Becky Hammon Named to WNBA Top 15
“The 15 athletes honored today represent an extraordinarily accomplished group and the very best in women’s professional basketball from around the world,” said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. “In just the few months I’ve been with the WNBA, I have had an opportunity to meet each of the current players on this list as well as some of the legends who paved the way. I have found that they are not only tremendous athletes who have reached extraordinary heights on the court, but also terrific women who give unselfishly of their time in the community. I am proud to be associated with these outstanding women; and I am so pleased for them that the fans, media members, and the current generation of players and coaches, have chosen to recognize and honor them.”
A seven-time WNBA All-Star selection (2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011), Hammon was signed by the New York Liberty as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State University. After eight seasons with the Liberty, Hammon was traded to the San Antonio Silver Stars in exchange for 2007 second overall draft pick Jessica Davenport and a 2008 first round selection.
During her 13 seasons, Hammon has made her mark on the WNBA career record books, ranking second all-time in 3-point field goals (627) and free throw percentage (89.6), seventh in assists (1,204) and 10th in points (4,564), entering the 2011 season. She holds the league record for the best free throw percentage in five different seasons and for consecutive games played without fouling out (357). Hammon is also the WNBA’s career playoff games played leader with 53. She was named to the All-WNBA first team in 2007 and earned second team honors in 2005 and 2008.
Currently in her fifth season with San Antonio, Hammon has ascended to the top of franchise career record book in 3-point field goals (325), free throw percentage (93.1), assists (714), and points per game (17.7). She also ranks among the top 10 in almost every category, including games played (6th – 137), games started (5th – 136), minutes played (5th – 4,545), field goals made (4th – 778), 3-point field goal percentage (5th – 37.7), free throws made (5th – 526), total rebounds (10th – 347), steals (4th – 167) and points (4th – 2,407).
A panel comprising media members and basketball experts selected the 30-nominee ballot, giving consideration to such factors as oncourt performance and ability, leadership, sportsmanship, and community service, as well as to contributions to team success and the overall growth of women’s basketball.
Voting for the league’s Top 15 Players of All Time began on June 23 and was conducted among fans, who voted on WNBA.com, by select national and WNBA-market media, and by current players and coaches. The league weighted each of three voting groups to account for an equal percentage of the total vote.
“This list of 15 players is composed of exciting – and dominating – players from start to finish and highlighted by players of all kinds – scorers, playmakers, ballhandlers, rebounders, defensive wizards, leaders, and players who have brought out the best in their teammates,” added WNBA Chief of Basketball Operations and Player Relations Renee Brown, who has been an executive with the WNBA since its inception. “I cannot think of 15 more deserving women to represent the more than 700 players who have taken the court wearing the WNBA logo on their uniform during our 15-year history.”