New York Liberty (WNBA)

International Players, 2024 Season

PlayerPositionCountrySeason(s)Hometown
Ivana DojkicGuardCroatia2024Rijeka, Croatia
Leonie FiebichForwardGermany2024Landsberg, Germany
Jonquel JonesForward / CenterBahamas2023-24Freeport, Bahamas
Nyara SaballyForwardGermany2023-24Berlin, Germany
Bold indicates current player | * indicates player was drafted by organization in 2024

New York Liberty Team History & International Alumni

The New York Liberty, a founding member of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), boasts a rich history punctuated by an enduring tradition of embracing international talent. Since the team’s inception in 1997, the Liberty has consistently featured a diverse roster with players hailing from various corners of the globe. This commitment to global representation has not only enhanced the team’s competitive edge but also contributed to the league’s international appeal.

One of the most notable chapters in the Liberty’s international player tradition unfolded during the early 2000s with the arrival of players like Tari Phillips from the Bahamas and Tamika Whitmore from Jamaica. Phillips, a dominant force in the paint, played a pivotal role in the team’s success, earning multiple All-Star selections and leading the Liberty to several playoff appearances. Similarly, Whitmore’s scoring prowess and tenacity on the court endeared her to fans and solidified her status as one of the franchise’s most revered international players.

As the years progressed, the Liberty continued to showcase the global talent pool, welcoming standout players like Kia Vaughn from Panama and Kiah Stokes from Turkey. Vaughn’s contributions as a reliable post presence and Stokes’ defensive prowess bolstered the team’s performance, demonstrating the enduring impact of international players on the Liberty’s success. With each season, the team’s commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity on the court remains unwavering, ensuring that the legacy of international excellence continues to thrive within the storied franchise.