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Candace Parker's Bio

About Candace Parker

Candace Parker

WNBA CAREER CAPSULE
● WNBA Most Valuable Player (2008, 2013)
● WNBA Champion (2016)
● WNBA Finals Most Valuable Player (2016)
● 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)

2018 (Los Angeles): Earned her fifth WNBA All-Star selection and was named one of two All-Star game
captains. Parker also made second-team All WNBA after appearing in 31 games (30 starts) and posting
averages of 17.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 4.7 apg. She scored a season-high 34 points in a victory over the Las
Vegas Aces on 7/15, a game in which she tied her career high with five 3-pointers. Parker also tied a
career high in assists (11) on 6/15 in a victory over the Washington Mystics. Parker scored her 5,000th
career points in 2018.

2017 (Los Angeles): Played and started in 33 games… Averaged 30.5 mpg, 4.3 apg, 1.45 spg and 16.9
ppg… Recorded the league’s sixth triple-double @ San Antonio on 7/28… Earned her 1,000th career
assist vs. Atlanta on 9/1… Led the Sparks, averaging 8.4 rpg… Finished 5th in the league, averaging 1.7
bpg… Scored in double figures in in 31 of 33 games… Had 11 double-doubles on the season… Led the
team in scoring 10 times… Named Western Conference Player of the Week four times this season,
raising her career total to 22 Player of the Week awards in 10 seasons… Named Western Conference
Player of the Month for August.. Awarded 2017 ESPY for Best WNBA Player.

2016 (Los Angeles): Appeared in 34 games (all starts)… Averaged 15.3 ppg 7.4 rpg, 4.9 apg, 1.3 spg
and CAREER 0.9 bpg, while making 44.2 percent of her field goal attempts and 38.2 percent of her
three-pointers… Ranked ninth in the WNBA in points, third in assists, seventh in steals, seventh in total
rebounds, 10th in ppg, ninth in rpg, third in apg and 10th in spg… Named WNBA Player of the Week on
5/29 and 6/20… Scored 10 or more points on 25 occasions, 20 or more points 10 times, and 30 or more
points on two occasions… Recorded eight games of 10 or more rebounds… Recorded six
double-doubles on the year… Scored the 4,000th point of he career in the final game of the season vs.
San Antonio (9/16)… Grabbed the 2,000th rebound of her career at Seattle on 9/11… Recorded the
300th steal of her career at Phoenix on 8/28… Blocked the 400th shot of her career vs. New York on 7/3.

2015 (Los Angeles): Averaged 19.4 points, 10.1 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 1.9 steals and 1.8 blocked shots
in 16 regular season games played – single-season career-high in assists and steals per game… First
player in WNBA history to have recorded at least 10.0 rpg and 6.0 apg in a season… Only WNBA player
this season to average a double-double (19.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg)… Recorded 12 double-doubles – 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 (August 16 against Chicago)… Set a franchise record
for most steals (8) in a game (August 18 against Indiana)… Handed out a career-high 10 assists on
August 16 against Chicago… Scored a season-high 33 points on September 6 versus Tulsa… Missed the
first 16 games of the regular season to rest.
In the playoffs: Averaged 23.0 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.3 blocked shots in
three games played of the Western Conference Semifinals – playoff career-high in assists and steals per
game… Tallied a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds (9th career playoff double-double) on
September 20 in game two of the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota… Recorded a
double-double of 28 points and 13 rebounds (10th career playoff double-double) on September 22 in
game three of the Western Conference Semifinals against Minnesota.

2014 (Los Angeles): Started 29 of 30 games played…Posted team-high averages of 19.4 points, 4.3
assists, 1.80 steals, 1.37 blocks and 33.2 minutes per game…Tied for team lead with 7.1 rebounds per
game…Finished third in league in scoring average, fifth in assists per game, sixth in steals per game, fifth
in blocks per game and fourth in minutes per game…Posted double-double of 16 points and team-high 11
rebounds and added two assists and team-best two blocks in 33 minutes at Minnesota (8/12)…Posted 28
points, four rebounds, a career-high-tying nine assists and a team-high two blocks in 36 minutes versus
Tulsa (8/5)…Poured in a season-high 34 points (24 in the second half) (3-of-4 from three, 7-of-8 from free
throw line) and added four rebounds, one steal and a team-high two blocks in 34 minutes at Indiana
(7/15)…Recorded team-high-tying 35 minutes, 20 points and 11 rebounds and two steals and led team
with seven assists and four blocks versus Seattle (6/24)…In career-high-tying 48 minutes of June 1 loss
at Washington, scored a then season-high 32 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and added six assists and
career-high six steals.

2013 (Los Angeles): WNBA Most Valuable Player…Started all 31 games played…Averaged 17.9 points,
8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 28.7 minutes per game…Led the Sparks in points, rebounds and blocks
(57, 1.84 per game)…Finished sixth in the WNBA in scoring, seventh in rebounding, fourth in blocks,
twelfth in assists, and thirteenth in steals…Recorded eight double-doubles…Scored 20 or more points in
13 games, including a season-high 30 points in a win against Tulsa on July 11…Three time Western
Conference Player of the Week and July Player of the Month…Recorded the 13th 20-20 game in league
history with 27 points and a career-high 20 rebounds on June 1, including a franchise record 17 defensive
rebounds…Scored the game winning basket with 5.7 seconds in a double overtime win over Tulsa on
August 25, with a career-high nine assists, one shy of the WNBA’s fifth triple-double with 26 points and 11
rebounds…Received the second most fan votes to be named a starter in the WNBA All-Star game played
on July 27…Was named All-Star Game MVP after scoring a record 23 points with 11 rebounds…Set new
career-high in free throws made with 14 against Seattle on July 25…Finished fourth in the WNBA in total
points (556) and first in defensive rebounds per 40 minutes (10.1)…Started all three playoff games…Led
the WNBA in scoring with 25.7 points per game and sixth in rebounding with 8.7 per game…Recorded a
double-double with 31 points and 11 rebounds in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semi-finals against
Phoenix.

2012 (Los Angeles): Started all 33 games played…Averaged 17.4 points, 3.3 assists and 30.7 minutes
per game…Led the team in rebounds (9.7) and blocks (2.30) per game …Second on the team in scoring
and steals (1.55) and tied for second in assists…Led the league in blocks and defensive rebounds (7.2)
per game…Finished third in the WNBA in rebounding and seventh in scoring…Tied for first in
double-doubles among league leaders (18)…Named Western Conference Player of the Month for May,
June and July…Five time WNBA Player of the Week…Scored her 1500th career point against Minnesota
with 23 points (May 24, 2012)…Had a career-high nine blocks and tied a season-high in points with 33
against Tulsa on June 20…Set new career-highs in free throws made (12) and attempted (17) vs.
Minnesota on July 5…Member of USA’s gold medal Women’s Basketball team at the 2012 London
Olympics…Started all four playoff games…Averaged new postseason career-highs with 28.8 points, 11.0
rebounds and 4.3 assists through four games…Led the league in playoff scoring and
rebounding…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…Scoring
and rebounding averages led Sparks and would have both ranked fourth in the WNBA had she played the
minimum number of games…Suffered right knee injury June 26 at New York, sidelining her 15
contests…Returned from injury to earn fifth career WNBA Player of the Week award on Aug.
22…Season-high 32 points on Sept. 3 at Phoenix, one of 16 double-digit scoring efforts…Amassed six of
her 38 career double-doubles…Sparks leading scorer on 10 occasions and top rebounder 11
times…Selected as the Western Conference starting center for the 2011 WNBA All-Star Game, but
missed the contest in San Antonio…Currently playing with UMMC Ekaterinburg, her third season with the
Russian club.

2010 (Los Angeles): Played in 10 games before dislocating her left shoulder against the Minnesota
Lynx…At the time of her injury, Parker was averaging a career-high 20.6 points and 10.1 boards per
game…Team’s leading rebounder in each of those 10 contests, and leading scorer seven times.

2009 (Los Angeles): Missed the first month (nine games) of the 2009 WNBA 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 (9.8) and blocks per game (2.12)…Ranked
second in total blocks (53)…Twice named WNBA Player of the Week… Earned the WNBA Peak
Performer Award for rebounding…Selected to play for Team USA in the 2010 FIBA World
Championships, but missed competition due t aforementioned shoulder injury.

2008 (Los Angeles): No. 1 pick in the WNBA Draft…Posted 34 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in
her debut… Became the first player to earn WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year in the same season…
Named First Team All-WNBA and All-Rookie Team…Earn the May and July Rookie of the Month
awards…Led all rookies in scoring (18.5 ppg.), rebounding (9.5 rpg.), blocks (2.3 bpg.) and minutes (33.6
mpg.)…Led the league in double-doubles (17), rebounds per game and total rebounds (313)…Ranked
second in blocks and fifth in points…Became the second player to dunk during the regular season on
June 22 vs. Indiana…She would go on to dunk two nights later vs. Seattle on June 24…Earned a gold
medal while representing the United States at the Summer Olympics in Beijing.

College: Attended the University of Tennessee where she led the Lady Vols to consecutive NCAA
Championships (2007 and 2008)…Named the National Player of the Year in both of those seasons by
every major award committee…In 2006-07, she became the youngest woman ever to earn the State
Farm Wade Trophy Player of the Year…Two-time Final Four MVP…Also named a WBCA/Kodak
All-American as a redshirt freshman in 2005-06, in addition to Second Team AP All-America status…The
fastest UT player to reach 1,000 career points… As a freshman vs. Army, became the first female to dunk
in an NCAA Tournament game and the first woman to dunk twice in any game… Named the SEC
Freshman of the Year, a first-team All-SEC selection in 2005-06…Capped collegiate career with SEC
Player of the Year accolades in 2007-08…Earned SEC All-Academic honors. In 2004-05, Parker joined
teammate Alex Fuller as the first-ever redshirt freshmen in Lady Vol History while recovering from a pair
of surgeries as a prepster…she earned a spot on the Lady Vol Honor Roll and was named to the SEC
All-Academic Freshman Team.

Personal: Born on April 19, 1986, in St. Louis, Missouri, hails from Naperville, Illinois… 2005 USA World
University Games Team gold medalist; gave birth to Lailaa, on May 13, 2009… Daughter of Sara and
Larry Parker, has two older brothers, Anthony and Marcus… Brother Anthony, who played on the 1996
USA 22 And Under World Championship Qualifying Team that won a gold medal in Puerto Rico, is a
nine-year NBA and six-year European pro league veteran… Hopes to one day become a television
broadcaster/announcer and 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 in May 2008 with a major in sport management and a
minor in psychology from UT.

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