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Sue Bird's Bio

About Sue Bird

HEIGHT: 5-9

WEIGHT: 150

BIRTHDATE: Oct. 16, 1980

BIRTHPLACE: Syosset, NY

HOMETOWN: Syosset, NY

COLLEGE: Connecticut

HIGH SCHOOL: Christ the King (NY)

WNBA EXPERIENCE: 16 seasons

DRAFTED BY: Seattle, 2002, First Round (#1)

TWITTER HANDLE: @S10Bird

 

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Two-time WNBA Champion (2004, 2010)
  • All-time WNBA assist leader, passing Ticha Penicheiro on 9/1/17 at Washington with dime No. 2,600
  • In that same game on 9/1/17 at Washington, became one of only two players to accomplish a 13-assist, 0-turnover game (Jennifer Rizzotti, CLE, 14 assists and 0 turnovers, 6/21/02 vs. NYL).
  • All-time WNBA leader in career starts, with 477. Bird has never come off the bench in her 16-year career
  • Broke the WNBA’s all-time career games started on 8/5/17 at San Antonio, starting her 470th career game, moving past Tina Thompson
  • Ten-time WNBA All-Star (2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017)
  • Five-time All-WNBA First Team (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2016)
  • Three-time All-WNBA Second Team (2008, 2010, 2011)
  • Three-time WNBA regular-season assist leader (2005, 2009, 2016)
  • Four-time Olympic gold medalist with USAB (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
  • Three-time FIBA World Championship gold medalist with USAB (2002, 2010, 2014) & one bronze medal (2006)
  • Two-time WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award (2017, 2011 co-winner with Ruth Riley)
  • Two-time NCAA Champion at UConn (2000, 2002)
  • Named one of the 20 greatest players in WNBA history at the league’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2016
  • Named one of the 15 greatest players in WNBA history at the league’s 15th anniversary celebration in 2011
  • WNBA All-Decade Team (2006)
  • Became Seattle’s all-time leader in field goals at Los Angeles on 7/25/17
  • Scored her 5,000th career point on 8/2/15 at New York, in front of friends and family, becoming the first player in WNBA history to score 5,000 career points and record 2,000 assists
  • No. 1 overall pick in 2002 WNBA Draft (Seattle)
  • Second-leading vote-getter in 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year voting
  • 2002 Sportswomen of the Year
  • Sixth player to win an NCAA Championship, a WNBA Championship, and an Olympic gold medal.
  • Won a national high-school championship at Christ the King High School, a Euroleague title, and Russian Superleague title

2017 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Averaged a career-high 6.6 assists per game, third-best in the WNBA, and tallied 199 total assists, also third-best
  • Became the WNBA’s all-time assist leader on 9/1/17 at Washington, tallying 13 dimes with no turnovers
  • In that same game on 9/1/17 at Washington, became one of only two players to accomplish a 13-assist, 0-turnover game (Jennifer Rizzotti, CLE, 14 assists and 0 turnovers, 6/21/02 vs. NYL).
  • Broke the WNBA’s all-time career games started on 8/5/17 at San Antonio, starting her 470th career game, moving past Tina Thompson
  • 2017 WNBA All-Star Western Conference starter; and made her 10th WNBA All-Star appearance, tying a league record
  • 2017 WNBA All-Star Three-Point participant
  • 2017 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award winner
  • Tallied her 22nd-career double-double with a season-high 21 points and 10 assists at New York on 6/1/17
  • Made her 2017 debut on 5/21/17 vs. Washington and tallied nine points and 10 assists
  • Dropped 11 points at Indiana on 6/9/17 to move to No. 9 on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list
  • Recorded 12 points and a season-high four steals vs. Atlanta on 6/1/17
  • Scored 16 points and dished ve assists at Connecticut on 6/2/17
  • Eclipsed the 2,500-assist mark with eight dimes at Dallas on 7/1/17
  • Drilled a season-high four three’s on 6/11/17 at New York
  • Became Seattle’s all-time leader in field goals at Los Angeles on 7/25/17
  • Recorded a season-high seven rebounds at Connecticut on 8/8/17
  • Dished eight assists at Chicago on 8/20/17

2016 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Shot 44.4 percent from three-point range, second-best in the WNBA in 2016, which was a career-high, besting her previous of 43.8 percent from 2004
  • Led the league in assists per game with 5.8, also led the league in total assists with 196
  • Started and played in every game for Seattle in her 15th season of WNBA action, averaging 31.6 minutes per game, seventh-most in the league
  • Notched her sixth season in which she played in every single regular season game for Seattle (2016, 2011, 2006, 2004, 2003, 2002)
  • Grabbed a season-high 7 rebounds on 9/9/16 at Washington, one shy of her career-high (8, 6 times)
  • Recorded a double-double with 13 points and a season-high 10 assists against New York on 6/5/16
  • Tied her season-high with 24 points, including 4-of-6 from the three-point arc vs. Chicago on 7/17/16
  • Scored a season-high 24 points against Connecticut on 6/10/16
  • Recorded a career-high-tying 2 blocks at Atlanta on 9/4/16
  • Finished one assist shy of a double-double, with 12 points and 9 assists against Minnesota on 5/22/16
  • Recorded a near-triple-double with 17 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds on 9/9/16 at Washington
  • Knocked down a season-high 5 3-point field goals vs. Los Angeles on 8/26/16
  • Connected on three or more three-pointers on 15 occasions in 34 games played

2015 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Scored her 5,000th career point on 8/2/15 at New York, in front of friends and family, becoming the first player in WNBA history to score 5,000 career points and record 2,000 assists
  • Dished out 8 assists on 6/21/15 against Phoenix
  • Scored a season-high 16 points and grabbed a then-season-high 4 rebounds on 6/25 against Minnesota
  • Grabbed a season-high 5 rebounds at San Antonio, 6/27/15
  • Topped her season-high with 17 points on 6/30/15 agianst Tulsa
  • Set a season high 12 assists on 7/18/15 against Atlanta
  • Topped her previous season-high of 12 with 13 assists at San Antonio on 8/8, one shy of her career-high
  • Led the team in assists 20 times while playing in 27 games in the season
  • Led the team in scoring six times, steals eight times and blocks twice
  • Finished second in the WNBA in assists per game (5.4)

2014 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Surpassed the 2,000 career assist mark on 6/19 against the San Antonio Stars
  • Achieved 1,000 career rebounds on 6/29 at Minnesota, becoming the first player in league history to record 2,000 assists, 1,000 rebounds and 4,000 points
  • Scored a team-high 23 points in the team’s win at vs. Washington
  • Dished out a season-high 10 assists on 6/6 vs Minnesota, leading Seattle to the 65-62 win, snapping the Lynx 7-0 start to the 2014 campaign
  • Recorded 18 double-digit scoring games
  • Missed her only game of the season vs. New York on 7/24 due to neck soreness

2013 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Sat out entire season recovering from knee surgery

2012 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Scored a game high 27 points June 1 in the Storm’s first win of the season against Tulsa
  • Had a nine assists against the Lynx on May 27
  • No. 2 in the WNBA in assists per game (5.3)
  • Has 17 double digit scoring games
  • Dished out a season high 10 assists at Chicago
  • Led all scorers with 21 points against Tulsa (6/15) and again versus Minnesota (6/17), dropping 20 points in back-to-back games for the first time since 2009
  • Scored a game high 25 points at Washington (6/26)
  • On Sue Bird Bobble Head Night (7/8), the Storm point guard filled it up with a season high 31 points
  • Recorded the Storm’s second double-double of the season Aug. 26 versus New York, dishing out 10 assists and scoring 18 points
  • After the Olympic Break, scored in double figures in seven of 11 games…Led the team in ppg (12.2), apg (5.3) and mpg (31.0)

2011 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Recorded her 19th career double-double in the season opener with 13 points and 10 assists
  • Named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played July 5-10, fourth career award
  • Scored a game-high 21 points on 7-of-9 from the field along with five assists in the team’s 78-61 loss at Indiana, July 5
  • Named a starter in the 2011 All-Star game, Bird’s seventh appearance as a starter
  • Scored a season-high 29 points on July 29 at Tulsa, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line
  • Added to her career highlight reel when she hit the game-winning three-pointer with 0.4 seconds on the clock at home against Connecticut, Aug. 5
  • Bird scored her 4,000th career point Aug. 23 vs. San Antonio at the free throw line with 19.4 seconds left in the first quarter
  • 16th player in WNBA history to reach 4,000 points and the first ever with 4,000 points and 1,500 assists

hit the game-winning free throws with 1.6 seconds left at home against L.A., Aug. 28

  • Added a season-high seven rebounds and also had five steals in that game, the most by a Storm player this season

2010 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Led Seattle to the 2010 WNBA Championship, the first team in league history to record an undefeated slate at home in the regular season and to post a 7-0 run to the title.
  • Led the league in assists per turnover
  • Became the second player in WNBA history to reach 1,500 career-assist milestone on June 20
  • Started for the USA Basketball team in the 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun
  • Finished eighth in MVP voting
  • Finished 10th in Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award voting
  • Scored a season-high 22 points on June 5 at Los Angeles and June 18 at New York
  • Finished the season ranked second in assists per game
  • Posted 3 point/assist double-doubles

2009 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Chosen by Storm Fans to the Storm All-Decade Team as part of the Seattle Storm’s 10th Anniversary
  • Won the 2009 WNBA Peak Performer Award for leading the league in assists
  • Voted as a starter to the WNBA All-Star Game for the sixth time in her career
  • Named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week twice (Aug. 24-30 and July 20-26)
  • Reached the 3,000 career-point milestone at Sacramento on Friday, July 17, 2009
  • Finished the season ranked first in minutes per game (35.5)
  • Started in all 31 games played
  • Missed the last three games of the regular season due to a sore neck

2008 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Finished third in WNBA MVP voting
  • Named to All-WNBA Second Team, her first All-WNBA honors since the 2005 season
  • Finished the season ranked second in the WNBA in total assists (169) and third in assists per game (5.1 apg)
  • Finished first on team in points (465) and assists (169)
  • Posted her only double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 assists vs. Minnesota on 7/5
  • Helped Storm finish 8-5 over the last 13 games to clinch second place in the Western Conference without Lauren Jackson

2007 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Finished the season ranked third in the WNBA in assists (4.9 apg) and tied for 12th in steals (1.48)
  • Underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her left knee on July 6 and missed five games (July 6-17), with the Storm going 2-3 over that span
  • Named to her fifth WNBA All-Star Team but did not play due to injury
  • Scored a season-high 25 points on 10-of-15 shooting (5-of-7 from three) at Minnesota on June 22
  • Grabbed her 500th career rebound at Los Angeles on June 24
  • Recorded her 1,000th career assist vs. New York on July 1, becoming the youngest player in league history to reach the milestone
  • Made her 300th career three-pointer at Connecticut on July 20

2006 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Finished the season ranked third in the WNBA in assists and seventh in steals (1.79 spg)
  • Swiped a career-high and franchise-record seven steals in the season opener vs. Los Angeles on May 21
  • Grabbed a career-high five offensive rebounds vs. Phoenix on June 2
  • Swiped her 200th career steal at Connecticut on June 9
  • Named to the WNBA’s All-Decade Team on June 13
  • Handed out a career-high and franchise-record 14 assists vs. Minnesota on July
  • Made 4th WNBA All-Star appearance on July 12, tallying nine points and three assists in 19 minutes
  • Tallied her 2,000th career point at Minnesota on Aug. 1
  • Set a WNBA record for three-pointers in a half with six in the opening 20 minutes at Detroit on Aug. 8

2005 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Named to her third WNBA All-Star Team and her fourth consecutive All-WNBA First Team
  • Missed four games with fractured right nasal and orbital bones suffered on June 7 at Connecticut
  • Led the WNBA in assists per game (5.9) for the first time in her career
  • Ranked fourth in three-point percentage (.437), fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02) and sixth in free-throw percentage (.855)
  • Dished out her 700th career assist vs. Detroit on July 23…Hit her 200th career three-pointer vs. Los Angeles on July 31

2004 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Named All-WNBA first team for her third straight season
  • Finished second in the WNBA in assists and fourth in three-point field-goal percentage (.438)
  • Scored her 1,000th career point vs. Houston on June 22
  • Started her 100th consecutive game for the Storm in the season finale on Sept. 18
  • Converted the game-winning layup with two seconds left in overtime against Washington on July 17
  • Suffered a broken nose in playoffs

2003 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Started all 34 games; has started 66 consecutive games since being drafted first overall in the 2002 WNBA Draft
  • Named All-WNBA first team for the second straight seasons
  • Voted as a starter by fans for the Western Conference Team at the fifth annual WNBA All-Star Game and scored 11 points and grabbed four rebounds
  • Ranked second in the WNBA in assists with 6.5 apg
  • Led the Storm in minutes played, assists, three-point field goals, free throw percentage and steals
  • Scored a season-high 27 points at Los Angeles on July 5
  • Grabbed a career-high eight rebounds vs. Houston on July 5
  • Handed out a career-high-tying 12 assists at Los Angeles on June 19 and at Cleveland on June 27
  • Recorded a WNBA-record seven double-doubles in points and assists
  • Handed out 10 or more assists in eight games this season, tying for the second-highest total in WNBA history
  • Became the fifth player in WNBA history to score 20 or more points and hand out 10 or more assists in a game with 21 points and 10 assists vs. Washington on July 3
  • Became the third player in WNBA history to amass more than 200 assists in a season (221), joining Ticha Penicheiro and Teresa Weatherspoon

2002 HIGHLIGHTS WITH SEATTLE:

  • Was the only Storm player to start all 32 games
  • Already ranked as the Storm’s all-time assists leader (191)
  • Was named All-WNBA First Team, joining Indiana’s Tamika Catchings as the first rookies in league history to attain that distinction
  • Was the runner-up to Catchings for the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year award
  • Named as a starter for the Western Conference at the WNBA All-Star Game in Washington after leading all guards in fan voting
  • Handed out a WNBA-All-Star-record eight assists to help lead the West to an 81-76 victory over the East
  • Led the Storm in minutes, three-point field goals, assists and steals
  • Scored a season-high and then-franchise-record 33 points vs. Portland on Aug. 9
  • Handed out a career-high and franchised-record 12 assists at Cleveland on July 5
  • Recorded three double-doubles (16 points and 12 assists at Cleveland on 7/5, 10 points and 11 assists at Orlando on 7/25 and 17 points and 10 assists at Los Angeles on 8/1)
  • Ranked second in assists (6.0 apg), eighth in steals (1.7 spg), first in free-throw percentage (.911), ninth in three-point percentage (.401) and eighth in minutes per game (35.0 mpg)
  • Among rookies, ranked third in points per game, first in assists per game, second in three-point percentage, ninth in field-goal percentage (.403), first in free-throw percentage, second in steals per game and second in minutes per game

OVERSEAS COMPETITION:

  • 2013-14: Ekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2012-13: Ekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2011-12: Ekaterinburg, Russia
  • 2010-11: Sparta&K, Russia
  • 2009-10: Sparta&K, Russia
  • 2008-09: Sparta&K, Russia
  • 2007-08: Sparta&K, Russia
  • 2006-07: Sparta&K, Russia
  • 2005-06: Dynamo Moscow, Russia
  • 2004-05: Dynamo Moscow, Russia

COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • A member of the NCAA Division I Champion Connecticut Huskies in 2000 and 2002
  • Selected as a two-time All-American
  • Recipient of the Wade Trophy in 2002 and named the 2002 Associated Press and Naismith Player of the Year
  • Won the 2002 Honda Award for Women’s Basketball
  • Received the first-annual Senior CLASS Award given to the nation’s most outstanding senior basketball player
  • Selected three times as winner of the Conseco/Nancy Lieberman-Cline National Point Guard of the Year Award
  • Ranks as UConn’s all-time leader in three-point field-goal percentage (.459) and free-throw percentage (.892)
  • Became one of only two players at UConn to amass more than 1,000 points, 500 assists and 200 steals in her career (Jennifer Rizzotti)
  • Named as a 2002 Kodak All-American, 2002 Associated Press First Team All-American and 2002 NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team selection
  • Selected as Big East Player of the Year, First Team All-Big East and Big East All-Tournament in 2002
  • Started in all 39 games in the 2001-02 season and registered the UConn school record for most assists in a season (231
  • Led the nation in free-throw percentage (.942) in 2001-02

USA BASKETBALL HIGHLIGHTS:

  • With her selection to the 2014 FIBA World Championship team, Bird became the only U.S. athlete in history to roster in four different World Championship competitions (2002, 2006, 2010, 2014)
  • Won a Gold Medal in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games; 2002, 2010 and 2014 FIBA World Championships, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 Americas Championship, 2002 Opals World Challenge and the 2000 R. Williams Jones Cup
  • Won a Silver Medal at the 2007 FIBA League Tournament
  • Won a Bronze Medal in the 2006 FIBA World Championships
  • One of eight players to have earned an NCAA title, WNBA title and Olympic Gold Medal (Swin Cash, Cynthia Cooper, Maya Moore, Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi and Kara Walters).
  • Finished the 2006 FIBA World Championship as the tournament’s assist leader
  • Dished out 26 assists at the 2010 World Championship, which ranks fifth among all-time USA single World Competition leaders; ranks third among all-time USA career assist leaders with 70 assists (2.8 apg), over three FIBA World Championships

PERSONAL:

  • Raised in Syosett, New York
  • Attended Christ the King H.S. (New York) where she won two state titles and was the MVP of the 1998 state tournament
  • Earned a degree in communication science at Connecticut
  • Wears number 10 on her jersey because she and her sister Jennifer were both born in October (the 10th month)
  • Considers her greatest collegiate basketball memory to be hitting the game-winning shot in the Big East Championship her junior year in college
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