Swin Cash Body Issue 2013: Magazine Appearance Shows Sky Forward Still Top Star

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistJuly 12, 2013

NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12:  WNBA player Swin Cash attends the 31st Annual Salute to Women in Sports gala at The Waldorf-Astoria on October 12, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)
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Despite a new wave of stars in the WNBA, Swin Cash remains one of the league's most well-known players. Her appearance in ESPN The Magazine's Body Issue is just the most recent example of her marketability as a top star. 

The annual issue, which is in its fifth year since debuting in 2009, has become a hit for the magazine. It's consistently one of the most talked-about issues of the year and generates considerable buzz. 

Cash has joined rare company as a WNBA player being featured in the issue. Just Cappie Pondexter and Diana Taurasi have graced the pages of the magazine, so it's a big deal that Cash has been deemed the latest athlete to represent the league. 

It's also an important choice for the league. 

As Cash relates in this video, it can't be said that the league just did it to increase its sex appeal. Cash is one of the most accomplished players in league history, and there's no questioning her performance on the court. 

The 33-year-old Cash was a college All-American and a four-time WNBA All-Star, twice taking MVP honors in the exhibition game. Most importantly, she's also a three-time WNBA champion.

Her physical appearance may be part of the reason why she was chosen to pose in the magazine, but there's no denying that she's already recognized as a serious athlete and winner. 

Over a decade since her WNBA debut in 2002, Cash's game is wearing down. She's averaging just 8.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. That's a far cry from her rookie teammate, Elena Delle Donne, who along with Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins represents the new wave of athletes who will try to take the league to new heights.

But she's still playing with the fearlessness that paved the way for the new trio to make headlines with their games. 

As long as she continues her playing career, her legacy will remain that she was one of the league's most visible faces for a long time. The magazine appearance will just be another credential on her already impressive resume of accomplishments.