Candace Parker ● 6 - foot - 4 ● F/C/G

Bio:
London will be an opportunity for Parker to show off her otherworldly talents to, well, the rest of the world. The current frontrunner for 2012 WNBA MVP comes into the Olympics in great form. The 6-foot-4 Tennessee product will start at forward – despite being able to play any position on the floor – and will present a matchup problem for each and every team the U.S. plays. In five exhibition games, she has led the team in rebounding with 6.8 per game.

For the Los Angeles Sparks this year, Parker – finally healthy – is having one of the best seasons of her career, already having played more games this year than each of the last two seasons. She is averaging a double-double and has churned out a series of vintage performances, like her 33-point, 16-rebound, seven-assist effort against Connecticut on June 13. Parker is back to full strength and that’s bad news for the rest of the world – for the ones seeking a women’s basketball Gold Medal at least.

National Team Experience:
Gold Medals: 2008 Olympics, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2006 Opals World Challenge, 2004 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament (FIBA Americas U18 Championship).

Bronze Medals: 2006 FIBA World Championship. Honors: Named to the 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball All-Tournament Team; named to the 2006 Opals World Challenge All-Tournament Team.

WNBA Team:
Los Angeles Sparks

Role on National Team:
Starting forward, Will do a little bit of everything

Quote:
On if she is excited to get to London? "I’m very excited. The craziness is going to happen over the next few days where we have stuff other than basketball dealing with the Olympics, but it’s a really good feeling to be so close."

2012 Stats:

MinutesPointsReboundsAssistsBlocks
WNBA31.919.0 10.2 2.9 2.6
Exhibition19.68.8 6.8 1.40.8

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