Iconic GIRL To Know: Candace Parker

In Iconic GIRLS on December 30, 2011 at 6:00 pm
Candace was selected as the 1st overall pick in 2008 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks on April 9, 2008. She immediately made her mark on the WNBA by recording the best rookie debut in league history (34 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists) in a victory against the defending champion Phoenix Mercury . Candace finished the year leading the WNBA in rebounds and double-doubles and averaged 18.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg while sharing the court with WNBA All-Stars Lisa Leslie and Delisha Milton-Jones.
At the end of the season, Candace earned both the 2008 WNBA Most Valuable Player award and the league’s Rookie of the Year award. Candace is the only player in the history of the WNBA to capture the league’s MVP award as a rookie.
During her rookie season, she also became the second player to dunk in a WNBA game and the first player in league history to dunk in multiple games.
Born on April 19, 1986, Candace is the youngest of Larry and Sara Parker’s three children. Her older brothers are Marcus and Anthony (Anthony currently plays in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers). Candace is married to NBA player and former Duke University All-American, Shelden Williams (who currently plays for the Denver Nuggets). They have one daughter, Lailaa Nicole Williams.
Current Sparks All-Star teammate Tina Thompson and former Lady Vol and current Indiana Fever All-Star Tamika Catchings are players Candace looks up to. She hopes to one day become a television broadcaster/announcer and lists ABC’s Robin Roberts and media mogul Oprah Winfrey as celebrities she admires.
Candace enjoys spending free time with her family and two dogs, cooking, watching football and her favorite TV show “The Game” and competing in just about everything. She also enjoys watching the show Yo Gabba Gabba with her daughter Lailaa.
Candace graduated from Tennessee with a major in Sports Management and a minor in Psychology. She has volunteered her time and support to D.A.R.E, Loaves & Fishes, PETA, the March of Dimes and the Ronald McDonald House.

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