Measuring greatness: A look back at Sue Bird's 17-year career with the Storm
Measuring greatness
A look back at Sue Bird's 17-year career with the Storm
Published Oct. 2, 2020

Sue Bird has already cemented her legacy as one of the greatest WNBA players of all time, along with her status as a Seattle sports icon. The accolades are staggering: 17 seasons, 11 All-Star selections, three-time WNBA champion, four-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time NCAA champion. She holds the WNBA assists record (and it’s not close), and has played in more games than anyone. She’s top five all time in career steals, and ranks No. 7 in total points.

And she’s not done.

The 39-year-old, 5-foot-9 guard from Syosett, New York, is on the cusp of capturing her fourth championship with the Storm. As Bird and the Storm get set for the Finals, take a look back at Bird’s historic career in Seattle.

All-Star selections
Gold medals
WNBA titles

Photo: Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times

In her 17 seasons, Sue Bird sits at or near the top of the rankings in assists, points, steals, three-pointers and games. Here’s where she stands among the all time WNBA leaders.

Sue Bird's place in WNBA history
Rank Points Name
1 8,931 Diana Taurasi
2 7,488 Tina Thompson
3 7,380 Tamika Catchings
4 6,811 Cappie Pondexter
5 6,728 Candice Dupree
6 6,452 Katie Smith
7 6,262 Sue Bird
8 6,253 Lisa Leslie
9 6,005 Seimone Augustus
10 6,005 Lauren Jackson
Rank Assists Name
1 2,888 Sue Bird
2 2,599 Ticha Penicheiro
3 2,345 Linsay Whalen
4 1,953 Diana Taurasi
5 1,903 Courtney Vandersloot
Rank 3-point scores Name
1 1,164 Diana Taurasi
2 906 Katie Smith
3 878 Sue Bird
4 829 Becky Hammon
5 748 Tina Thompson
Games played
Rank Games Name
1 519 Sue Bird
2 499 DeLisha Milton-Jones
3 496 Tina Thompson
4 482 Katie Smith
5 480 Lindsay Whalen