Watching Sue Bird, Sylvia Fowles’ career ahead of their final 12 regular season games – NBC Chicago

Watching Sue Bird, Sylvia Fowles careers in their last 12 regular season games originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Two of the WNBA greats are on a farewell tour.

Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowles are both expected to retire after this season. In honor of their many years in the league, the duo were named co-captains in last weekend’s WNBA All-Star Game, with Fowles in the lead.

As they prepare to wrap up their careers, here’s a look back at some of Bird and Fowles’ accomplishments.

Some of Bird’s career accolades include:

  • Four-time WNBA champion (2004, 2010, 2018 and 2020)
  • Thirteen-time WNBA All-Star
  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic flag bearer

Some of Fowler’s career accolades include:

  • Two-time WNBA champion (2015 and 2017)
  • Eight-time WNBA All-Star
  • WNBA MVP (2017)

What WNBA records does Sue Bird have?

Bird is all over the record books, starting with the sheer number of games she has played throughout her 18-year career.

Not only is Bird the only WNBA player to appear in over 500 games, she has also started in all 568 appearances.

A prolific distributor, Bird is the all-time assist leader with 3,161. She ranks third in assists per game with 5.6.

Her ability to involve her teammates, however, did not prevent her from scoring points. She currently sits in seventh place with 6,717 points, 94 points behind Cappie Pondexter.

Bird scores with consistency. She’s tied with Tina Thompson for most 300-plus-point seasons as a 15-year-old.

What WNBA records does Sylvia Fowles have?

The 6-foot-6 Minnesota Lynx center is all power in the paint.

Fowles holds the records for most career rebounds (3,712) and rebounds in a season (404). She also has the highest career field goal percentage at 59.7%.

She set the WNBA record for most of her career double-double in 2019 and continues to add to his tally with eight this season alone.

What’s at stake for Sue Bird and Sylvia Fowler in the last 12 games of their careers?

Ranking of all-time top scorers

No one will touch Diana Taurasi’s record 9,571 points, more than 2,000 points ahead of the second-highest scorer, but Bird and Fowler could still move up the standings.

With his current average of 8.3 points per game and 12 games remaining in the regular season, Bird will need to continue to produce on the offensive end of the ball but sixth place is well within reach.

Meanwhile, Fowles is already making strides into the top 10. She passed Lisa Leslie on Tuesday, taking her career point total to 6,265. Her next closest competition is Candace Parker (6,286). Despite teasing that the 2022 season could be his last, all signs point to Parker returning to the league next year. Leslie, on the other hand, retired in 2009, leaving her position undefended when Fowles overtook her in the standings.

WNBA Playoffs

Fowles and Bird face very different fates heading into the playoffs.

Fowles likely won’t make the playoffs as the Lynx are currently 9-15, giving them the league’s second-worst record.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Storm boasts the league’s third-best record and is a serious title contender. Bird could win his fifth WNBA championship in September. Bird, who has lost just one game in his four WNBA Finals appearances, hopes to continue his swansong dominance.

The record doesn’t stop for Bird in the playoffs. In 2020, she set the record for most assists in a playoff game (16).

Suffice to say that it will not break any more records this year?

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