Lynx to retire Augustus & Brunson jersey numbers

The Minnesota Lynx announced they’ll retire the jersey numbers of Seimone Augustus and Rebekkah Brunson next season.

Brunson’s number 32 and Augustus’ number 33 will be the second and third numbers retired by the franchise, joining Lindsay Whalen’s number 13.

“It will be an amazing moment to have both Rebekkah Brunson and Seimone Augustus honored when we can share this experience with more fans next season,” said Minnesota Lynx Head Coach and General Manager Cheryl Reeve. “Both players were instrumental in the franchise’s historic run of four championships in seven seasons. I’m thrilled to know their numbers will soon join Lindsay’s in the rafters.”

The jersey retirement of record five-time WNBA champion and current Lynx Assistant Coach Brunson was previously announced to take place during the 2020 season but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 15-year veteran who appeared in eight WNBA Finals, won four of her five championships in a Lynx uniform. Brunson retired first on the WNBA all-time leaderboard in total rebounds with 3,356 before Sylvia Fowles (currently 3,469 boards) passed her during the 2020 season.

Augustus, selected by the Lynx first overall in the 2006 draft won all four of her WNBA championship titles with Minnesota. Within her 15 WNBA seasons, the eight-time all-star veteran spent 14 with the Lynx before she played her last season with the Los Angeles Sparks as a free agent in 2020 and announced retirement earlier this year.

Named Rookie of the Year in 2006, Augustus ranked first in scoring (744), field goals made (283) and free-throw percentage (89.7) among all WNBA rookies that year. Her 5,881 career points makes her Minnesota’s all-time scoring leader, a comfortable 897 points atop of Maya Moore in second. Augustus is also first on Minnesota’s franchise leaderboard in regular season games played (370), games started (365) and playing minutes (10,917).