The Seattle Storm will retire Sue Bird’s No. 10 jersey on Sunday, June 11, during a game against the Washington Mystics, the team announced Thursday.
Bird, who retired at the end of last season, played 19 seasons with the Storm after they drafted her out of UConn in 2002.
Etched in 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 ⛈️🐐 The Storm will retire Sue Bird’s No. 10 jersey June 11! #10forever pic.twitter.com/WmGpHkbZLI— Seattle Storm (@seattlestorm) January 19, 2023
Etched in 𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐎𝐑𝐘 ⛈️🐐 The Storm will retire Sue Bird’s No. 10 jersey June 11! #10forever pic.twitter.com/WmGpHkbZLI
Bird finished her career as the all-time league leaded in assists. Her total of 3,234 beats the next closest player, Ticha Penicheiro, by more than 600.
Her impact on the Seattle franchise was immense. She was drafted two years after the Storm came into existence, and she assisted on 27.5% of the baskets scored in franchise history. She also won four WNBA championships with the team.
Bird is the only player in WNBA history to play in at least 500 games, finishing her career with 580, all of which were starts.
The point guard is the second Storm player to have her number retired. Her former teammate Lauren Jackson saw her jersey raised to the rafters of Climate Pledge Arena last season.