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Stars guard Becky Hammon to retire at end of season

Stars guard Becky Hammon to retire at end of season Photo: Joe Murphy/NBA (via Getty Images)

San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon, a 16-year veteran and six-time All-Star, will retire at the end of the 2014 season, the team announced on Wednesday. 

Hammon was named one of the Top 15 WNBA Players of All Time in 2011. The 37-year-old is expected to end her career as the Stars' all-time leader in assists, points per game and three-pointers made.

“Becky Hammon has made a lasting mark on the San Antonio Stars and the WNBA,” Stars General Manager and Head Coach Dan Hughes said. “She has worked tirelessly to become the best she could be on and off the floor. She has inspired in a wonderful way. The beauty of her game has been an amazing thing to have had a front row seat for.”

Hammon went undrafted out of Colorado State before being signed by the New York Liberty in 1999. She spent eight seasons in New York before being traded to the Stars on draft night in 2007. That year she had one of the best seasons of her career, averaging 18.8 points and five assists per game.

For her career, Hammon has averaged 13.1 points and 3.8 assists per game while shooting 38 percent from three. She ranks second in WNBA history with 817 made three-pointers. 

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Hammon has worked with San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich and has said she wants to coach after her career is over. 

 - Molly Geary

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