Taj McWilliams-Franklin is a retired professional American basketball player in the WNBA. She is a two-time WNBA champion and a six-time WNBA All-Star. McWilliams-Franklin is presently the head coach of the Dallas Wings.
Taj McWilliams-Franklin was born on October 20, 1970 in El Paso, Texas. She is the daughter of Stephanie Wiggins and Marvin McWilliams. McWilliams-Franklin attended T.W. Josey High School in Augusta, Georgia.
McWilliams-Franklin went to Georgia State University in 1989. She played on the school’s basketball team for one season. She then transferred to St. Edward’s University as a Rhetoric major.
At St. Edward’s, she set various school records: for career scoring (1,837 points), most points scored for a single season (760), highest scoring average (24.5 ppg) and highest field goal percentage (.640).
In 1993, there were no professional women’s basketball leagues in the United States. McWilliams-Franklin went overseas and played in Wolfenbuettel, Germany (1993-94); Contern, Luxembourg (1994-95); and in Galilee, Israel (1995-96), among many others.
McWilliams-Franklin was the 40th overall pick in 1996 and played two seasons for the Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League (ABL).
McWilliams-Franklin was selected by the Orlando Miracle in the third round (the 32nd overall pick) of the 1999 WNBA Draft. She starred for the Miracle for 4 years and remained with the franchise when the Miracle relocated to Uncasville, Connecticut, and was renamed the Connecticut Sun, prior to the 2003 Season. As of 2008, McWilliams-Frankin has played in six WNBA All-Star Games.
In February 2007, she was traded to the Los Angeles Sparks in exchange for the draft rights of Erika DeSouza and a future selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft. On April 22, 2008 the Los Angeles Sparks traded her to the Washington Mystics for Delisha Milton-Jones.
McWilliams-Franklin was traded to the Detroit Shock after a few months and won her first championship with the team. She then signed with New York Liberty as a free agent on April 22, 2010. During the 2011 Season, she played as the starting center for the Minnesota Lynx.
The Lynx would move on to winning the 2011 WNBA championship and McWilliams-Franklin became the oldest player to win a championship in the history of the WNBA. She announced her retirement during the 2012 Season.
• Gold medalist, 1998 FIBA World Championship for Women• 2-time WNBA champion (2008), 2011)• 6-time WNBA All-Star (1999–2001, 2005–2007)• 2-time All-WNBA Second Team (2005–2006)• WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2005)• 2-time Ronchetti Cup winner (2001, 2002)• WNBL champion (2005)• Spanish National League champion (2006)• Queen’s Cup winner (2006)• Russian National League champion (2007)• Polish National League champion (2012)• Polish Cup winner (2012)• EuroLeague champion (2007)• WNBA all-time offensive rebounding leader• Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2005)