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Candace Parker's Bio

About Candace Parker

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE

  • WNBA Most Valuable Player (2008, 2013)
  • WNBA Champion (2016)
  • WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2016)
  • ESPY for Best WNBA Player (2017)
  • WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018)
  • WNBA All-Star game MVP (2013)
  • All-WNBA First Team (2008, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017)
  • All-WNBA Second Team (2009, 2015, 2018)
  • WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2009, 2012)
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team (2008)
  • Olympic Gold Medalist (2008, 2012)
  • NCAA Champion (2007, 2008)
  • AP Female Athlete of the Year (2008)
  • Naismith College Player of the Year (2008)
  • John Wooden Award (2007, 2008)

2019 (Los Angeles): 

  • Named WNBA player of the week twice, for the weeks of Aug. 4 and Sept. 3, making her second All-Time in WNBA Player of the Week honors (26) behind Tina Charles (30)
  • Reached double-figures 13 times this season and posted four double-doubles
  • On Aug. 25, dished out five assists to put her at 1,209 career assists, becoming 15th all-time in the WNBA
  • Passed Taj McWilliams-Franklin for 15th all-time in field goals made in WNBA history on Aug. 29
  • Passed Swin Cash to earn 17th in All-Time Scoring with 5,123 career points on June 23
  • Started in all 22 appearances, missed 12 games due to injury
  • Averaged 42.2% from the field, 11.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.5 assists and one steal per game
  • Recorded her 18th career playoff double-double in Game 1 of the WNBA semifinals
  • Earned second all-time in playoff blocks (84), fifth all-time in playoff rebounds (426), tied for 13th all-time in playoff assists (165), seventh all-time in points (871) and 3rd in WNBA history for playoff steals (75) 

2018 (Los Angeles): 

  • Earned her fifth WNBA All-Star selection and was named one of two All-Star game captains
  • Made the All-WNBA Second Team after appearing in 31 games and starting 30
  • Averaged of 17.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game
  • Notched a season-high 34 points in a victory over the Las Vegas on July 15, a game in which she tied her career-high with five 3-pointers
  • Scored her 5,000th career points in 2018
  • Averaged 9.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game during the playoffs when the Sparks reached the second round

2017 (Los Angeles): 

  • Played and started in 33 games, averaging 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game
  • Recorded the league’s sixth triple-double against San Antonio on July 28
  • Earned her 1,000th career assist against Atlanta on Sept. 1
  • Finished fifth in the league in blocks, averaging 1.7 blocks per game
  • Registered double-figure performances in 31 of 33 games
  • Had 11 double-doubles on the season
  • Awarded 2017 ESPY for Best WNBA Player
  • Averaged 16.9 points, 9.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists during the playoffs, helping the Sparks reach back-to-back WNBA Finals

2016 (Los Angeles):

  • Appeared and started in all 34 games, averaging 15.3 points, 7.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game
  • Ranked ninth in the WNBA in points, third in assists, seventh in steals, seventh in total rebounds, and 10th in points per game
  • Turned in double-digit scoring games in 25 games, scored 20 or more in 10 games and 30 or more twice
  • Recorded eight games of 10 or more rebounds, which led to six double-doubles on the year
  • Scored the 4,000th point of he career in the final game of the season against San Antonio on Sept. 16
  • Grabbed the 2,000th rebound of her career against Seattle on Sept. 11
  • Recorded the 300th steal of her career against Phoenix on Aug, 28
  • Blocked the 400th shot of her career against New York on July 3
  • Averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game to help the Sparks win the WNBA title
  • Poured in 28 points and 12 rebounds in the Game 5 win 76-75 against Minnesota on Sept. 28
  • Named the WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player

2015 (Los Angeles): 

  • Averaged 19.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game in 16 regular season games played
  • First player in WNBA history to average at least 10.0 rebounds and 6.0 assists in a season
  • Only WNBA player this season to average a double-double
  • Recorded 12 double-doubles, which tied with forward/center Jantel Lavender for most in the WNBA this season
  • Only WNBA player this season to record at least 20 points and 10 assists in a game against Chicago on Aug. 16
  • Stole the ball eight times against Indiana on Aug. 18, which set a franchise record for most steals
  • Scored a season-high 33 points against Tulsa on Sept. 6
  • Missed the first 16 games of the regular season due to rest
  • Averaged 23.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocks during the playoffs
  • Tallied a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds for her ninth career playoff double-double on Sept. 20 in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota
  • Recorded a double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds for her 10th career playoff double-double on Sept. 22 in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota

2014 (Los Angeles): 

  • Started 29 of 30 games played and averaged 19.4 points, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals, 1.4 blocks
  • Finished third in league in scoring average, fifth in assists per game, sixth in steals per game and fifth in blocks per game
  • Poured in a season-high 34 points by scoring 24 in the second half against Indiana on July 15
  • Scored a then season-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds, added six assists and career-high six steals against Washington on June 1
  • Averaged 21.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in two playoff games against Phoenix

2013 (Los Angeles): 

  • Named the WNBA Most Valuable Player
  • Started all 31 games played and averaged 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists
  • Finished sixth in the WNBA in scoring, seventh in rebounding, fourth in blocks, twelfth in assists, and 13th in steals
  • Recorded eight double-doubles and scored 20 or more points in 13 games
  • Notched the 13th 20-20 game in league history with 27 points and a career-high 20 rebounds against San Antonio on June 1
  • Scored the game-winning basket with 5.7 seconds in a double overtime win over Tulsa on Aug. 25 and was one assist shy of the WNBA’s fifth triple-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists
  • Was named All-Star Game MVP after scoring a record 23 points with 11 rebounds
  • Averaged 25.7 points and 8.7 rebounds in three playoff games
  • Recorded a double-double with 31 points and 11 rebounds in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals against Phoenix

2012 (Los Angeles): 

  • Started all 33 games played and averaged 17.4 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists
  • Led the league in blocks and defensive rebounds per game
  • Finished third in the league in rebounding and seventh in scoring
  • Notched 18 double-doubles on the season, which tied for first in the league for double-doubles
  • Scored her 1,500th career point against Minnesota with 23 points on May 24
  • Had a career-high nine blocks and tied a season-high in points with 33 against Tulsa on June 20
  • Averaged new postseason career-highs 28.8 points, 11.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists through four games
  • Averaged a double-double with 29.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in the Western Conference Finals against Minnesota
  • Set playoff career-highs in points (33), field goals made (14), attempted (22) and three-point field goal attempts (6) in the Sparks 79-80 loss to Minnesota in the Western Conference Finals

2011 (Los Angeles):

  • Averaged 18.5 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 17 games played
  • Ranked fourth in the league in points and rebounds per game
  • Suffered right knee injury against New York on June 26, sidelining her 15 contests
  • Registered a season-high 32 points against Phoenix on Sept. 3
  • Amassed six of her 38 career double-doubles during the season
  • Selected as the Western Conference starting center for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, but missed the contest against San Antonio

2010 (Los Angeles):

  • Played in 10 games before dislocating her left shoulder against against Minnesota
  • Averaging a then career-high 20.6 points and 10.1 boards per game and led the team in rebounding in the 10 games

2009 (Los Angeles):

  • Missed the first nine games of the 2009 season following the birth of her first child, Lailaa
  • Named second team All-WNBA
  • Ranked second on team in scoring with 13.1 points per game
  • Led the league in rebounds per game at 9.8  and blocks per game at 2.1
  • Averaged 18.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game in six playoff games

2008 (Los Angeles):

  • Became the first player to earn WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season
  • Posted 34 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in her WNBA debut
  • Named to the All-WNBA First Team and All-Rookie Team
  • Averaged 18.5 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 blocks per game on the season
  • Led the league in double-doubles with 17 on the season
  • Became the second player to dunk during the regular season against Indiana on June 22
  • She went on to dunk two nights later against Seattle on June 24
  • Averaged 15 points per game, 9.8 rebounds per game, 3.8 assists and 2.1 blocks per game in six playoff games

Transactions:

  • Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the first round with the first overall pick of 2008 WNBA Draft

Overseas:

  • UMMC Ekaterinburg (2010-2015)
  • Guangdong Dolphins (2016)
  • Fenerbahçe Istanbul (2017)
  • Xinjiang Tianshan Deers (2017-2018)

International:

  • Averaged 16.6 points per game as a member of the USA Women’s U18 team which won gold at the FIBA Americas Championship in 2004
  • Earned gold at the USA World University Games Team in 2005
  • Played on Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and won her first gold medal
  • Played on Team USA in the 2012 London Olympics, leading the team in rebounds and blocks en route to another gold medal
  • Was not selected to play on Team USA for the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Invited to the 2017-2020 national team training camp, but Parker declined

College:

  • Led Tennessee to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 2007 and 2008
  • Earned the Final Four Most Valuable Player back-to-back years
  • Named the National Player of the Year in both of those seasons by every major award committee
  • Averaged 19.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.4 blocks per game during her four-year campaign
  • Redshirted her freshman year due to an ankle injury
  • Became the youngest woman ever to earn the State Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year during the 2016-2017 season
  • Became the fastest Tennessee player to reach 1,000 career points
  • Was the first female to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game against Army and was the first woman to dunk twice in any game

Personal:

  • Full name: Candace Nicole Parker
  • Born on April 19, 1986, in St. Louis, Missouri, hails from Naperville, Illinois
  • Gave birth to Lailaa, on May 13, 2009
  • Daughter of Sara and Larry Parker, has two older brothers, Anthony and Marcus
  • Hired by Turner Sports as an analyst for NBA on TNT and NBA TV
  • Lists ABC’s Robin Roberts and media mogul Oprah Winfrey as celebrities she admires
  • Attended Naperville Central High School (Ill.), where she was the Naismith, Gatorade and USA Today National Prep Player of the Year (2003 and 2004), a three-time Gatorade Illinois State Player of the Year (2002, 2003 and 2004)
  • Graduated from Tennessee in May 2008 with a major in sport management and a minor in psychology
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