Who is Becky Hammon?

By George Middleton

Becky Hammon was the talk of the summer in the NBA. Hammon led the Spurs to a 6-1 record in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns in the Summer League Championship. Kyle Anderson was named the Summer League MVP, while Jonathon Simmons won the Summer League Championship MVP Award.

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Hammon is a primary example of why gender isn’t important when it comes to knowing the sport of basketball and most importantly helping a team win games. Hammon will obviously resume to being assistant coach when the season begins. Legendary head coach Gregg Popovich runs the show for the Spurs. It’s become apparent that Hammon has learned a thing or two from Popovich.

One may ask, who is Hammon?

Jul 20, 2015; Las Vegas, NV, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Becky Hammon reacts to a foul called on the floor during the NBA Summer League Final against the Phoenix Suns at Thomas & Mack Center. The Spurs won the game 93-90. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The 38-year old was born in South Dakota and she made her mark at Colorado State as a basketball player. Hammon set records at Colorado State in points, assists, free throws made, and three-point field goals made. She was inducted as a member of the Colorado State Hall of Fame and her jersey was retired as well.

As a result of a successful collegiate career Hammon made the WNBA despite going undrafted. Hammon signed with the New York Liberty in 1999. Hammon played with the Liberty from 1999-2006, before playing with Spanish League team Rivas Futura in 2006-07. Hammon then was traded to the San Antonio Stars, where she made an impact immediately. Hammon played for the Stars from 2007-2014.

Hammon is a 6-time WNBA All-Star and a 4-time All-WNBA Selection. She will always be remembered for her 37 point outburst against the Los Angeles Sparks in a playoff-clinching win.

Hammon is now coaching for the Spurs obviously, maybe she will be a head coach in the near future.

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