Candace Parker

Position: Guard / Forward / Center
Height: 6'4' / 190 cms.
Weight: 172 lbs. / 78 kgs.
WNBA Team: Los Angeles Sparks
School: University of Tennessee '08
Twitter: @Candace_Parker

USA Basketball Notes:

  • Gold Medals: 2008 & 2012 Olympics, 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational, 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament, 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, 2006 Opals World Challenge, 2004 Junior World Championship Qualifying Tournament (U18).
  • Bronze Medal: 2006 FIBA World Championship.
  • Honors: 2008 FIBA Diamond Ball All-Tournament Team, 2006 Opals World Challenge All-Tournament Team.
  • Played on a pair of USA junior teams in 2003 and 2004
    before being called up to the USA National Team for the April 2006 Opals World Challenge. Since then, she has helped the USA earn a pair of Olympic gold medals, the 2006 FIBA World Championship bronze and 2007 FIBA Americas Championship gold medal while tallying a 29-1 record; also helped the USA roll up a 18-1 exhibition slate during her time on the national team.
  • Participated in the 2013 USA National Team mini-camp Oct. 4-6 in Las Vegas.
  • At the 2012 Olympics, ranked fourth among all competitors in the 12-team field for rebounds (7.8 rpg.) and posted team-highs of 21 points and 11 rebuonds in the gold medal victory over France.
  • Owns the U.S. Olympic single-game record for blocked shots with four against Angola in 2012, and her 10 blocked shots during the 2012 Olympic Games ranks third among all-time U.S. Olympians for a single competition.
  • Currently ranks eighth all-time among U.S. Olympic career record holders for points (159), fifth for rebounds (98), second for blocked shots (14) and 10th for field goal percentage (.614) through two Olympiads.
  • Youngest member and only collegiate player on the 2006 USA World Championship Team; eclipsed three-time Olympian Katrina McClain's all-time USA World Championship record for blocked shots with 14 (was 11).
  • The youngest member and one of just three returning collegians named to the 2006 USA National Team that won the Australia-hosted 2006 Opals World Challenge; finished as the USA's leading scorer (18.0 ppg.).
  • Member of the 2004 USA Junior World Championship Qualifying Team (U18) that went 5-0 and captured the gold medal in Puerto Rico.
  • Member of the 2003 USA Youth Development Festival North Team that went 1-4 and finished in fourth place

Professional Notes:

  • Drafted: No. 1 in 2008 by the Los Angeles Sparks.
  • WNBA MVP: 2008, 2013.
  • All-WNBA first team: 2008, 2012, 2013.
  • All-WNBA second team: 2009.
  • WNBA All-Defensive second team: 2012.
  • WNBA All-Star Game: 2011 (injured), 2013.
  • WNBA Rookie of the Year: 2008
  • WNBA All-Rookie Team: 2008
  • EuroLeague Title: 2013.
  • EuroLeage Final Eight MVP: 2013.
  • Averaged 17.9 ppg. and 8.7 rpg. in leading the Sparks in 2013 to a 24-10 record and the WNBA playoffs.
  • Competed four years (2009-10 to 2012-13) for UMMC  Ekaterinburg (Russia), where she helped lead Ekat to four EuroLeague Final Four finishes and the 2013 title.
  • Missed 15 games of the 2011 season after being sidelined by a right knee injury on June 26; played in 10 games in 2010 before dislocating her left shoulder on June 13 and was out for the remainder of the season.
  • Helped LA clinch a 2009 playoff spot with an 18-16 record, averaged a league-best 9.8 rpg. in 25 games after giving birth to her daughter on May 13.
  • Garnered all 45 votes for 2008 WNBA Rookie of the Year honors after leading the league in double-doubles (17).
  • Led all 2008 WNBA competitors in rebounds, ranked fourth in points and second in blocks.
  • Recorded the best rookie debut in WNBA history; posted 34 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
  • On May 29 against the Indiana Fever tallied the first "5x5" performance in league history with 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and five steals.

Collegiate Notes:

  • During her three-year collegiate career, led Tennessee to a 101-10 record (.910), two Southeastern Conference Tournament titles (2006, 2008), one SEC regular season crown (2007), three NCAA Tournaments, a pair of NCAA  titles (2007, 2008) and the 2006 Elite Eight.
  • National Player of the Year (2008) including: Naismith Award, John R. Wooden Award, Sports Illustrated and ESPN.
  • Honda Award and USBWA Player of the Year (2007 2008).
  • Sports Illustrated, Associated Press and John R. Wooden All-America Team (2008).
  • Became the fourth player in NCAA Tournament history to be named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player twice (2007 and 2008), also was NCAA Regional MOP (2007, 2008).
  • CoSIDA Academic Athlete of the Year (2008).
  • The youngest woman ever to earn the Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Player of the Year awards (2007).
  • SEC Player of the Year (2007), All-SEC first team (2006, 2007, 2008), SEC Tournament MVP (2006, 2008), SEC Rookie of the Year (2006).
  • Missed the 2004-05 season recovering from a pair of knee surgeries.

Personal Notes:

  • Born on April 19, 1986, in St. Louis, Mo., hails from Naperville, Ill.
  • Married to former NBA player Shelden Williams, a 2005 USA World University Games Team gold medalist; gave birth to the couple’s first child, 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 and Gatorade National Prep Player of the Year (2003 and 2004) and a two-time USA Today's National High School Player of the Year (2003 and 2004).
  • A three-time Gatorade Illinois State Player of the Year (2002, 2003 and 2004) and three-time Ms. Illinois Basketball (2002, 2003, 2004).
  • Earned a spot on her school's High Honor Roll every semester in high school.
  • Graduated in May 2008 with a major in sport management and a minor in psychology from UT.
  • Worked with community service organizations such as D.A.R.E, Loaves & Fishes and the Ronald McDonald House.
USA Basketball Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2012 OLY 8/3 38-75 .507 0-0 .--- 8-14 .571
62/7.8
84/10.5
16
10
4
2012 OLYx 5/5 19-41 .463 0-0 .--- 6-7 .857
34/6.8
44/8.8
7
4
7
2009 UMMC
1/ 1
3- 4
.750
0- 0
.---
2- 3
.667
3/ 3.0
8/ 8.0
1
0
0
2008 OLY
8/ 0
27- 44
.614
0- 1
.000
21- 31
.677
36/ 4.5
75/ 9.4
6
4
7
2008 OLYX
3/ 0
10- 16
.625
0- 0
.---
12- 13
.923
14/ 4.7
32/ 10.7
1
0
5
2007 TOA
5/ 5
29- 47
.617
0- 2
.000
11- 16
.688
20/ 4.0
69/ 13.8
4
4
12
2007 WNT
2/ 2
13- 24
.542
0- 0
.---
5- 6
.833
7/ 3.5
31/ 15.5
2
2
5
2006 WC
9/ 0
42- 72
.583
0- 0
.---
31- 47
.660
55/ 6.1
115/ 12.8
11
14
8
2006 WCX
1/ 0
0- 6
.---
0- 0
.---
1- 2
.500
5/ 5.0
1/ 1.0
0
3
0
2006 OWC
5/ 0
40- 58
.690
0- 0
.---
10- 20
.500
42/ 8.4
90/ 18.0
10
7
7
2004 JWCQ
5/ 5
34- 54
.630
1- 6
.167
14- 21
.667
44/ 8.8
83/ 16.6
24
12
17
2003 DF-N
4/ 4
19- 63
.302
1- 8
.125
24- 32
.750
43/ 10.8
63/ 15.8
8
9
4
Totals
56/25
274- 504
.544
2- 17
.118
145- 212
.684
365/ 6.5
695/ 12.4
90
69
76

WNBA Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2013
31/ 31
208- 422
.493
9- 35
.257
131- 172
.762
269/ 8.7
556/ 17.9
117
57
40
2012
33/33
228-474
.481
19-59
.322
98-138
.710
320/ 9.7
573/ 17.4
110
76
51
2011
17/16
116- 227
.511
18- 43
.419
64- 87
.736
146/ 8.6
314/ 18.5
47
27
21
2010
10/10
81- 162
.500
3- 12
.250
41- 56
.732
101/ 10.1
206/ 20.6
22
22
10
2009
25/24
131- 270
.485
5- 24
.208
61- 80
.763
244/ 9.8
328/ 13.1
64
53
15
2008
33/33
231- 442
.523
11- 26
.423
137- 187
.733
313/ 9.5
610/ 18.5
113
75
42
Totals
149/147
995-1997
.498
65-199
.327
532-720
.739
1393/ 9.3
2587/ 17.4
473
310
179

College Statistics
YEAR G/S FGM-FGA PCT 3PM-3PA PCT FTM-FTA PCT
REB/AVG
PTS/AVG
AST
BLK
STL
2008
38/ 37
300- 560
.536
8- 30
.267
201- 288
.698
322/ 8.5
809/ 21.3
96
90
88
2007
36/ 36
267- 505
.529
6- 18
.333
166- 233
.712
352/ 9.8
706/ 19.6
88
99
64
2006
36/ 36
230- 417
.552
3- 12
.250
159- 218
.729
298/ 8.3
622/ 17.3
103
86
56
2005
DNP -- Injured
Totals
110/109
797-1482
.538
17- 60
.283
526- 738
.713
972/ 8.8
2137/ 19.4
287
275
208