Stars' Becky Hammon to retire

Updated: July 24, 2014, 1:44 AM ET
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San Antonio Stars guard Becky Hammon announced Wednesday that she will retire at the end of the 2014 season.

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D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty ImagesBecky Hammon is the WNBA's all-time leader in free throw percentage.

Hammon, a 16-year veteran, is the Stars' all-time leader in assists, points per game and 3-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 in a release. "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."

The six-time All-Star averaged 13.1 points a game.

Hammon ranks first in WNBA history in free throw percentage -- 86.9 percent, with a minimum of 300 attempts. She is second in 3-pointers made, with 817.

"Becky Hammon epitomizes what the WNBA is all about: she has truly shown the world what is possible," WNBA president Laurel J. Richie said in a statement. "Having gone undrafted in 1999, Becky was determined to make her dream of becoming a professional athlete come true. Hard work and talent got her noticed and earned her a roster spot, and she never looked back.

"In addition to all her accomplishments, Becky's feisty leadership and no-look passes have made her a fan favorite. We thank Becky for all her contributions to the growth of this wonderful game and we wish her all the best on her future endeavors."

The former Colorado State star signed with the New York Liberty after going unpicked in the 1999 WNBA Draft.

She helped guide New York to six playoff appearances, and with the Stars reached the finals only to fall to Detroit in 2008.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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