All-Time Merc: Michele Timms, No. 6

By Ben York,
Posted: Jan. 3, 2013

As voted by you, the X-Factor, we’re counting down your top 10 All-Time Favorite Mercury players in franchise history.

Starting December 6, we’ll reveal the results of the nearly 2,000 votes we received on a weekly basis every Thursday.

No. 6: Michele Timms
Years with the Mercury: 1997-2001
Total Percentage of Votes: 20.9%

“It was phenomenal, my greatest moment of my WNBA career. We won the first game and we were leading in the second half of the second game, and we almost had that ring halfway on our finger!” – Michele Timms on the 1998 WNBA Finals

Her name is Michele, but she’ll always affectionately be known as “Timmsy” to the X-Factor.

Originally assigned to the Phoenix Mercury when the WNBA began in 1997, Michele Timms retired from professional basketball on August 14, 2001. Going out in style, Timms ended her playing career by sinking a 25-foot jumper with 7.5 seconds left to cap a 56-38 victory over the Houston Comets in the final game of the 2001 season.

“Timmsy” hung up her sneakers after 17 years of professional basketball, the last five coming as a member of the Mercury. The Aussie sensation made her mark on the WNBA and women’s basketball with her gutsy play, all-out hustle and electric personality. She guided the Mercury to the 1997 Western Conference Title and 1998 WNBA Finals. She was named a WNBA All-Star during the 1999 season and received the Community Relations Hometown Hero Award for her work off the court in July 2001.

Over her five-year WNBA career, Timms averaged 7.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. When she retired, she was the Mercury leader in career assists (551), assists per game (4.8), assists in a single season (158), career steals (188) and seals in a single season (71).

Timms professional career began in 1984 with the Bullen Boomers of the WNBL in her homeland of Australia. She became the first Aussie, male or female, to play pro ball abroad when she signed a contract with Lotus Munchen of Germany in 1989-90. Timms also competed for the Australian National Team, which won bronze in the 1996 Olympics and silver in the 2000 Olympics.

Timms returned to the Mercury as part of the broadcast team for the 2003 season, joining Kevin Ray for Mercury radio broadcasts and stepped in for the assist with Tom Leander in all Mercury telecasts. The WNBA All-Star served as a color analyst for all six locally televised games.

When Timms’ No. 7 was hoisted to the rafters on Aug. 7, 2002, it was just the second time in WNBA history that a number has been retired.

All-Time Favorite Mercury

  • No. 7, Jennifer Gillom
  • No. 8, Cappie Pondexter
  • No. 9, Sammy Prahalis
  • No. 10, Tangela Smith
  • Be sure to visit next week on Thursday, January 10 to see who you voted as No. 5 on the All-Time Favorite Mercury poll.