NEW YORK, Sept. 28, 2017 – Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird has been named the recipient of the 2017 Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award, the WNBA announced today. This marks the second such honor for Bird, who shared the award with Ruth Riley in 2011.
The Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award is presented each season to a player who exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship on the court, including ethical behavior, fair play and integrity. The award is named for the late Kim Perrot, who helped guide the Houston Comets to their first two WNBA championships before passing away in August 1999 after a seven-month battle with cancer.
Bird received 20 votes from a national panel of 40 sportswriters and broadcasters. Atlanta Dream center/forward Elizabeth Williams finished second with five votes, while Los Angeles Sparks guard/forward Alana Beard was third with four votes. Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore and Washington Mystics center Krystal Thomas received three votes each.
The 5-9 Bird recently played her 15th WNBA season, all spent with the Storm, which selected her with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 WNBA Draft. During the 2017 season, Bird broke the WNBA record for career assists (2,610), surpassing Ticha Penicheiro (2,599). Bird was named an All-Star for the 10th time, matching Tamika Catchings for the most selections in league history. She averaged a career-high 6.6 assists to go with 10.6 points, helping Seattle advance to the WNBA Playoffs presented by Verizon for the second year in a row.
Last year, Bird was named one of the 20 greatest and most influential players in WNBA history as part of the WNBA Top20@20 presented by Verizon. The former University of Connecticut standout won WNBA championships with Seattle in 2004 and 2010. She is also a four-time Olympic gold medalist with USA Basketball (2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016).
Bird has led the WNBA in assist average three times (2005, 2009 and 2016). She finished the 2017 season ranked ninth in WNBA history in scoring (5,840 points) and eighth in steals (617).
Below are the voting results for the 2017 WNBA Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award and a list of all-time winners.
2017 KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD RESULTS
Player Team Votes
Sue Bird Seattle Storm 20
Elizabeth Williams Atlanta Dream 5
Alana Beard Los Angeles Sparks 4
Maya Moore Minnesota Lynx 3
Krystal Thomas Washington Mystics 3
Cappie Pondexter Chicago Sky 2
Kayla McBride San Antonio Stars 1
Jeanette Pohlen-Mavunga Indiana Fever 1
Jasmine Thomas Connecticut Sun 1
ALL-TIME KIM PERROT SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD WINNERS
2017 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
2016 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2015 DeLisha Milton-Jones Atlanta Dream
2014 Becky Hammon San Antonio Stars
2013 Swin Cash Chicago Sky
Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2012 Kara Lawson Connecticut Sun
2011 Sue Bird Seattle Storm
Ruth Riley San Antonio Stars
2010 Tamika Catchings Indiana Fever
2009 Kara Lawson Sacramento Monarchs
2008 Vickie Johnson San Antonio Stars
2007 Tully Bevilaqua Indiana Fever
2006 Dawn Staley Houston Comets
2005 Taj McWilliams-Franklin Connecticut Sun
2004 Teresa Edwards Minnesota Lynx
2003 Edna Campbell Sacramento Monarchs
2002 Jennifer Gillom Phoenix Mercury
2001 Sue Wicks New York Liberty
2000 Suzie McConnell Serio Cleveland Rockers
1999 Dawn Staley Charlotte Sting
1998 Suzie McConnell Serio Cleveland Rockers
1997 Haixia Zheng Los Angeles Sparks