Becky Hammon Biography


Becky Hammon

Rebecca Lynn "Becky" Hammon was born on March 11, 1977, in Rapid City, South Dakota, to parents Marty and Bev. Raised on a property in the Black Hills National Forest, Hammon and her two older siblings developed a love for outdoor activities. She learned to dribble a basketball at a very young age, and honed her skills through competitive games with brother Matt at their home court.

High School
Hammon played high school basketball at Stevens High School in her hometown of Rapid City, South Dakota. As a junior, she was South Dakota Miss Basketball. As a senior, she was voted the South Dakota Player of the Year after averaging 26 points, 4 rebounds and 5 steals per game. Also that year, she was voted female class athlete by her graduating class.
College - Colorado State University
Hammon's prolific scoring for the Colorado State Rams made her an All-American as well as Colorado Sportswoman of the Year. She led her team to a 33–3 record in the 1998–1999 season and helped them advance to the NCAA Tournament's Sweet Sixteen. She was named the WAC Mountain Division player of the year for the 1998–1999 season and surpassed University of Utah player Keith Van Horn as the WAC's all-time leading scorer.

Hammon set many Colorado State all-time records, including points (2740), points per game (21.92), field goals made (918), free throws made (539), three-point field goals made (365) and assists (538). She received the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association as the best senior player under 5 ft 8 in (1.7 m) in 1999.

On November 12, 2004, Hammon was inducted into the Colorado State University Sports Hall of Fame. On January 22, 2005, her number 25 Colorado State jersey was retired at Moby Arena.
WNBA - NY Liberty
Undrafted during her rookie season, Hammon 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. Her aggressive play at both ends of the court made her a favorite among Liberty fans. After the 2003 season, Hammon took over for Weatherspoon as the Liberty's starting point guard and, with Vickie Johnson and Crystal Robinson, became one of the team's co-captains in 2004.

On August 16, 2005, Hammon scored her 2,000th WNBA career point. At the end of the 2005 season, she was named to the All-WNBA Second Team. 

Hammon enjoyed success with other teams during the WNBA offseason, playing for clubs in Italy, Spain and Russia. She also emerged as a star in the fledging National Women's Basketball League (NWBL), winning an MVP Award while leading the Colorado Chill to championships in 2005 and 2006.

In her first season in 2003 with the Tennessee Fury of the National Women's Basketball League (NWBL), Hammon led the league in scoring, averaging 20.6 points per game. In 2004, Hammon signed with the Colorado Chill, a new team in the NWBL, but played in only two games because of a knee injury she sustained in the 2003 season when playing for the Liberty.
WNBA - San Antonio Stars
On April 4, 2007, during the WNBA Draft, Hammon was traded to the Silver Stars, along with a second round draft pick in the 2008 draft, for the second overall first round pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, center Jessica Davenport. Hammon posted career high averages of 18.8 ppg (fourth best) and 5.0 apg (first in WNBA) in 2007. While in San Antonio, Hammon earned the nickname, "Big Shot Becky" because of her ability to hit shots in clutch moments. It comes from the nickname "Big Shot Bob" given to San Antonio Spurs forward, Robert Horry.

Hammon averaged 17.6 ppg, and 4.9 apg as she led the Silver Stars to a WNBA best record 24–10 and led them into the playoffs for a second straight year. In the conference semi-finals, Hammon scored 30 points in a Game 1 win against the Sacramento Monarchs. San Antonio would eventually win the series and advance to the Western Conference Finals. Following a loss in Game 1 and a win in Game 2, Hammon's 35 points propelled the Silver Stars to a victory in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Sparks. The Silver Stars advanced to the WNBA Finals where they were defeated by the Detroit Shock 3–0.

Hammon averaged a career-high 19.5 ppg and 5.0 apg in the 2009 WNBA season. The Silver Stars had a record of 15–19 and lost to the eventual champion Phoenix Mercury in the first round. Hammon 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. Later in the year, Hammon scored 37 points in a playoff-clinching win against the Los Angeles Sparks.
In 2008, after learning that, once again, she would not be invited to try out for the U.S. national team, Hammon announced she would try to claim a roster slot on the Russian national team in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Hammon became a Russian citizen in 2008. 

Hammon's decision to play for Russia was controversial in American basketball. In some circles she was branded an American traitor, with then-U.S. national coach Anne Donovan questioning her patriotism. "If you play in this country, live in this country, and you grow up in the heartland and you put on a Russian uniform, you are not a patriotic person in my mind," Donovan said.

Hammon responded to Donovan's criticism saying, "You don't know me. You don't know what that flag means to me. You don't know how I grew up. The biggest honor in our classroom was who could put up the (American) flag, roll it up right, not let the corners touch the ground. Obviously we definitely define patriotism differently." She has also stated. "I love my country. I love our national anthem. It absolutely gives me chills sometimes. I feel honored to be an American, to be from America because of what we stand for." Hammon said she played for Russia primarily to play on the Olympic stage, and it was not a purely financial decision.

She has since played for Russia at EuroBasket in 2009, the World Championship in 2010 and the Olympics in 2012.
San Antonio Spurs
Hammon had long expressed aspirations of becoming a coach after her playing career. On July 13, 2013, Hammon tore her left anterior cruciate ligament in a game against the Los Angeles Sparks. During her year-long rehabilitation, Hammon attended the NBA's San Antonio Spurs' practices, coaches' meetings, and games, where she was frequently invited to contribute opinions.

On August 5, 2014, Hammon was hired as an assistant coach for the Spurs, becoming the first full-time, salaried female coach in NBA history. Hammon's contribution to the staff made an impression on head coach Gregg Popovich. In a media statement released at the time of the hiring announcement, Popovich stated: "I very much look forward to the addition of Becky Hammon to our staff. Having observed her working with our team this past season, I'm confident her basketball IQ, work ethic, and interpersonal skills will be a great benefit to the Spurs."

On July 3, 2015, Hammon became the first ever female head coach in the NBA's Summer League when the Spurs announced she would coach their team. Hammon led the Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League title on July 20, 2015, becoming the first female NBA head coach to win a summer league title.

At the 2016 NBA All-Star Game, Hammon became the first woman to be part of an All-Star coaching staff.

Career Awards

  • Jersey retired by Colorado State University
  • Won the NWBL Championship with the Colorado Chill
  • Named to All WNBA 2nd Team
  • Won 2nd NWBL Championship with the Colorado Chill
  • Named NWBL MVP
  • Won World League Championship with CSKA
  • Named to All WNBA 1st Team
  • Led the San Antonio Silver Stars to the best record in the WNBA and to San Antonio's first ever Western Conference Championship
  • Made the Guinness World Record for Most Free Throws Made in a Minute (women’s category) after hitting 38 of 42 attempts in the allotted 60 seconds on February 16 at the NBA All-Star Jam Session
  • Voted into Euroleague All-Star Game
  • Won the Cup of Russia with CSKA
  • Silver Medalist in the Russian League Championships
  • Won the 2008 Haier Shooting Stars Competition along with David Robinson and Tim Duncan
  • Chosen as Athlete of the Year by the Rapid City Journal
  • Named to All WNBA 2nd Team
  • Voted into the EuroLeague All-Star Game
  • Won the EuroLeague All-Star 3 Point Shoot Out
  • Voted into the WNBA All-Star Game
  • Won the WNBA All-Star Game 3 Point Shoot Out
  • Named to the All WNBA 1st Team
  • Voted into the 2010 EuroLeague All-Star Game (Did not play)
  • Won the 2010 Haier Shooting Stars Competition at the NBA All-Star Weekend with Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Smith
  • Inducted into the South Dakota High School Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Named to the WNBA All-Star Game (Did not play due to injury)
  • Named to the WNBA's exclusive Top 15 Players of All Time list
  • Top vote-getter for the Silver Stars All-Decade Team
  • Hammon tore her ACL on July 13 and missed the remainder of the season
  • On July 23, Hammon announced that she will retire at the end of the 2014 season
  • On August 5, it was announced that Hammon will serve as assistant coach of the NBA San Antonio Spurs
  • On August 22, Hammon was award the Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award
  • ESPNW Woman of the Year 
  • Won NBA Summer League Championship coaching the San Antonio Spurs Summer League Team
  • Named to the WNBA's top 20@20 Players, recognizing the top 20 WNBA Players of All Time.
  • Inducted into the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame

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