation that can never be taken away. But in this silver anniversary season, with the league soon to crown its 25th champion — the Chicago Skyand Phoenix Mercury meet in Game 2 of the 2021 WNBA Finals on Wednesday (9 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN App) — we put the champs in order.

In September, we ranked the WNBA franchises, which took into account the entire history of each organization, with extra weight given to those that have stood the test of time. Here, we looked at each title team on its own merits, unconnected to the overall successes and failures of its franchise. Among the biggest challenges was ranking champs from the same franchise who were made up of mostly the same players. Is one of Houston’s four consecutive title teams demonstrably better than the others? Read More