How does one sum up a career Simon Augustus And the impact of myth on the Minnesota Linux and WNBA?
In 15 seasons, 14 of them came with Lynx, the great player who retired before the 2021 season as one of the most prolific basketball players of all time. Augustus made his mark on the WNBA and Minnesota while flipping the Lynx and giving it a new face. She has an endless number of personal awards and retired to 10th place in WNBA history with a score (6,005), averaging 15.4 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game.
The #1 pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft went on to make a legendary career with Lynx, including:
- Four WNBA titles (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
- Eight All-Star appearances (2006, 2007, 2001, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)
- Six All-WNBA Team Picks
- and three Olympic gold medals with USA Basketball (2008, 2012, 2016).
Money Mone also holds the franchise’s record in total points (5,881), field goals (2,401), games played (370), games started (365) and minutes played (10,918).
When the Los Angeles Sparks come to Target Center Sunday to face Minnesota for the first time this season, the Lynx legend and current Sparks assistant coach will have the honor of becoming the second player in franchise history to have her shirt hung from the rafters. . Lynx will be retiring with jersey number 33 for August. you will join Lindsey WallenThe number 13 shirt is already hanging in the center of the goal. Rebecca Bronson Augustus and Wall will join when they retire with her number 32 jersey on July 3.
Augustus then said, “Minnesota knows they have a part of my heart, and they always will.” Announcing her retirement in 2021. “I gave them everything I could give for 14 years, and I felt it in return. … Great people, the crucible of people, with whom I had the opportunity to enjoy and the opportunity to share wonderful memories. That was what Minnesota was ultimately for me, home to be.”
In honor of recognizing the Lynx legend by retiring her shirt, let’s look back at a few of the highlights of her award-winning career.
A quick start to her career
Coming out of LSU after winning the Wooden and Naismith Player of the Year awards in 2005 and 2006, Lynx drafted August 1st overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft. She made a bid in her junior campaign.
Augustus led Lynx, averaging 21.9 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists in 34 games in her rookie season. As a result, she won the 2006 Rookie of the Year. She is the second player from Minnesota to do so and the first since then. Betty Lennox in 2000.
Augustus did not know that this would be the first of many awards.
To become the face of excellence
Not only did Augustus start her career strong in Minnesota, but she quickly became the new face of the franchise for the much-needed Lynx. Whether it was her playing on the court or her character off the ground, Augustus instantly won over the Minnesota fan base and basketball fans in general while standing at the center of Lynx’s identity.
“Mone is the Lynx,” August’s longtime teammate Silvia Fowles She said before August’s first return to Target Center in 2021. “She’s been here since day one. She’s been here through the good, the bad, and the ugly. … Anytime you think of a Minnesota Lynx, you can put Mone next to that.”
From 2006 to 2019, Augustus often led Minnesota offensively, averaging 15.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the field and 35.9 percent from three in 370 games in the regular season ( 365 where I started).
From being part of the teams that were near the bottom of the WNBA standings and lost post-season, to standing at the top of the league in the midst of a dynasty, August was at the center of it all. Augustus and Lynx together grew into what it is today.
Playoff debut, WNBA title
For the first five years of her WNBA career, Augustus had not experienced playing in the playoffs. Minnesota averaged 12.6 wins annually from 34 regular season games.
In 2011, after the formulation of Lynx Maya Mor #1 overall, reaching the post-season for the first time since 2004. They haven’t looked back from there, reaching the playoffs every year since that 2011 campaign.
“I just remember looking across the room, and I had Lindsay Whalen, Rebekkah Brunson, Maya Moore, and McWilliams Franklin’s crownAugustus said of this 2011 team, we didn’t know what the training camp would be like When she thought about her career in 2021. “I remember after the first day of training, and we busted the players’ rears, we were like ‘Oh, yeah, it’s turned on. We clicked right away.
“We went on that trip and even when we got to the All-Star Break, people didn’t think Lynx was that good. … After we got out of the All-Star break, we got to another level. When we got to the playoffs, that was the first playoff I was in. My career….I was looking around the room and thinking “Not only did we play in the playoffs, we might be the champions this year.”
The postseason debut was memorable for Augustus for many reasons. Lynx captured the WNBA title that season, and swept the Atlanta Dream 3-0 for their first franchise championship.
Augustus put on an all-star season after having abdominal surgery that year. She also won the MVP award at the Finals in 2011, averaging 24.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists in 35.5 minutes per game in her three Finals games.
Not only was this season the first of many successful playoffs for Augustus and Lynx, it was also the start of what would become a Minnesota dynasty in the following years.
Four WNBA titles and three Olympic gold medals
Storming into the playoffs in 2011 marked an impressive tour start for Lynx and Augustus. She would end up adding more trophies and medals to her resume from that point on, and is now one of the most decorated party players in WNBA history.
After the title in 2011, Augustus helped Minnesota to appear in five other championship series. Lynx came out on top as the league champions in 2013, 2015, and 2017, bringing the franchise’s total to four episodes.
Besides her success in the WNBA, Augustus also had success on the world stage. In 2016, Augustus competed in her last Olympics, representing the USA for the third time in her football career. After taking gold at the 2016 Olympics, August scored her third gold medal to add to her trophy bag.
Securing individual landmarks
Outside of the tournaments and awards she won during her football career, Augustus has earned individual recognition and milestones her way during her 15-year career in the league.
During the WNBA’s 20th season in 2016, the league named 20 players as the 20 Greatest Players of All Time and placed Augustus on that exclusive list. The group honored and honored 20 of the most influential WNBA players during the league’s first 20 years of existence.
A few years later in 2020, August’s final season in the WNBA, she crossed the 6000 career point mark against the Washington Mystics, becoming the 10th player in WNBA history to reach the milestone. She will also end up passing Tina Charles In the list of top scorers for the WNBA this season, moving into the top ten in history.
August was the franchise leader in points (5,881) and played (370) games over 14 seasons in Minnesota when she left Lynx.
Augustus’ influence on Lynx, the WNBA, and the basketball world extends far beyond just the awards and accomplishments she has racked up during her football career. It helped turn the Minnesota franchise, give it a new face and a new voice, and become a Lynx legend along the way.
Now in 2022, with her football career officially over, Augustus has received the ultimate honor by retiring her shirt from Minnesota. An honor and recognition definitely deserved for everything I’ve done for the franchise over the years.