Sue Bird is an American professional basketball player who has a net worth of $8 million. The bird was taken first overall by the Storm in the 2002 WNBA draught and is largely rated among the best players in the history of the league.
In total, she and her squad have won four championships, including four Olympic gold medals, two NCAA crowns, and four FIBA World Cup crowns. She is one of only 11 women in history to have received all of these distinctions. Bird is the only WNBA player to have won titles in three distinct decades as of 2021. As a Basketball Operations Associate with the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, she worked in the front office. She has also represented three Russian teams.
She also has five EuroLeague championships under her belt. The bird was ranked among the league’s top 20 all-time performers.
According to Spotrac, Bird agreed to a one-year contract with the Seattle Storm, which included a $221,450 signing bonus and an annual average salary of $221,450. Bird’s base salary will be $221,450 in 2021, with a $221,450 cap hit.
Suzanne Brigit Bird, daughter of Herschel and Nancy Bird, was born on October 16, 1980, in Syosset, New York. Her father is a Russian Jew, and she is a citizen of Israel.
Her older sister, who is also an athlete, has impacted the bird’s interest in field sports since she was a child.
She also played soccer, tennis, and track in addition to basketball. Bird started off playing AAU basketball in grade 6. When she was 11, a St. John’s basketball game security officer approached her and asked for her autograph. As a member of the New York state championship team at Christ the King Regional High School and Syosset High School, Bird completed her secondary education. She was voted New York Daily News Player of the Year and New York State Player of the Year at the time.
The Seattle Storm selected Sue Bird in the 2002 WNBA draught. She played in every game and scored 14.4 points per game in her debut season. This young lady made the Western Conference All-Star team in her rookie season and was voted runner-up for Rookie of the Year.
After leading her team to victory in 2004, Bird became the eleventh player to win an Olympic Gold Medal, an NCAA Championship, and a WNBA Championship. She damaged her knee in 2012 and was forced to sit out the entire 2013 season.
She was one of the squad members for the 2010 WNBA vs. USA Basketball game. She has also competed in the World Championships, the 2012 Summer Olympics, the 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, and the 2018 FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup for her country. A multi-year deal was struck when Bird re-signed with the Storm in free agency in 2016. The bird was chosen to the All-WNBA First Team for the first time in 12 years, making it her fifth participation in the league. In celebration of the WNBA’s twentieth anniversary, Bird was also named to the Top 20@20, a list of the best 20 players in league history.
Bird made her season debut in 2017, after rehabilitating from knee surgery, marking her the WNBA’s oldest active player as well as the league’s oldest starter. The bird was selected to play in the 2017 WNBA All-Star Game, marking her tenth appearance in the game. Bird has now appeared in more WNBA All-Star Games than anybody else, including Tamika Catchings. Bird made a new WNBA regular-season record by playing her 500th game against the Atlanta Dream, passing Delisha Milton-Jones.
Sponsorship partnerships with Bird are worth around $1.5. Nike, Symetra, State Farm, American Express, Mendi, and Glossier are among the businesses with which she has collaborated.
She’s been marketing things like Mendi, Glossier, and American Express for a long time, and she’s worked with Nike for a long time.
Bird announced her lesbian status in 2017, and she is currently seeing soccer player Megan Rapinoe.
They featured together for the “Body Issue” cover of ESPN The Magazine. She declared her engagement with Megan Rapioe on social media in 2020.
Awards and Achievements
Sue Bird has a long list of achievements to her name. She is a three-time WNBA champion accordingly in 2004, 2010, and 2018, as well as an eleven-time WNBA All-Star, five-time All-WNBA First Team, three-time All-WNBA Second Team, and WNBA assist leader.
In 2011, she was named to the WNBA’s Top 15 Players of All Time list. Bird has also been named to the WNBA All-Decade Team, the WNBA All-Time Assists Leader, and the WNBA Top 20@20.
In 2002, Bird was the recipient of the Honda Sports Award
As a senior at Georgetown University, she was named the Big East Conference’s Most Valuable Player and the Associated Press’ Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year in the same year that she took home the Naismith College Player of the Year award.
Bird has won multiple championships with various teams, including the EuroLeague championship in 2007-2010 and 2013, the Europe SuperCup in 2009 and 2010, the NCAA championship in 2000 and 2002, the Russian National League in 2007, 2008, and 2012-2014, and many more.
She has also won four Olympic gold medals in 2004, 2008, 2012, and 2016, as well as four FIBA World Cup gold medals in 2002, 2010, 2014, and 2018, and a 2006 FIBA World Cup bronze medal.
As of 2022, Sue Bird’s net worth is roughly estimated to be $8 million. Her earnings were derived from contracts, brand endorsements, and sponsorships. She is one of only 11 women who have received all of these distinctions. She is also regarded as a member of the league. She described the distinction as “mind-blowing.”
In 2002, she was nominated to China’s national squad for the world championships in Zhangjiagang, Changzhou, and Nanjing. Instagram, where she has over 400k followers, is also a frequent stop for Bird.