Sue Bird is possibly the best point guard the WNBA has ever seen.
Further to the statement above, I think Sue Bird is one of the top-ten point guards in either the WNBA or NBA. If anyone who watches the NBA sees this they will scoff but to you I say, watch Sue Bird play. She has the uncanny ability to find an open player with a pass, similar to the way John Stockton used to play.
But enough about the NBA, this is a piece about only the second player in the WNBA to pass 2,500 assists in her career, thanks to the pass to Breanna Stewart against the Dallas Wings. The only other player to achieve this is Ticha Penicheiro who is the all time leader in assists and assists per game. Bird happens to be second in both categories. She has led the WNBA in assists per game three years. This year will make it four.
As a young 35 year old, Bird is again leading the WNBA. Her 7.3 assists per game is 1.2 per game more than Layshia Clarendon who is second. At her current rate, Bird will take the top spot for total all-time assists some time this season. This is another record set in the WNBA this season. What a time to be alive.
When you look at the top of most lists in the WNBA Bird is there. Bird is the active leader in games played (460). This number is good enough for sixth all-time. If she plays on for one more season, Bird will pass DeLisha Milton Jones record (499) for most games played in the WNBA.
Bird is currently fourth all-time for three point field goals made (762). Just check out the names ahead of her. Becky Hammon (829), Katie Smith (906) and Diana Taurasi (941 and counting). She is sixth all-time in three point field goal attempts. Her 38.6 percent is better than all the other players mentioned above.
In steals, Bird is eighth all-time in total steals (594) and this has her third active. Only Alana Beard and Jia Perkins (both 610) have more on the active lists. She will not catch Tamika Catchings (1074) who is the all-time leader but you have to let others have a record.
Bird is also ninth all-time for total points (5,664). This has Bird third active behind Cappie Pondexter (6,492) and Taurasi (7,534).
Sue Bird is a future hall-of-fame player. We may only have her around for another year or two so let us appreciate the brilliance which graces the court every time she plays. In case you are wondering, Bird has accumulated every single stat while playing for the Seattle Storm.
She has won two WNBA Championships, been named to the All-WNBA first team four times and the second team three times. Bird is also a nine time WNBA All-Star. She has also won four Olympic gold medals, three World Championship gold medals and one bronze.
Bird has also won five Russian Championships, on the EuroLeague four times and two Europe SuperCups. Bird is a role model for young players everywhere.