The 13-year vet is moving on from the W.
On Monday morning, veteran forward Monique Currie announced her retirement from the WNBA in a heartfelt Instagram post — and on her 36th birthday.
After 13 years in the league, Currie is moving on from the game of basketball and moving to Portland to work at Nike’s headquarters, something that’s a “dream come true” for her.
Currie’s career comes to a close after nearly a decade and a half, most of which was spent in a Washington Mystics uniform. Drafted third overall by the Charlotte Sting back in 2006, the Duke Blue Devil went on to average 10.3 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.8 assists in 411 games.
Currie’s 29.3 won shares rank 46th in the history of the WNBA.
After a season in Charlotte, the team folded, leading to Currie’s selection by the Chicago Sky in the 2007 WNBA Dispersal Draft. However, after just two games, the Sky traded her to Washington, where she spent the next eight seasons.
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In 2018, Currie landed back in Washington, which turned out to be a fitting way to end her WNBA journey. The D.C. native grew up in the area and went to high school at Potomac, Maryland’s Bullis School, so finishing her basketball career in the place she called home was perfect. In her final year in D.C., she averaged 6.6 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. Her defense never faltered, either — per Synergy, she finished with the lowest defensive points per possession of any WNBA player, minimum 100 possessions, at 0.538 per possession.
Her solid play off the bench helped the Mystics reach the 2018 playoffs — her fifth appearance with Washington and seventh overall — as the team went on to the Finals before losing to the Seattle Storm.
It’s been a fantastic ride for Monique Currie, a player who has personified professionalism, toughness, and leadership for so many years. She has nothing left to prove in this league, and that’s something that should be celebrated.
As for the rest of us? We will miss her.
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