Even though the Seattle Sonics moved to Oklahoma City in 2008, it did not spell the end of professional basketball in the pacific northwest. The Seattle Storm have occupied Key Arena since 2000. Since 2002, former UConn legend Sue Bird has been a part of the team.
Bird has had a major impact on the game of basketball and a very successful career to date.
Let’s look at her overall impact on the Seattle franchise since she joined in 2002
- 3 WNBA Championships (2018, 2010, 2004) – worth noting that they are 3-0 in the Finals
- Missed playoffs only three times in 17 seasons
- Winning percentage of 54% over those 17 seasons
Individually, Bird has had all the success in the world
- 11 All Star game appearances
- 5x All-WNBA First Team
- All-time leader with most assists in WNBA history
Before she was the #1 overall pick in the 2002 WNBA draft by Seattle, she was a superstar at UConn, playing for Geno Auriemma. She missed most of her freshman season due to a knee injury, but she recovered quickly and went on to have an amazing college career. UConn was 114–4 in games she played from 1998-2002 and she helped lead the Huskies to two National Championships (2000, 2002)
Additionally, Bird has played professionally overseas and has won four Euroleague Championships (between 2007-2010). And has four Olympics Gold medals (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016).
UConn has produced some amazing women basketball players and Bird is near the top of that list. Her long professional career is a reason why she is one of the best players ever and even at 38 years old, managed to score 10 points per game in the 2018 regular season and post-season to lead the Storm to their third title.
Check out our past #WomenWednesday spotlights.