The career of the WNBA star who dominated for 20 years in one team has ended

Being eliminated from the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) playoffs marked the end of one of the most iconic legends of all time.

Wearing a Seattle Storm jersey Sue Bird had previously decided to hang up her sneakers, ending her last playoff run with a 1-3 loss to the Las Vegas Aces in the semifinal series.

The University of Connecticut graduate of offensive lineman was drafted with the first pick in the 2002 draft and immediately began to shine.

Already in her debut season, the American with Israeli citizenship collected 14.4 points and 6 assists, and turned the worst team in the league into a playoff club within a year. The first title did not have to wait long – it was already achieved in 2004.

S.Bird recorded double-digit results in 16 consecutive seasons and collected four championship rings (in 2004, 2010, 2018 and 2020). At the same time, she played in the All-Star Game 13 times and never left the Seattle team.

During her career, she played 580 games and recorded 11.7 points (39 percent from three), 2.5 rebounds and 5.6 assists in 31 minutes. With 6,803 points, S.Bird is the seventh all-time leading scorer and unsurpassed in assists (3,234).

The 41-year-old is the oldest WNBA player ever to play a full season.

The offensive player, who spent the off-season in Russia, also became the Euroleague champion five times.

Representing the US national team, S.Bird even became an Olympic champion five times, having debuted in Athens in 2004 and has not missed a single Games since then.

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