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Candice Dupree's Bio

About Candice Dupree

Position: Forward

WNBA Years: 12

Height: 6-2

Weight: 178

Born: August 16, 1984 in Midwest City, Okla.

High School: Paul R. Wharton (Tampa, Fla.)

College: Temple ’06

Drafted: By Chicago, first round, 2006 WNBA Draft (6th overall)

Acquired: From Phoenix, with a 2017 second-round draft pick, as part of a three-team trade; Indiana sent Lynetta Kizer and first-round draft pick to Connecticut

 

  • 12-year WNBA veteran and former No. 6 draft pick (first player chosen in Chicago Sky history)
  • Ranks 9th in WNBA career rebounds and 10th in points
  • Has scored more 2-point field goals (2,280) than any player in league history
  • WNBA Champion in 2014 with Phoenix
  • Six-time WNBA All-Star
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team in 2006
  • 64 career double-doubles, 12 consecutive seasons of double-figure scoring average, played 32 or more games in 11 of 12 WNBA seasons

 

An accomplished pro in the WNBA, overseas and in international competition, Candice Dupree played her first season in Indiana in 2017 following a three-team trade involving Phoenix and Connecticut…following Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas and Tangela Smith, Dupree is the fourth player ever to represent the Fever with more than 5,000 points during their WNBA career…she is 398 points shy of becoming the eighth player in league history with 6,000 career points.

Dupree ranks ninth among all-time rebounders (2,569) in the WNBA and is 10th on the WNBA’s career scoring chart (5,602)…she boasts more 2-point FG’s (2,280) than any player in league history, passing Lisa Leslie (2,210) last season…her 50.2 career field goal percentage is 18th in WNBA history…Dupree is a six-time WNBA All-Star (2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016)…she was a member of the All-Rookie Team in 2006, and she has received Western Conference Player of the Week honors four times.

She is regarded as an active, athletic rebounder and defender, boasting 64 career double-doubles including a franchise-record 32 career double-doubles with Phoenix…she owns 26 career games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds…she set a Mercury record with 10 double-doubles during 2011, and another record with four consecutive from June 10-21, 2011…her 34 double-digit rebounding games with Phoenix are the most in franchise history…she holds three of the top four single-game rebounding efforts in Mercury history, including a record 19 rebounds on Sept. 3, 2011…she has averaged double-figure scoring through each of 12 seasons, and boasts career averages of 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

Drafted by Chicago in 2006, she started all but one contest with the Sky through four seasons before being dealt to Phoenix in a three-team trade on March 30, 2010…her 66.4 percent shooting in 2010 was a Phoenix franchise record for a season…her career shooting percentage in the postseason (.569) is seventh in league history…she shot 9-of-9 on June 12, 2010 to set the Mercury record for most shots made without a miss, and her 14 consecutive field goals made from June 10-12, 2010, tied the second-best mark in WNBA history.

Defensively, she averages just shy of one steal (0.9) and one blocked shot (0.7) per game in her WNBA career…durability has long been a Dupree characteristic, including at least 33 starts in six of the past eight seasons…she has played 32 or more games in 11 of her 12 WNBA seasons…in all, Dupree has started 376 of 380 games since her arrival in the league in 2006…she started 151 consecutive games from 8/5/07 to 6/17/12, the ninth-longest streak in league history…the final 77 games of that streak stand as the fifth-longest streak in Phoenix history…she started every game of the Mercury’s championship season of 2014, and helped lead Phoenix to at least the conference finals or WNBA semifinals in each of six playoff appearances…in six playoff seasons with the Mercury, she was a 56.9 percent shooter while averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Noting international and overseas experience, Dupree was a finalist for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Team…she is a two-time gold medalist with USA world championship teams in 2010 and 2014…playing overseas in Poland, Slovakia, Russia and China, she was named the top power forward in Europe in 2011 by EuroBasket.com, and the EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.

Dupree starred at Temple under coach Dawn Staley, and joined Staley in 2006 as the only coach-player duo ever to compete against each other in the WNBA, prior to Staley’s retirement from playing after the 2006 season.

Her smooth, efficient game is often compared to that of Tim Duncan….as a longtime Indiana opponent, she owns two of the  top seven opponent rebounding marks against the Fever…she posted a career-high 20 boards at Chicago (8/7/07) and 18 at Phoenix (6/19/11)…she owns four career double-double games against the Fever, and added four with the Fever in 2017.

Dupree was married Nov. 4, 2016, to former Mercury teammate DeWanna Bonner…the couple gave birth to twin girls on July 27, 2017 with Dupree scoring 14 points at Bankers Life Fieldhouse the following day against New York, then missing her ony game of the season, 7/30, at Connecticut…she plays alongside Fever teammate and sister-in-law Erica McCall, who is Bonner’s younger half-sister.

PRO-WNBA

2017: In her first year with Indiana, Dupree played and started in 33 games, missing only one contest to be with family following the birth of her twin girls…she led the Fever with 15.0 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, shooting 49.4 percent from the floor…she contributed four double-doubles and scored in double digits 29 times…season-high 31 points came on 15-of-21 shooting in an upset win over Minnesota, 8/6…she had a season-high 13 rebounds while adding 19 points in the season finale vs. San Antonio, 9/2…she represented the Fever in the WNBA All-Star Game played in Seattle.

2016: Dupree started and played in 32 regular season games for Phoenix, averaging 11.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game…she shot 54.1 percent from the floor to mark her fourth straight season above 50 percent shooting, and the sixth in seven years…she finished ninth in the WNBA in FG percentage…she reached double-figure scoring 18 times to move into 15th place among the league’s all-time scoring leaders…she moved into 11th place among WNBA career rebounders…she posted season highs with 26 points at New York, 6/26, and 10 rebounds at Connecticut, 9/2.

2015: Selected as a starter for the WNBA All-Star Game, it marked Dupree’s fifth All-Star appearance overall and her first as a starter…she averaged 14.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, and finished the season ranked sixth in the WNBA in field goal percentage (51.2%) and minute per game (31.2)…she scored in double figures 26 times and finished with six games of 20+ points…Dupree netted a season-high 27 points in a win at Atlanta, 8/2…she made a season-high 10 field goals two days later against Tulsa, 8/4…it was her only season with the Mercury without at least one double-double…she recorded over 1,000 minutes of playing time for the ninth time in her career.

2014: During the Mercury’s championship season, Dupree started all 34 regular season games, with averages of 14.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game…she also dished a career-best 80 assists…she finished the season ranked sixth in the WNBA in field goals made (210), eighth in FG percentage (53.3%) and ninth in minutes played (1062)…she scored in double-digits on 25 occasions, including 20 straight from June 7 to July 31…she scored a season-high 26 points twice, with 12 field goals made in each game: at San Antonio, 6/7, and vs. Chicago, 7/2…her field goal percentage was the second-best of her career…she recorded eight double-doubles tied teammate Brittney Griner for 10th in the WNBA…she scored 18 or more points 13 times overall, with a streak of five straight from June 7-18…she was named to her fourth All-Star Game appearance.

2013: Dupree played and started in 32 games for the Mercury, posting a 15.2-point scoring average, one of four seasons with an average of 15 points or more…she scored in double figures in 29 of 32 games, including a streak of 23 in-a-row from June 27 to Sept. 11…it was the second-longest streak of her career and the third-longest in the WNBA in 2013…she averaged 6.4 rebounds overall…she averaged 16.1 points and 6.5 boards over her final 24 games…Dupree shot better than 60 percent 11 times, and finished the year at 51.5 percent from the floor…her 89.7 percent clip from the foul stripe was sixth-best in the WNBA…she had a pair of 20-point, 10-rebound efforts and four double-doubles, the most of any Phoenix player…she was suspended one game, 6/14, for making contact with a game official during a win over Indiana, 6/8.

2012: Despite entering the season with just one game missed in her career, Dupree missed 21 games due to a left knee injuiry…she missed 21 of the team’s last 25 games, after previously missing just one of 212 games to begin her career…before the injury, she reached double-figure scoring in eight straight games to start the season, including a 31-point effort at Tulsa, 5/22…it was the second 30+ scoring performance of her career…she finished her shortened season with averages of 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds.

2011: Dupree was the only Mercury player to start all 34 games, finishing the season with the 10th longest streak of consecutive starts (142) in WNBA history, then the longest active streak in the league…she ranked fifth in the league with a franchise-record 8.2 rebounds per game, and 13th in the WNBA with 14.6 points per game…she ranked second in the league while shooting 54.8 percent from the field…she led Phoenix in minutes played (1,075), field goal percentage and rebounding…she shot at least 60 percent from the field 14 times…she surpassed the 3,000-point plateau for her career on Aug. 23, and on Sept. 8 became the 19th player in WNBA history with 3,000 career points and 1,500 career rebounds…she posted four consecutive double-double efforts (June 10-21) to match the longest streak in Mercury history…she scored a season-high 27 points at Washington, 8/28, and pulled down a franchise-record 19 rebounds against LA, 9/3…she had 22 points to go with 19 boards in the game against LA, and had another game with 21 points and 18 rebounds, 6/19 against Indiana…her 279 total rebounds set a new Phoenix single-season mark, and her 11 games with double-digit rebounds set another Phoenix record.

2010: Dupree started all 34 games in her first season with the Mercury, averaging 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game…she ranked second in the WNBA with a career-high 93.6 percent free throw clip…she was seventh in the WNBA in rebounding and 12th in scoring…she set a Mercury record with a 66.4 percent shooting clip for the season, leading the WNBA with the second-best figure in league history…she made 14 consecutive field goals from June 10-12, tying the second-longest streak in WNBA history…she recorded team highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Los Angeles, 5/15, in her Phoenix debut…she set a franchise record for the most field goals made in a game without a miss (9-of-9) vs. Tulsa, 6/12…she shot better than 80 percent from the field in eight games…in July alone, she averaged 22.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 69.7 percent (85-of-122) and recording three double-doubles…she was named Western Conference player of the week after a season-high 25 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against LA, 7/6…the 1,000th rebound of her career pushed her over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, 5/25 at Tulsa.

2009: Dupree earned her third All-Star nod while averaging 15.7 points and 7.9 rebounds with Chicago…starting all 34 games for the Sky, she finished third in the WNBA in rebounding, 11th in scoring and second in minutes (34.9)…she netted a career-high 24 3-pointers (24-of-62, 38.7%), but has never made more than one in any other season…she registered a season-high 28 points at Seattle, 7/12…she reached 20 points on 11 occasions, and double-figure rebounds also 11 times…her nine double-doubles ranked third in the WNBA.

2008: In 34 starts for the Sky, Dupree posted 16.3 points per game and 7.9 rebounds per game…her 270 total rebounds were the most of her career…she ranked 11th in the WNBA in scoring and third in rebounding…she was fifth in the league with 45 total blocked shots, and ninth with 1.3 blocks per game…she scored a season-high 28 points on two occasions: at Phoenix, 6/20 and at Houston, 7/26.

2007: An All-Star reserve for the second straight season, she appeared in and started 33 games for the Sky…her 16.5-point scoring average was the best of her career, and 11th in the WNBA…she grabbed 7.7 rebounds per contest including a Sky record 20 against Indiana, 8/7…she had a season-high 29 points vs. Connecticut, 5/31…she was named Eastern Conference player off the week, 6/17.

2006: In her first pro season, Dupree was a member of the WNBA All-Rookie Team and earned her first All-Star appearance…chosen with the sixth pick in the WNBA Draft, she averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 points per game for Chicago…she played in all 34 games, starting 31…she posted a season-high 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting against Indiana, 7/30…she eclipsed 20 points on five occasions, three times against New York and twice against the Fever…she finished her first pro season with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, 8/13…she posted two double-doubles as a rookie, including 12 points and a season-high 12 rebounds vs. Seattle, 6/15.

PLAYOFFS

Dupree helped lead Phoenix to at least the conference finals or WNBA semifinals in each of six playoff appearances…in six playoff seasons with the Mercury, she was a 56.9 percent shooter while averaging 14.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game…her postseason shooting percentage of 56.9 percent is 7th in WNBA history…her career scoring high in the postseason came in her 2010 playoff debut against San Antonio, 8/26, netting 32 points on 12-of-17 shooting.

2016: Dupree had 5-game playoff averages of 9.6 points and 3.8 rebounds while helping lead No. 8-seed Phoenix past No. 5 Indiana and No. 3 New York in first- and second-round upsets…Phoenix fell to top-seeded Minnesota, 3-0, in the WNBA Semifinals…her high scoring game was 14 points in a second-round win at New York, 9/24.

2015: Dupree averaged 11 points and 45.2 percent shooting in four playoff games for Phoenix…Phoenix dispatched Tulsa 2-0 in the West semifinals before falling 2-0 to Minnesota in the West finals…she posted a season-high 16 points in a Game 2 loss to the Lynx, 9/27, in Phoenix.

2014: Helping Phoenix to a WNBA championship, Dupree averaged 16.4 points on 66.3 percent shooting in eight Mercury playoff games…she pulled down 5.5 caroms per game in the Mercury’s playoff run…she shot 74.4 percent (29-of-39) while averaging 20.0 points in three WNBA Finals games against Chicago…her 13 FGs (13-of-17) in Game 1 at Chicago tied the second-most in a Finals game (14 by Nykesha Sales in 2004; 13 by Angel McCoughtry in 2010)…she had season highs of 26 points in Game 1 against Chicago, 9/7; and 24 points on 11 FGs (11-of-16) in the Game 3 clincher at Chicago, 9/12.

2013: Dupree averaged 15.0 points and 6.4 rebounds during a five-game playoff stint against Los Angeles and Minnesota…her scoring high was a 22-point performance in a Game 3 West Semifinals clincher at LA, 9/23.

2011: She contributed 15.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game during two Western Conference series against Seattle and Minnesota…Dupree scored a season-high 29 points in Game 2 of the West semis against Seattle, 9/17, and helped Phoenix advance with 20 points against the Storm in Game 3, 9/19.

2010: Phoenix swept San Antonio 2-0 in the West semis, then lost 0-2 to Seattle in the West finals…Dupree reached double-figure scoring in all four games and contributed 11 rebounds in Game 2 at San Antonio, 9/28, and Game 1 at Seattle…she poured in a career-high 32 points in her postseason debut against San Antonio, 8/26.

PRO-OVERSEAS:

Dupree is a three-time Euroleague Women All-Star (2011, 2010, 2009) and a starter in 2010 and 2011…Eurobasket.com tabbed her as the top power forward in EuroLeague in 2011.

2016-17: With USK Praha in Czech Republic, Dupree averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds in domestic league action…she averaged 10.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in EuroLeague play.

2015-16: She played in five games for USK Praha in the Czech League before breaking her finger and missing the remainder of the season…she averaged 12.6 points on 52.6 percent shooting and 4.2 rebounds per game.

2014-15: Dupree played 10 games with Zhejiang Far East in China, with averages of 18.5 points and 10.6 rebounds, before moving to Nadezhda Orenburg in the Russian League…she posted 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in domestic action, and 11.7 points with 6.1 boards in EuroLeague.

2013-14: In Russia with Dynamo Kursk, Dupree averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 rebounds in domestic action, and 14.4 points and 7.4 boards in EuroLeague.

2012-13: Dupree scored 12.1 points with 7.0 rebounds per contest with Spartak Moscow Region under coach Pokey Chatman…she averaged 14.6 points and 6.6 rebounds while helping Spartak to a fifth-place EuroLeague finish.

2011-12: Fifth in the Russian League with 15.0 points per game, Dupree helped Spartak Moscow Region to a sixth-place EuroLeague finish with 14.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.

2010-11: Playing for Good Angels in Kosice, Slovakia, she averaged a double-double with 15.4 points and 10.2 rebounds in 13 EuroLeague games…she was fourth in EuroLeague in rebounding and named the league’s top power forward by Eurobasket.com.

2009-10: Dupree was the top rebounder and shot blocker in EuroLeague, posting averages of 11.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game with Good Angels in Kosice, Slovakia…she was third in scoring with 18.9 points per game.

2008-09: Dupree played in Krakow, Poland with Wisla Can-Pack, averaging 12.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in the Polish League. She posted EuroLeague averages of 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

2007-08: Dupree averaged 12.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game in the Polish League, she scored 9.5 points and pulled down 6.3 caroms per contest with Wisla-Can Pack in Krakow.

2006-07: Dupree signed with NUR Kazan in the Russian Superleague, but left the club in November.

INTERNATIONAL

Dupree has been a two-time finalist for U.S. Olympic Women’s Basketball Teams (2012, 2016), and a two-time gold medalist with USA world championship teams (2010, 2014).

2016: She was a 2016 U.S. Olympic Team finalist.

2014: Duypree won a gold medal with Team USA at the FIBA World Championships for Women in Turkey, where she averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds.

2013: She participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.

2012: She was a 2012 U.S. Olympic Team finalist.

2010: A member of the 2010 USA World Championship Team that posted a 9-0 slate, captured the gold medal and qualified the U.S. for the 2012 Olympic Games, Dupree started five games and averaged a team-best 6.0 rpg…she shot a USA World Championship record 75.0 percent (39-52 FGs) from the field in fewer than 17 minutes a game…she helped the USA to a 3-1 pre-World Championship exhibition slate, including 13 points and eight boards as the USA National Team defeated the WNBA Stars, 99-72, in the “WNBA vs. USA Basketball: Stars at the Sun” game, 7/10.

2009: Dupree aided the USA to a 3-0 mark and the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational title.

2005: She was a member of the 2005 USA World University Games Team that claimed the gold medal with a perfect 7-0 record in Izmir, Turkey.

COLLEGE

Graduated from Temple University, where she played for WNBA great Dawn Staley. The two later became the only coach-player duo to compete against each other in the WNBA in 2006…as a senior, played in every game for the Owls, averaging 17.4 points and 8.0 rebounds…during her four years at Temple, the Owls posted an 87-37 record (.702), earned three Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament crowns and competed in three NCAA Tournaments…in the 2005, the Owls earned their first win in NCAA Tournament history…Dupree was a WBCA/State Farm Wade Trophy, John R. Wooden Award, Naismith Award and Senior C.L.A.S.S. Award finalist as a senior…she earned AP All-America  honors twice: third team (2006) and honorable mention (2005)…she was a two-time Atlantic 10 Player of the Year, Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year (2005, 2006)…she earned All-A10 honors and was named to the A10 All-Defensive Team from 2004-06…she was part of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2003, and the A-10 Tournament MVP in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

PERSONAL

Born Candice Joanna Dupree on Aug. 16, 1984, she hails from Tampa, Fla….she was married Nov. 4, 2016, to former Mercury teammate DeWanna Bonner…the couple gave birth to twin girls on July 27, 2017…she plays alongside Fever teammate and sister-in-law Erica McCall, who is Bonner’s younger half-sister…Dupree is the daughter of Patricia Mungenast and Toussaint Dupree…she has two sisters: Crystal, a twin, and Shayna, several years younger…both her mother and father are retired from the Air Force…she remains close to her mother, who she describes as her biggest inspiration and craziest fan…she plays the saxophone and has a dog named Little Bit, a Shihpoo (half schitzoo and half toy poodle)…one of the most interesting places she’s visited is Auschwitz, Poland, near where she played during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 winter seasons…she loves to shop for sneakers and owns a women’s clothing boutique in Tampa, Fla., she was named 2002 Federal Division and Tampa Tribune Player of the Year while at Wharton High School…Dupree was named all-state second team and All-Suncoast first team in 2002…she also played volleyball in high school, earning one district title.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS

(1) Drafted by the Chicago Sky with the sixth overall pick, first round, in the 2006 WNBA Draft, 4/5/06. (2) Traded by Chicago to Phoenix, 3/30/10, as part of a three-team trade with the Sky, Mercury and Liberty. (3) Signed contract extension with Phoenix, 9/21/13. (4) Signed contract extension with Phoenix, 8/17/14. (5) Acquired by Indiana in a three-team trade involving Phoenix and Connecticut, 2/21/17.

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