We’re starved for hoops right now. With the NBA season on hold and the WNBA season up in the air, we’re itching for the return of our favorite sport. As Seattle fans, the return of basketball also means the return of our biggest star, Breanna Stewart. Not only is Stewie already one of the best Storm players of all time, she’s quickly taking her place as one of the greatest athletes to ever play in Seattle.
Four years ago, there was no doubt who the Storm would be taking with their number one draft pick. A New York native and a 2016 graduate from University of Connecticut, Stewie put together one of the most dominant college basketball careers of all time. Her 4 national championships, 4 NCAA tournament Most Outstanding Player Awards, and 3 Consensus National Player of the Year Awards are numbers not seen since Kareem played at UCLA.
Seattle is a basketball town plagued by “what if’s” around young stars (Scottie Pippen in ’87, Sonics departure at the genesis of Durant/Westbrook). Gifted with the top pick in the 2016 draft, the Storm pulled the trigger on Stewart in the biggest draft no-brainer in recent memory. During her rookie year she picked up where she left off at UCONN, dropping 38 points in a game just 6 weeks into her pro career, the second-highest scoring game in team history. To no one’s surprise, Stewie took home the 2016 WNBA Rookie of the Year Award and ESPN’s Female Athlete of the Year Award. During the Storm’s 2018 championship run, Stewart accomplished the proverbial “triple-crown,” winning the league MVP, Finals MVP, and the WNBA championship, joining Ichiro as the only two major Seattle sports starts that have won both Rookie of the Year and league MVP.
After a long recovery from her Achilles injury, Stewie is ready to return and rejoin Sue Bird, Jewell Loyd, Natasha Howard, and all the other talented women that make up Storm’s roster. Still only 25, the sky’s the limit for her and we cannot be more excited to watch everything else she’s going to accomplish in Seattle.
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