2017 marked the 4th WNBA championship for the 8 time WNBA All-Star Seimone Augustus. Drafted No. 1 overall in the 2006, Seimone has since helped the Minnesota Lynx appear in 6 of the last 8 WNBA Finals. As a rookie and chosen a reserve for the 2006 WNBA All Star Game in Madison Square Garden, she led the West with 16 points while also dominating the Skills Competition. To conclude her inaugural year as a professional, Seimone was undoubtedly named 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year. In only her second season as a Lynx, she was officially voted as a WNBA All-Star, finished eighth in MVP voting, and was selected Second Team All-WNBA. She was unanimously named 2011 Finals MVP after leading the Lynx to their first championship, topping all scorers in points per game, and recording the second highest points scored in a game in WNBA Finals history. Three WNBA championships later, Seimone Augustus holds a spot as one of the WNBA's Top 20 Players of All Time, honored in the 2016 season in celebration of 20 years since the league's inception.
WNBA Championship 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
WNBA TOP 20@20, 2016
ALL WNBA FINALS MVP 2011
ALL WNBA FIRST TEAM 2012
ALL WNBA Second Team 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
WNBA ALL-STAR GAMES 2006, 2007, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
WNBA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR 2006
WNBA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM 2006
SPRING 1999, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED FOR WOMEN
Seimone's career in the red, white, and blue jersey speaks for itself. In her USA debut, she was named 2003 USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year and MVP of the gold medal U21 World Championship team. She then captured another gold in Izmir Turkey as a member of the 2005 World University Games Team. After working her way up as a national team contender, she's since helped USA earn three consecutive Olympic gold medals, making her one of only a handful of players to play and win at least three gold medals. HONORS—USA Basketball Female Athlete of the Year; MVP of the 2003 World Championship For Young Women (U21), 2003; Olympic Gold Medals, 2016, 2012 & 2008; FIBA World Championship, 2014; FIBA Americas Championship, 2007; World University Games, 2005; FIBA World Championship For Young Women (U21), 2003;
Bronze Medal, FIBA World Championship, 2006; International Invitationals: FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament (Gold), 2008; FIBA World League Tournament (Silver), 2007; Opals World Challenge (Gold), 2006
Averaging 16.8 ppg and 5 rpg, it's no surprise Seimone Augusts has garnered great respect on the global stage. As a rookie, Dynamo Moscow welcomed her to Russia where she quickly helped the club win the 2007 FIBA EuroCup. After two years in Russia, she took her talents to the Turkish powerhouse, Galatasaray, winning the FIBA EuroCup along with EuroCUP MVP honors and finishing the season winning the 2009 Turkish Cup. Returning to Russia in 2013, this time with Dynamo Kursk, Seimone continued to compete at the highest international level, FIBA Euroleague, helping Dynamo Kursk rank as one of the strongest teams in Europe.
Baton Rouge born and raised, Seimone Augustus stayed true to her roots by signing to Louisiana State University. In her four years as a Tiger, the LSU Women's Basketball program finished with a 121-19 (.864) record. By her senior year, she led the nation in scoring (22.7 ppg) in 2006, was a two-time Consensus National Player of the Year, 2006 two-time Roy F. Kramer SEC Female Athlete of the Year, three-time NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player, and 2003 USBWA and Basketball Times National Freshman of the Year. In the SEC, she was named three-time All First Team, four-time All-Tournament Team, 2003 All-SEC second team, SEC Freshman of the Year, and All-Freshmen Team all while bringing the Tigers to three consecutive NCAA Final Fours. Seimone's jersey, #33, was ceremonially retired on January 9, 2010 and hangs for all to see in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. HONORS—Wade Trophy, 2005,2006; Naismith Player of the Year, 2005, 2006; Wooden Award, 2006, 2006; Honda Sports Award for Basketball, 2005, 2006; SEC Player of the Year, 2005, 2006
Before beginning high school, Sports Illustrated for Women featured Seimone Augusts headlining "Is she the next Michael Jordan?" She went on to play basketball at Capitol High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, during which she was named an Inaugural McDonald's All-American. Also recognized as a WBCA All-American, Seimone scored 14 points in the 2002 WBCA High School All-America Game, earning the game MVP. Later named to the 2001 All-USA third team, 2002 USA Today All-USA first team, 2002 Parade Magazine All-American first team, and a two-time Gatorade Louisiana State Player of the Year, Seimone championed her high school to back to back state titles before graduating 3rd in her class with honors.