If you've watched Diana Taurasi play basketball at UConn or with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury, it probably became clear quickly that you were watching the greatest of all time. Selected first overall in the 2004 draft, Taurasi lived up to that expectation so spectacularly that there’s relatively little noise around the discussion. The fact that there’s so little contention on the matter more or less confirms her status in basketball circles.
But Taurasi’s impact stretches far beyond the sport, and the next year of her career and life should be a fascinating time to watch her influence blossom. The WNBA is looking at a prolonged labor war with its governing body—the NBA—and Taurasi is spearheading the charge toward more equitable pay and treatment.