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As has been the case for the past few years now, this winter's WNBA free agency class was filled with a number of current and future stars, including former MVPs Breanna Stewart and Candace Parker, as well as the active all-time assists leader in Courtney Vandersloot. 

Those three have all found new homes, as have some of the other top free agents. Still, there are a few big moves left to be made. As the action continues, here's a look at the top 10 free agents for 2023 and some honorable mentions. For a full breakdown of all the key dates, rules, and every single free agent, go here

1. Breanna Stewart

Stewart only signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Storm last winter, which meant she reprised her role as the undisputed top free agent. Last season she won the first scoring title of her career by putting up 21.8 points per game, finished runner-up in MVP voting and third in Defensive Player of the Year voting, and made both All-WNBA First Team and All-Defensive First Team. She's at worst the second-best player in the league, and has decided to bring her talents to the Big Apple. On Wednesday, she announced her plans to sign with the New York Liberty to team up with Jonquel Jones and Sabrina Ionescu. 

2. Candace Parker

In a surprise move, Parker decided to join the defending champion Las Vegas Aces, who opened up the cap space to sign her with a controversial trade that sent out Dearica Hamby. While there are still questions about the ethics of that transaction, there are no questions about the Aces' status heading into 2023. They now have four No. 1 overall picks on the roster in Parker, A'ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum and Jackie Young, and that group doesn't even include reigning Finals MVP Chelsea Gray. Pending further moves by other teams, the Aces are the clear title favorite. 

3. Courtney Vandersloot

Though no longer in her prime, Vandersloot is still one of the best point guards around and the active assists leader, and she's decided to take those talents to the New York Liberty to team up with Breanna Stewart, Jonquel Jones and Sabrina Ionescu. No details have been finalized on Vandersloot's contract, and the Liberty may have to do some roster maneuvering before it's official, but Vandersloot confirmed the plans herself on social media. After spending the first 12 seasons of her career with the Sky, Vandersloot is now up for a new experience, and will head to a playmaker's paradise with some of the best offensive players in the world. 

4. Nneka Ogwumike

  • 2022 team: Los Angeles Sparks
  • Status: Unrestricted

Such is the nature of this year's free agency class that Ogwumike, a former MVP, seven-time All-Star and five-time All-WNBA performer has to settle for fourth place on this list. After a few tough seasons in 2020 and 2021, in which she was limited to 36 games, Ogwumike returned to an elite level last summer. She averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, and even earned a few down-ballot MVP votes. But even with Ogwumike playing at that level, the Sparks missed the playoffs and were nowhere near the top teams in the league. The Sparks are eager to get back to the postseason, and have already added new head coach Curt Miller and traded for veteran point guard Jasmine Thomas. That, along with her history with the franchise, is expected to be enough to keep Ogwumike around. She is expected to re-sign in L.A., per Khristina Williams

5. Brittney Griner

  • 2022 team: Phoenix Mercury
  • Status: Unrestricted

Under normal circumstances, Griner would be higher up this list due to the fact that she's one of the best centers in league history. As it is, Griner is coming off 10 months of wrongful detainment in Russia on drug charges, and it's still unclear what sort of shape she's in both mentally and physically. One thing is clear, however: Griner has stated her intent to play basketball this season, and wants to do so with the Phoenix Mercury, the only team she's ever suited up for since being the No. 1 overall pick in 2013. How Griner fares this season will be a major determining factor in the Mercury's chances of getting back to contention status, but the most important thing is that she's free and back home. 

6. Brionna Jones

  • 2022 team: Connecticut Sun
  • Status: Cored

After winning Most Improved Player in 2021, Jones picked up another major award with Sixth Player of the Year in 2022. She was also an All-Star in each of those two seasons, yet still often flew under the radar on a Connecticut Sun team with Jonquel Jones, Alyssa Thomas and DeWanna Bonner. Heading into the offseason, it seemed Brionna Jones would be the odd person out in the Sun's cap squeeze, but after Jonquel Jones forced a trade to the Liberty, that's no longer an issue. The Sun have given Jones the core designation, which will keep her in Uncasville for at least one more season. 

7. Emma Meesseman

  • 2022 team: Chicago Sky
  • Status: Unrestricted

Meesseman is yet another member of the Sky who will have no shortage of suitors this winter. The 2019 Finals MVP is perhaps the gold standard for complimentary players in the league; she's an efficient scorer, a high-level playmaker for a big – her 3.8 assists per game last season were second only to Parker among players 6-foot-4 and taller – and a beloved teammate wherever she goes. With her versatility and unselfish style, she'd be a fit for any contending team. There's no doubt the Sky would love to keep her around, but if there are signs that the core of that team is splitting up, Meesseman could look elsewhere. 

8. Ezi Magbegor

  • 2022 team: Seattle Storm
  • Status: Reserved (qualifying offer extended)

The 23-year-old Australian was one of the leading contenders for Defensive Player of the Year last season until Tina Charles arrived on the scene and pushed her into a bench role. Still, Magbegor made All-Defensive Second Team and in 23 games as a starter put up 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Magbegor should return to the starting lineup next season, but regardless of her role, she's established herself as one of the best young bigs in the league. As a reserved player, the Seattle Storm have exclusive negotiating rights and have already extended a qualifying offer, so expect her to return to the Pacific Northwest.

9. Diana Taurasi

  • 2022 team: Phoenix Mercury
  • Status: Unrestricted

Taurasi, the WNBA's all-time leading scorer with 9,693 points, told reporters in November that she intends to return for her 19th season. Now 40 years old, Taurasi has spent her entire career with the Mercury, and all signs point to her staying in the desert, especially now that Griner is back home and plans to play this season. Now well past her prime, Taurasi has struggled with injuries and inefficiency in recent seasons and to some extent it's hard to figure out where to place her on a list like this. Her shot creation is still valuable, though, especially in a league that's front-court heavy. Even at this stage in her career, Taurasi was one of six players in the top-15 in both scoring and assists. 

10. Azura Stevens

Another member of the Sky's core from the past two seasons is heading elsewhere. This time, it's Stevens, who will sign with the Los Angeles Sparks according to her agent. Stevens is coming off another solid season in which she averaged 10.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game, while shooting 36.2 percent from 3-point land on a career-high 3.3 attempts per game. She did that largely off the bench, starting just eight games and averaging 21.9 minutes. A spot starter for the first five seasons of her career, it will be interesting to see if Stevens gets a bigger role with the Sparks. 

Honorable mentions

  • Tina Charles: Seattle Storm, unrestricted
  • Marine Johannes: New York Liberty, reserved (qualifying offer extended)
  • Marina Mabrey: Dallas Wings, restricted (qualifying offer extended)
  • Teaira McCowan: Dallas Wings -- reportedly agreed to deal with Wings
  • Gabby Williams: Seattle Storm, restricted (qualifying offer extended)