While there is plenty of stress to perform for a first overall draft pick in any sport, it’s hard to imagine the amount of pressure one would feel as a first overall pick in a league's first-ever draft. Tina Thompson had just that experience when she was selected first overall by the Houston Comets during the WNBA’s inaugural draft in 1997. Since then, Thompson has lived up to expectations and then some, earning a reputation as one of the best players the WNBA has seen during its short existence.
From 1997-2004 she led the Comets to four straight league titles, and earned her way into five All-Star games, all while averaging 15.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Then in May 2005, she gave birth to her son, whose father is NBA player Damon Jones, but surprised everyone when she returned to the court just two months later.
Thompson is still getting it done in the WNBA today, and has managed to put up impressive numbers even after becoming a mom. Since she gave birth, the star forward has averaged 15.7 points and 5.7 rebounds, and currently ranks second on the WNBA all-time scoring list behind Lisa Leslie. To add to her fabulous resume, Thompson also secured her second gold medal in 2008 during the Beijing Olympics.