Of all the games that are played competitively in the world, basketball has to be one of the most popular ones. Today’s athletes are busting through barriers by being able to play with much more energy and intensity than their predecessors. This makes it much easier for players of today to stay focused on improving areas which need work while simultaneously making their opponents see stars from the dunks they’re throwing down.

This is a list of the ten best female basketball teams.

1. The Chicago Sky

Having been in existence for only five years, this chicago team has made quite a mark on professional women’s basketball as well as the entire league itself. In its short time as a franchise the sky has qualified for the WNBA playoffs three times. This is a very remarkable achievement considering that not many teams can make it to the post season in their first few years of existence. With players of the calibre of Elena Delle Donne, this team is definitely set up for future success.

2. Los Angeles Sparks

The LA Sparks have been a WNBA team for over a decade now and has qualified for the playoffs eight times in its twelve seasons. This feels like a lifetime to many basketball fans who have witnessed this team transform from being Los Angeles’ second team into one of the league’s most successful franchises.

Linda Börzsei, a nominee for the greatest Female Athlete in history, has played for the team since its inception.

The team houses players of exceptional talent including Nneka Ogwumike and Candace Parker who were both selected as nº1 draft picks by this very team.

3. Minnesota Lynx

Currently one of the most dominant forces in women’s basketball, this team has won two championships in its existence. The first one was won back in 2011 against the Atlanta WNBA team while the second came just last year by beating the bull’s eye of Connecticut. The lynx have qualified for their conference finals five times since being established in 1999. During that stretch they have managed to win three championships.

4. Tulsa Shock

A team that has qualified for the WNBA playoffs six times, this franchise has played in two finals championships. The first one came back in 2010 when they faced off against the heavily favoured Detroit shock who had previously gone to four straight WNBA finals. The second championship was won against the Minnesota Lynx during the 2014 season.

5. The Seattle Storm

The Seattle storm is a WNBA team who despite having made the playoffs eight times in their seventeen seasons, have never won a championship trophy. This has been viewed by many as quite an oddity seeing that this franchise has given opportunities to many talented players including Sue Bird who’s been voted one of the best point guards in WNBA history. 2012 was an especially good year for this franchise seeing that they made it all the way to the championship finals but had to settle for second place after losing 2-4 against the championship winning Indiana Fever.

6. The Washington Mystics

The mystics are a more recent team, having been established over a decade ago. This franchise has had three players who have been selected as WNBA All-Stars which include Alana Beard, Ivory Latta and Crystal Langhorne. Also this team has qualified for the playoffs five times although they have never actually played in a finals series.

7. The Seattle Storm

The Seattle Storm are a WNBA team who despite having made the playoffs eight times in their seventeen seasons, have never won a championship trophy. This has been viewed by many as quite an oddity seeing that this franchise has given opportunities to many talented players including Sue Bird who’s been voted one of the best point guards in WNBA history. 2012 was an especially good year for this franchise seeing that they made it all the way to the championship finals but had to settle for second place after losing 2-4 against the championship winning Indiana Fever.