Seimone Augustus: A Hall of Fame Induction Celebrating a Legendary Career

On April 6, 2024, an announcement was made from Minneapolis/St. Paul that Seimone Augustus, a distinguished WNBA player, is set to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. This momentous recognition places Augustus among the most revered figures in basketball history.

A Historic Induction

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame revealed that Augustus is one of the inductees of the Class of 2024.

This announcement, made in Phoenix, Arizona—coinciding with the 2024 NCAA Men’s Final Four—was broadcast live, sharing this significant milestone with fans worldwide via ESPN2.

Augustus, on her first ballot, will join the elite ranks as the second player from the Lynx franchise to be elected in their inaugural year of eligibility, a prestigious group that includes Lindsay Whalen (2022). She will be the fourth Lynx player to receive this honor, standing alongside notable names like Katie Smith (2018) and Teresa Edwards (2011).

Celebrating a Storied WNBA Career

Over a remarkable 16-year tenure in the WNBA, Augustus, hailing from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, has amassed an impressive array of achievements, including:

  • WNBA Championships: Four titles with the Minnesota Lynx (2011, 2013, 2015, 2017)
  • All-WNBA Selections: Six times (2006, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)
  • All-Star Appearances: Eight (2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018)

Augustus was the first overall pick in the 2006 WNBA Draft by Minnesota from Louisiana State University.

Her career stats include participating in 391 games (365 starts) with totals of 6,005 points, 1,228 rebounds, 911 assists, 280 steals, and 133 blocks. These impressive achievements place her among the WNBA’s all-time greats in scoring and field goals made.

A Legacy Beyond the Court

Apart from her WNBA success, Augustus’ career is highlighted by her contributions to Team USA, with whom she secured three Olympic gold medals (2008, 2012, and 2016) and two FIBA World Championship medals (2006 and 2014).

Honoring a Legend

The Minnesota Lynx retired Augustus’ No. 33 jersey on May 29, 2022, in Minneapolis, enshrining her legacy within the Target Center. Her impact extends to Louisiana State University, where her No. 33 is celebrated at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, and her statue stands as a testament to her influence, marking her as the first female athlete in the school’s history to be so honored.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony is eagerly anticipated to take place on Saturday, August 17, in Springfield, Massachusetts, at the Springfield Symphony Hall. This event will not only celebrate Augustus’ outstanding contributions to basketball but will also serve as a reminder of her indelible mark on the sport.

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