The Seattle Storm will retire Lauren Jackson’s No. 15 jersey on Friday night at KeyArena. In honor of No. 15 going up to the rafters, here are 15 numbers to know about her outstanding career.
The Seattle Storm selected the 19-year-old forward/center from Australia with the first pick in the 2001 WNBA Draft.
Led by Jackson and point guard Sue Bird (who the Storm drafted in 2002), Seattle would become a perennial playoff team and win WNBA championships in 2004 and 2010. Jackson was named Finals MVP following their second title, becoming the first and only non-American player to win the award. She is one of four players to win regular season and Finals MVP awards in the same season – joining Cynthia Cooper (1997, 1998), Lisa Leslie (2001) and Diana Taurasi (2009).
Jackson is one of three players to win the WNBA Most Valuable Player award three times – the others being Sheryl Swoopes and Lisa Leslie. Jackson, who own the award in 20034, 2007 and 2010, was the first and remains the only player born outside the United States to be named WNBA MVP.
Jackson won four Olympic medals while playing for the Australian National Team as she led the Opals to three silver medals (2000, 2004, 2008) and one bronze medal (2012). Jackson and the Opals did capture gold in international competition in 2006 as they won the FIBA World Championships, defeating Russia in the gold medal game as the United States finished with bronze.
Jackson is a seven-time WNBA All-Star (2001-2003, 2005-2007, 2009) and is among the all-time leaders in a variety of All-Star stats: points (74, 5th), rebounds (29, 8th), blocks (6, T-4th), 3-pointers made (14, 2nd), field goals made (27, T-5th), steals (13, 2nd) and minutes (123, 10th).
Jackson earned All-WNBA honors eight times during her career, with seven of those selections coming as part of the First Team (2003-2007, 2009-2010) and one coming with the Second Team (2008).
Jackson ranks in the top 10 in career points (6,007, 7th), rebounds (2,447, 9th), blocks (586, 3rd), field goals made (2,090, 6th), free throws made (1,391, 6th) and ranks No. …
in 3-pointers made with 436 – the most by a center in league history. Jackson at 6-foot-5 was the premier stretch four in the WNBA as no player taller than 6-foot-2 made as many 3-pointers as Jackson.
Jackson was named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week 18 times during her career, which is the fourth most all-time behind Tamika Catchings (22), Diana Taurasi (19) and Tina Charles (19) with Taurasi and Charles passing Jackson this season.
Jackson’s 18.9 career scoring average is the fifth highest in league history. She won three scoring titles (2003, 2004 and 2007), which is tied with Cynthia Cooper for the second most all-time behind Diana Taurasi’s record of five.
Jackson’s 2007 season is one of the best statistical accomplishments in league history. She led the league in scoring (23.8 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg) – she remains one of only two players to lead the league in both scoring and rebounding in the same season – and was second in blocks (2.0) as she would win MVP and Defensive Player of the Year honors. She also posted the top PER for a season in league history at 35.04, narrowly edging out her previous record of 34.91 from the previous season. In the history of the WNBA, Jackson has three of the top five single-season player efficiency ratings (2007, 2006 and 2003).
On July 24, 2007, Jackson scored 47 points in Seattle’s overtime loss to Washington to tie the record for most points scored in a single game, which was set by Diana Taurasi in a triple-overtime game in 2006. The 47-point mark has since been topped by Maya Moore (48 points in 2014) and Riquna Williams, who now owns the top spot with a 51-point performance (in a regulation game nonetheless). Jackson’s 47-point effort remains tied for the third-highest scoring game in league history. Jackson’s 18 field goals made during that game remain a WNBA record.
Jackson holds the third-longest streak of scoring in double-figures with 84 straight games with at least 10 points, which ran from June 26, 2002 to September 18, 2004. Jackson’s 84 is just eight games shy of the record of 92 held by Cynthia Cooper and four shy of Seimone Augustus’ 88-game streak.
Jackson scored at least 20 points 139 times during her WNBA career, the third-most 20-point games in league history behind Diana Taurasi (189) and Cappie Pondexter (146).
Jackson scored 541 points in the playoff during her WNBA career, the 22nd most all-time. Her 17.5 playoff scoring average is the 10th highest among players that have played at least 15 playoff games. She upped that average to 18.5 points in the Finals, the sixth-highest average among player that have played in at least five Finals games.