Don’t Underestimate Israeli-American Basketball Star Alysha Clark

Last week, American Jews celebrated a major athletic achievement: Israeli-American Sue Bird won her fourth WNBA title with the Seattle Storm. But it wasn’t just Bird we had to celebrate; she helped power the Storm to victory alongside her teammate, Black Jewish starting forward Alysha Clark.

Bird has said teammate Clark is someone who does what no one else on their roster can do: “She has to guard the other team’s best player night in and night out but simultaneously, we count on her to score.” Bird called Clark the best defender in the WNBA, and coaches across the league agreed, voting her unanimously to the 2020 WNBA All-Defensive First Team. WNBA legend Diana Taurasi complemented Clark’s defensive presence, calling her “a little bodyguard” who follows her wherever she goes. And while being a defensive powerhouse, in 2020, Clark put forth her best offensive season while in the league. Case in point: She made over 50 percent of her three point shots and averaged scoring in double digits for the first time this year.

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