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Becky Hammon announces retirement

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Becky Hammon will retire after 16 years in the WNBA. (Photo by Rebecca George)
Becky Hammon will retire after 16 years in the WNBA. (Photo by Rebecca George)

After a 16-year career with two different teams, San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon is ready to hang it up. Hammon will retire following the 2014 season, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Hammon has spent eight seasons with the Stars, averaging 15.9 points, 5.1 assists and 2.7 rebounds. She had her best season in silver and black in 2009 when she averaged 19.5 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.58 steals per game.

“Becky Hammon has made a lasting mark on the San Antonio Stars and the WNBA,” Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes said. “She has worked tirelessly to become the best she could be on and off the floor. She has inspired in a wonderful way. The beauty of her game has been an amazing thing to have had a front row seat for.”

San Antonio acquired Hammon in 2007 when the team traded the number four pick in the WNBA Draft Jessica Davenport and a 2008 draft pick to the New York Liberty.

In 2008 Hammon led the Stars to their lone WNBA Finals appearance. San Antonio owned a record of 24-10 for the best record in the Western Conference. The Stars defeated the Sacramento Monarchs and Los Angeles Sparks before falling to the Detroit Shock in the Finals.

The 37-year old began her career with the New York Liberty in 1999 after going undrafted. In her eight seasons in New York she averaged 10.4 points and 2.5 assists per game in 227 games played. Hammon led the Liberty to six playoff appearances and one WNBA Finals.

Hammon is averaging 8.1 points, 4.1 assists and 1.5 rebounds in the 2014 season.

(Stats via WNBA.com)

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