Becky Hammon Sweetrocks Inspiring Women
Rebecca (Becky) Hammon is an American-Russian professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association (NBA). A three-time All-American basketball player for the Colorado State Rams, Becky went on to play for the San Antonio Stars and New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and for several other teams outside the United States. Hammon, who was born and raised in the United States, became a naturalized Russian citizen in 2008 and represented the Russian national team in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Undrafted during her rookie season, Becky was signed to the WNBA on May 12, 1999 and joined the New York Liberty. She had a solid rookie season statistically, backing up starting point guard Teresa Weatherspoon. After the 2003 season, Hammon took over for Weatherspoon as the Liberty’s starting point guard
On April 4, 2007, Hammon was traded to the WNBA’s San Antonio Silver Stars.Hammon posted career high averages of 18.8 ppg (fourth best) and 5.0 apg in 2007. She led the league in assists that year. While in San Antonio, Hammon earned the nickname “Big Shot Becky” because of her ability to make shots in important moments.
Becky was an All-Star as well as a first-team All-WNBA selection. On August 31, 2011, Hammon became the seventh player in WNBA history to score 5,000 points. Hammon retired from the WNBA in 2014. She is a six-time WNBA All-Star.