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Candace Parker

Parker warming up before a game
No. 3 – Los Angeles Sparks
Position Power forward / Center
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1986-04-19) April 19, 1986 (age 30)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Naperville Central (Naperville, Illinois)
College Tennessee (2004–2008)
WNBA draft 2008 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks
Playing career 2008–present
Career history
2008–present Los Angeles Sparks
2010–2015 UMMC Ekaterinburg
2016 Guangdong Dolphins
2016–present Xinjiang Tianshan Deers
Career highlights and awards

WNBA champion (2016)
WNBA Finals MVP (2016)
2× WNBA MVP (2008, 2013)
WNBA Rookie of the Year (2008)
WNBA All-Rookie Team (2008)
4× All-WNBA First Team (2008, 2012–2014)
2× All-WNBA Second Team (2009, 2015)
2× WNBA All-Defensive Second Team (2009, 2012)
3× WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014)
WNBA All-Star MVP (2013)
2× WNBA rebounding leader (2008, 2009)
2× WNBA Peak Performer (2008, 2009)
WNBA Top 20@20 (2016)
AP Female Athlete of the Year (2008)
USBWA College Player of the Year (2007, 2008)
Naismith College Player of the Year (2008)
John R. Wooden Award (2007, 2008)
Wade Trophy (2007)
Honda-Broderick Cup (2008)
5× Russian National League champion (2011–2015)
4× Russian Cup winner (2011–2014)
EuroLeague champion (2013)

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You want your coach's blessing.
Today I know that there is still work to be done, but along the way my I am achieving my dreams.
Candace Parker
I don't think I would take the game with the same mentality that I do now if I hadn't been injured.
Candace Parker
Today I know that there is still work to be done, but along the way my I am achieving my dreams.
Candace Parker
My baby is the joy in my life.
I wouldn't mind being the female MJ. I want to have major crossover appeal.
Candace Parker
My whole career has been trying to please people in basketball. Now it's time to please myself.
Candace Parker
For me, family has always come first.
The Sparks have always been committed to success and making the right moves to build upon their rich tradition in the WNBA.
Candace Parker
From my first dunk at 14 years old to my second NCAA Championship at the University of Tennessee, my intense training with my dad was always to credit.
Candace Parker
Male athletes don't get dropped when they father kids.
What's so special about this team is that we all have the same mentality, this sort of, 'We've been knocked down, let's get back up' mentality.
Candace Parker
So you have to take the good with the bad.
I look at it this way: the WNBA is 13 years young. I think eventually women will get to that point, maybe in my daughter's generation, where their salaries will be similar to men's. But we're still starting off, like, where the NBA was back in the 1950s.
Candace Parker
You're measured by championships no matter what.
I know Penny Toler and coach Ross have worked hard to put together a strong team this year, and I am ready to start the season with my teammates.
Candace Parker
My dad was my first coach and drove me extremely hard from a very young age.
Candace Parker
I'm very stubborn. I feel like I'm going to play this season.
On my best days, such as when I was a junior in high school coming off a 42-point performance and near triple-double, my dad was there to tell me I haven't arrived yet and bring me back to reality.
Candace Parker
It will be exciting to have my child share my career and to remember what I was like when I was young.
Candace Parker
I think it's great that young girls have the WNBA to look up to now.