Sue Bird

Position: Guard
Height: 5'9' / 176 cms.
Weight: 150 lbs. / 68 kgs.
WNBA Team: Seattle Storm
School: University of Connecticut '02
Hometown: Syosset, N.Y.

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2004, 2008 & 2012 Olympic Games, 2002 & 2010 FIBA World Championships, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2002 Opals World Challenge, 2000 R. William Jones Cup.
  • Silver Medal: 2007 FIBA World League Tournament.
  • Bronze Medal: 2006 FIBA World Championship.
  • Attended the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas, was injured and unable to participate.
  • After playing in 2000 on the USA R. William Jones Cup and USA Select teams, was called up to the USA National Team in April 2002. Since then, has helped the USA to three-straight Olympic gold medals with perfect 8-0 records each Games, two FIBA World Championship gold medals (18-0), one FIBA World Championship bronze medal (8-1) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold (5-0). During that time, the USA National Team with Bird on the floor also has compiled a 45-1 record in exhibition play.
  • One of eight players to have earned an NCAA title, WNBA title and Olympic gold medal. (Swin Cash, Cynthia Cooper, Maya Moore, Ruth Riley, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi and Kara Wolters round out the list). Is one of seven to have added a FIBA World Championship gold medal (Cash, Cooper, Moore, Swoopes, Taurasi, Wolters).
  • Averaged a 2012 Olympic tournament second-leading (tie) 4.5 apg. and led the 12-team field in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.27).
  • Her 36 assists in 2012 rank as the second most for a U.S. athlete in a single Olympic competition (Teresa Edwards, 64 in 1996) and currently ranks fourth all-time among U.S. Olympic career record holders for assists (58) through three Olympiads.
  • Dished out 26 assists at the Ď10 Worlds, which ranks fifth among all-time USA single World Championship competition leaders; ranks third among all-time USA career leaders with 70 assists (2.8 apg.) over three FIBA World Championships.
  • Aided the 2007 USA Select Team to a 3-2 record and the silver medal at the 2007 FIBA World League Tournament in Ekaterinburg, Russia, and collected the award for the tournamentís best guard.
  • Attended part of the USAís 2007 Tour of Italy training camp, but was unable to compete due to her teamís EuroLeague schedule.
  • Finished the 2006 FIBA World Championship as the tournamentís assist leader (4.6 apg.).
  • Member of the 2000 USA R. William Jones Cup Team that posted a 4-0 record in Taipei, Taiwan, and earned the gold medal and returned less than two months later as a member of the 2000 USA Basketball Select Team that competed against the eventual gold medal winning 2000 U.S. Olympic Team in an exhibition contest in Hawaii.

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 1 in 2002 by the Seattle Storm.
  • WNBA titles: 2004, 2010
  • All-WNBA first team: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
  • All-WNBA second team: 2008, 2010, 2011
  • WNBA All-Star Games: 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 (injured), 2009, 2011
  • WNBA All-Decade Team: 1997-06
  • Top 15 Players in WNBA History (15th Anniv. Team): 2011
  • WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: 2011 (shared with Ruth Riley)
  • EuroLeague titles: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013
  • EuroLeague All-Star Games: 2008, 2011
  • Sat out the 2013 WNBA season after undergoing surgery to remove a cyst from her right knee.
  • Played nine seasons (2004-05 to 2012-13) in Russia, spent her first two years with WBC Dynamo, before playing five seasons for Spartak Moscow Region Vidjoje and two seasons with UMMC Ekaterinburg.
  • Helped lead the Storm to a sweep of the 2010 playoffs and second WNBA title; the 2010 Storm also posted a franchise-record 28-6 regular-season slate.
  • Led the WNBA in 2009 with 5.8 apg.
  • After returning from Athens, helped lead the Storm to a 20-12 finish and the 2004 WNBA crown.
  • Second-leading vote getter for the 2002 WNBA Rookie of the Year honor.

Collegiate Notes:

  • During her four years (1999-02) at UConn, the Huskies posted a 136-9 record (.938), played in four NCAA  Tournaments, won a pair of NCAA crowns (2000, 2002), advanced to the 2001 Final Four and earned four Big East Conference regular season and tournament titles.
  • National Player of the Year awards: Naismith, Wade Trophy, Honda Award, Associated Press and USBWA and the first annual Senior C.L.A.S.S. award (2002).
  • Top Female College Athlete of the Year ESPY winner (2002).
  • NCAA All-Final Four (2000, 2002), NCAA Mideast Region Most Outstanding Player (2002) and NCAA All-East Regional (2000).
  • Big East Player of the Year (2002), All-Big East first team (2002, 2001), All-Big East second team (2000).
  • Big East All-Tournament Team (2002).

Personal Notes:

  • Born on October 16, 1980, hails from Syosset, New York.
  • Daughter of Nancy and Herschel Bird, has one sister, Jennifer.
  • Wears No. 10 because she and her sister were both born in the 10th month of the year.
  • Attended Christ The King H.S. (N.Y.), where she was the MVP of the 1998 New York state tournament, and also led her squad to a 27-0 record and the USA Today national crown.
  • Named to the 1998 Parade Magazine All-America first team and the USA Today All-USA second team.
  • A multi-sport athlete and National Honor Society member in high school, earned varsity letters twice in soccer and once in track.
  • In 2003 was voted by Seattle sports fans to replace SuperSonics and 2000 U.S. Olympic Team guard Gary Payton's billboard at the entrance of Seattle's Nike Town. She not only beat out Sonics guard and 2000 Olympic gold medalist Ray Allen, the runner-up, but also Lance Armstrong, Mia Hamm and Marion Jones.
  • Earned her degree in communication science.
USA Basketball Statistics
TEAM
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2012 OLY
8/ 8
21-43
.488
7-21
.333
0- 0
.---
17/2.1
49/6.1
36
0
2
2012 OLYx
3/ 1
5-10
.500
2-4
.500
0- 0
.---
5/1.7
12/4.0
14
0
3
2010 WC
9/ 9
22- 45
.489
6- 17
.353
0- 0
.---
20/ 2.2
50/ 5.6
26
0
12
2010 WNT
1/ 1
1- 2
.500
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.---
1/ 1.0
2/ 2.0
5
0
0
2009 WNT
3/ 3
8- 24
.333
1- 10
.100
2- 2
1.000
7/ 2.3
19/ 6.3
14
0
2
2008 OLY
8/ 8
10- 31
.323
2- 10
.200
2- 4
.500
18/ 2.3
24/ 3.0
14
0
14
2008 OLYx
3/ 3
9- 14
.643
4- 7
.571
2- 2
1.000
9/ 3.0
24/ 8.0
5
0
5
2007 COLL
8/ 8
24- 52
.462
12- 26
.462
12- 12
1.000
18/ 2.3
72/ 9.0
23
0
5
2007 FWLT
5/ 5
13- 26
.500
6- 14
.429
4- 4
1.000
11/ 2.2
36/ 7.2
15
0
7
2007 TOA
5/ 5
11- 22
.500
2- 7
.286
4- 4
1.000
19/ 3.8
28/ 5.6
20
1
10
2007 WNT
2/ 2
7- 15
.467
1- 3
.333
3- 4
.750
8/ 4.0
18/ 9.0
6
0
5
2006 WC
9/ 9
27- 56
.482
10- 20
.500
5- 8
.625
13/ 1.4
69/ 7.7
41
1
12
2006 WCx
1/ 1
3- 6
.500
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.---
2/ 2.0
6/ 6.0
3
0
1
2006 WNT
3/ 2
5- 10
.500
3- 4
.750
2- 2
1.000
9/ 3.0
15/ 5.0
6
0
3
2004 OLY
7/ 0
9- 30
.300
2- 16
.125
0- 0
.---
6/ 0.9
20/ 2.9
8
0
2
2004 OLYx
3/ 0
7- 15
.467
2- 6
.333
2- 2
1.000
3/ 1.0
18/ 6.0
5
0
4
2004 WNT
13/ 0
22- 53
.415
10- 30
.333
3- 4
.750
28/ 2.2
57/ 4.4
48
1
16
2002 WC
7/ 0
9- 27
.333
4- 12
.333
8- 8
1.000
7/ 1.0
30/ 4.3
3
0
6
2002 OWC
4/ 0
6- 16
.375
1- 4
.250
0- 0
.---
5/ 1.3
13/ 3.3
4
0
1
2000 SEL
1/ 1
0- 5
.000
0- 1
.000
0- 0
.000
2/ 2.0
0/ 0.0
3
0
0
2000 JCUP
4/ 4
3- 13
.231
1- 3
.333
1- 4
.250
10/ 2.5
8/ 2.0
17
0
5
Totals
107/70
222-506
.439
76-217
.350
50- 62
.806
218/ 2.0
570/ 5.3
316
3
115
WNBA Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013 DNP -- Injured                  
2012
29/29
133- 290
.459
53- 138
.384
36- 46
.783
83/ 2.9
355/ 12.2
155
3
26
2011
34/34
183- 408
.449
71- 166
.428
63- 72
.875
99/ 2.9
500/ 14.7
165
6
48
2010
33/ 33
135- 311
.434
59- 148
.399
36- 42
.857
88/ 2.7
365/ 11.1
190
5
50
2009
31/ 31
154- 377
.408
54- 150
.360
35- 41
.854
78/ 2.5
397/ 12.8
179
3
47
2008
33/ 33
172- 390
.441
47- 137
.343
74- 85
.871
84/ 2.5
465/ 14.1
169
3
39
2007
29/ 29
118- 276
.428
45- 133
.338
22- 26
.846
57/ 2.0
303/ 10.4
143
8
43
2006
34/ 34
137- 333
.411
56- 153
.366
59- 68
.868
102/ 3.0
389/ 11.4
162
5
61
2005
30/ 30
130- 294
.442
45- 103
.437
59- 69
.855
72/ 2.4
364/ 12.1
176
6
29
2004
34/ 34
151- 326
.463
64- 146
.438
73- 85
.859
106/ 3.1
439/ 12.9
184
5
51
2003
34/ 34
155- 368
.421
49- 140
.350
61- 69
.884
113/ 3.3
420/ 12.4
221
1
48
2002
32/ 32
151- 375
.403
57- 142
.401
102- 112
.911
83/ 2.6
461/ 14.4
191
3
55
Totals
353/353
1619-3748
.432
600-1556
.386
620-715
.867
965/ 2.7
4458/ 12.6
1935
48
497
College Statistics
YEAR
G/S
FGM-FGA
PCT
3PM-3PA
PCT
FTM-FTA
PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2002
39/ 39
198- 392
.505
69- 148
.466
98-104
.942
131/ 3.4
563/ 14.4
231
9
96
2001
34/ 34
137- 309
.443
60- 139
.432
35- 45
.778
89/ 2.6
369/ 10.9
169
4
63
2000
37/ 37
140- 279
.502
72- 145
.497
53- 59
.898
94/ 2.5
405/ 10.9
160
1
69
1999
8/ 8
16- 41
.316
6- 19
.316
3- 4
.750
16/ 2.0
41/ 5.1
25
1
15
Totals
118/118
491-1021
.481
207- 451
.459
189-212
.892
330/ 2.8
1378/ 11.7
585
15
24