We all knew going into the 2020 WNBA season that Sue Bird is one of the best players to ever play in the league. However, that doesn’t even begin to describe her impact. Sue Bird is tied for the most winningest active player in ALL of professional basketball now that she has won her fourth WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm.
Sue Bird won her first championship all the way back during President Bush’s first term in 2004. She won her second championship in 2010, third in 2018, and fourth in 2020. With sixteen years between her first and fourth titles, Bird has dominated the WNBA for almost two decades.
According to WNBA reporter Gabe Ibrahim, Sue Bird is the third player in professional basketball history to win championships in three different decades (2000s, 2010s, 2020s), joining Tim Duncan (1990s, 2000s, 2010s) and John Salley (1980s, 1990s, 2000s).
Besides Seimone Augustus, nobody active in the basketball world has won four chips the way Bird has. LeBron James may join her in the coming days, but until then, Bird is the most winningest basketball player in the world right now.
The most frightening part is that Sue Bird could win more chips. Bird may turn 40-years old later this October, but Seattle is filled with under-30 stars (including Breanna Stewart who is on the “GOAT” path) and can easily win again in 2021. There is an extremely likely scenario that Bird finishes her career with five or six championships.
Nobody in WNBA history has five championship wins. Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes, and Tina Thompson of the four-peat Houston Comets and Maya Moore and Seimone Augustus of the Minnesota Lynx are the only WNBA players with four championships.
Sue Bird is in a great position to put herself ahead of all of those WNBA legends and win a fifth title. The Storm simply DOMINATED in 2020 and should be favorites to win the Finals in 2021. If Sue Bird wins a fifth title, she will achieve something that only a select few have accomplished in all of professional sports. A fifth title solidifies Bird on the list of the most winningest athletes of all time.
For Bird’s career, she is an 11x All-Star, 5x All-WNBA First Team, 3x All-WNBA Second Team, and the WNBA All-Time Assists leader. Over the course of seventeen seasons, Bird has averaged 12.1 points, 5.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 1.7 three-pointers per game.
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