Sylvia Fowles becomes 13th WNBA player to reach 6,000 points

Sylvia Fowles made history on Sunday. (David Sherman/NBAE via Getty Images)

Sylvia Fowles has entered her final WNBA season, and is making history in the process, becoming the 13th player to score 6,000 career points on Sunday during Minnesota’s 78-66 loss to the Washington Mystics.

Fowles had 13 points and eight rebounds, one block and one steal in the loss, moving into 10th on the WNBA All-Time scoring list with 6,012 career points. She passed Seimone Augustus (6,005), Lauren Jackson (6,007) and Candace Parker (6,011).

She’s just the second player of the 2008 draft class behind Candace Parker to surpass 6,000 career points. Additionally, Fowles is now the only player in the WNBA to have more than 6,000 career points and 3,5000 career rebounds.

A two-time WNBA Champion, Fowles is one of the best defensive players in the WNBA, she’s won Defensive Player of the Year four times – just one behind Tamika Catchings. She has made it known she intends to retire at the end of the season.

“We really want to take this entire season to celebrate Syl and the amazing person that she is,” Carley Knox, Minnesota’s president of business operations, told the New York Times.

But Fowles sees her accomplishments as all a part of her job.

“If you have a task and you have a job, your job is to do that task and do that duty,” she said to the NYT. “And so for me, I’m like, this was my job, like, I’ve got paid to do a duty. I shouldn’t have to be given credit for me doing my job.”

Still, that doesn’t stop some from pointing out that her career has been undervalued by those covering.

“The league has grossly undeserved Sylvia’s career,” Minnesota head coach Cheryl Reeve said last August. “I’m sure ESPN wanted to love up on all the stars the Storm has … you guys are watching greatness. One of the best players ever, certainly at the center spot. There is nobody close in terms of what she does for her team.”

But as she enters her final season, Fowles has noticed how the attention on her game has risen despite her not playing any better or worse than previous years.

“You got fans who’s been around from the beginning, who appreciate what I do. But you also have people who understand what I do, know that I’m different and still won’t give me the credit,” Fowles said. “So to me, I’m just like, why now that I’m saying this is my last year, why do I need the attention now? It’s not like I ever got the credit anyway.”