Sue Bird is a basketball player and former number one pick in the WNBA draft in 2002. She spent all of her career in Seattle Storm while playing in Russia during the off-season.
Suzanne Brigit “Sue” Bird was born in Syosset, New York on 16 October 1980. She was raised in the Christian religion and sport was always part of her life. Bird played soccer, run track and tennis, but her biggest love was basketball. After two years at Syosset High School, she left for Christ the King Regional High School in Queens, New York. There she won a several awards and decided to choose a Connecticut College, where she was a huge star. Bird played fantastic basketball and her record at UConn in games she played was astonishing 114-4.
Nobody was surprised when Sue Bird was picked as a first overall pick by Seattle Storm in WNBA Draft in 2002. She was a College Player of the Year a season before and one of the brightest young stars in America. Bird quickly became the key player in the Storm team and she started all 32 games in her rookie season and was selected to the Western Conference All-Star team as a starting point guard. Seattle Storm won their first WNBA Championship in 2004 and Sue Bird was a big part and contributor in that success. After that, they won a title one more time, in 2010. She was voted by the fans as one of the Top 15 players in WNBA history in 2011. Bird was unable to play 2013 season because she suffered a knee injury. In her 12 years WNBA career with the Storm, Bird averaged 12.5 points, 5.4 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game.
Sue Bird often used the off-season in USA to play professional basketball in Russia. She played for Dynamo Moscow in 2004-2005 off-season with a teammate from the Storm, Kamila Vodichkova. A year after, she won the Russian Championship and Euro league with Dynamo and a year later, Bird did that again with Spartak Moscow.
Bird also had a great success with the USA National team. She won three gold medals at 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics. In addition, Bird has another three gold medals from the FIBA World Championships in 2002, 2010, and 2014, with one bronze in 2006.
This American-Israeli basketball player have won numerous awards in her career. She has two WNBA titles, she was eight times selected in the WNBA All-Start team, four times in All-WNBA First Team, three times in All-WNBA Second Team, and WNBA All-Decade team.
Sue Bird currently resides in Seattle where she is an active part of the local community and she was always committed to helping children. Last month, Bird was presented with the Moyer Foundation award, which was the nice gesture and proud moment for the basketball player in her life and career.