Candace Parker

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Candace Parker
Candace Parker 2012.jpg
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–present Xinjiang Tianshan Deers
Career highlights and awards
Stats at WNBA.com

Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She is the younger sister of former NBA player Anthony Parker. Parker was the first overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. In high school, Parker won the 2003 and 2004 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards, becoming just the second junior and only female to receive the award twice.

A versatile player, she is mainly a forward, but was listed on Tennessee's roster as a forward, center, and guard.[1] She may be best known for being the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game and the first woman to dunk twice in a college game—she set both milestones as a redshirt freshman on March 19, 2006. She also became only the second player to dunk in a WNBA game on June 22, 2008.[2][3][4] Prior to her first WNBA game, Parker had signed long-term endorsement deals with Adidas and Gatorade.[5][6] She led the Lady Vols to back to back national championships, was named the Final Four's most outstanding player of both, and was a two-time consensus national player of the year.

Parker has won an WNBA championship (2016), two WNBA Most Valuable Player Awards (2008, 2013), WNBA Finals MVP Award (2016), WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2013), two Olympic gold medals, and the WNBA Rookie of the Year Award (2008). She has also been selected to six All-WNBA teams and three All-Star teams. Parker won the 2009 Teen Choice Awards as the favorite female athlete in the sports category, and was a guest star on various Nickelodeon Shows, such as Figure It Out and Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn. Parker became the first player to win the Rookie of the Year and the WNBA Most Valuable Player Award in the same season.

Early life[edit]

Parker was born on April 19, 1986 to Sara and Larry Parker in St. Louis, Missouri. She has two older brothers: Anthony Parker, who is a former NBA basketball player, and Marcus Parker, who is a doctor.[7]

Parker and her family moved to Naperville, Illinois at the age of two, where she spent her childhood and adolescent years before college.[8] Her whole family loved basketball, and she began playing at an early age. Her father played basketball at the University of Iowa in the 1970s. The Parker family were also huge Chicago Bulls fans. Candace was worried about playing basketball, fearing she would not live up to the level of play her father and brother demonstrated, so she focused on playing soccer. It wasn't until the eighth grade that her family convinced her to play basketball. Her father helped coach and critique her. Parker said of the experience, "He did things to make me mad, to challenge me, because I was so much more athletic and had so much more knowledge of the game than everyone else that sometimes I just coasted. If me and my dad went to a park and he didn't think I was practicing hard enough, he'd just get in the car and leave. And I'd have to run home. I mean run home. Once I figured that out, I'd always try to go to close-by-parks." [9]

High school career[edit]

Like her older brother Anthony Parker, she attended Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois in 2004. While in high school, Parker led her basketball team to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004, and compiled a school-record 2,768 points (22.9 points per game) and 1,592 rebounds (13.2 rebounds per game) while starting 119 of the 121 games in which she played.

She is the only two-time award winner of the USA Today High School Player of the Year, winning the award in 2003 and 2004. Parker also won the Naismith Prep Player of the Year Award and Gatorade Female Basketball Player of the Year Award in 2003 and 2004. In 2004 she was named Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, WBCA All-American and McDonald's All-American. She participated in the 2004 WCBA All-America Game where she scored 9 points.[10] She was also a consensus pick as player of the year in Illinois in 2002, 2003, and 2004, and was a four-year member of the All-State first team.

On December 27, 2001, Parker dunked for the first time in competition as a 15-year-old sophomore at Naperville Central High School, this is believed to be the first slam dunk by a female athlete in Illinois.

On July 11, 2003, Parker tore her ACL in her left knee in a summer league game. On November 11, Parker announced her commitment to Tennessee on ESPNEWS, becoming the first women's player to announce the oral commitment live on ESPNEWS. On December 29, Parker returned to action for Naperville Central and a few months later, led her team to its second consecutive state title.

On March 29, 2004, Parker won the slam dunk contest at McDonald's All-American Game, becoming the first female to win the event and beating the likes of Josh Smith and J. R. Smith.

In August 2004, Parker led the undefeated USA Junior World Championship team to a gold medal with 16.6 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. While training, Parker had a relapse of knee pain and was required to undergo surgery both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee.

College career[edit]

Redshirt Freshman Year[edit]

Parker entered the University of Tennessee in 2004. On February 17, 2005, Tennessee announced Parker would redshirt her first season due to a knee injury. She started for the Tennessee Lady Vols during the 2005-06 season. On March 19, 2006, in an NCAA tournament first round game against Army, she became the first woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, then became the first woman to dunk twice in an NCAA tournament game.[11]

She was the SEC Rookie of the Year (Coaches and AP) and helped the Lady Vols win the 2006 SEC tournament championship. With 17 seconds remaining in the SEC tournament championship game against LSU, Parker hit the game-winning shot. She was named tournament MVP and was named to the 2006 Kodak All-America team, making her one of the few to ever receive the award as a freshman. However, in the NCAA tournament regional finals against North Carolina, Parker got in early foul trouble and was out of the game for much of the first half, Tennessee ultimately lost the game.

Parker was the only college player named to the USA squad for the 2006 FIBA World Championship for Women in Brazil. The USA squad finished in third place.

Sophomore Year[edit]

On January 28, 2007, in an away game against Alabama, Parker scored her 1,000th career point as a sophomore, making her the fastest player in Lady Vol history to do so. She did it in 56 games, beating Chamique Holdsclaw's mark of 57 games and Tamika Catchings's of 58 games. On March 1, at the SEC tournament in Duluth, Georgia, Parker was named the 2007 SEC Player of the Year. On April 3, she led the Lady Vols to their first National Championship victory since 1998, beating Rutgers 59–46, Parker finished the game with 17 points and earned the tournament's Most Outstanding Player honor.

Junior Year[edit]

Parker (left) gets ready for the jump ball against Sylvia Fowles (right)

Parker announced on February 21, 2008, that she would forgo her final season of eligibility at Tennessee in order to focus on the 2008 Olympics and pursue a professional career in basketball. She graduated with her incoming class in May 2008.[12] A sports management major who had a 3.35 grade-point average as of December 2007, she was named University Division I Academic All-American of the Year in women's basketball for 2008 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.[13]

On April 8, 2008, Parker led the Lady Vols to their second straight NCAA women's title, the eighth championship for Tennessee. She was also named the Most Outstanding Player for the second consecutive tournament, joining Cheryl Miller, Chamique Holdsclaw and Diana Taurasi as the only female players to have done so. She won the honor despite suffering a dislocated shoulder during her team's regional finals win, but returned and led the Lady Vols to the title.

While at Tennessee, she compiled a record of 100 wins and 10 losses and averaged 19.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.9 steals and 2.4 blocks per game.

Tennessee statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
Year Team GP Points FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2005-06 Tennessee 36 622 55.2 25.0 72.9 8.3 2.8 1.6 2.4 17.3
2006-07 Tennessee 36 706 52.9 33.3 71.6 9.8 2.4 1.8 2.6 19.6
2007-08 Tennessee 38 809 53.6 26.7 69.8 8.5 2.5 2.3 2.4 21.3
Career Tennessee 110 2137 53.8 28.3 71.3 8.8 2.6 1.9 2.4 19.4

Source[14]

WNBA career[edit]

Los Angeles Sparks (2008-present)[edit]

2008: Rookie of the Year and MVP season[edit]

Just after the NCAA victory, Parker was selected as the first pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft by the Los Angeles Sparks on April 9, 2008. She played alongside Olympic teammates Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton-Jones. Shannon Bobbitt, Parker's teammate at Tennessee, joined the Sparks after being drafted in the second round.[15]

On May 17, 2008, in her debut game against the Phoenix Mercury, she scored 34 points, 12 rebounds and 8 assists. Her 34 points broke the record for a rookie in a debut game. The record was previously held by Cynthia Cooper, who scored 25 points in her debut game in 1997.[16]

On June 22, 2008, she became the second woman in WNBA history—after her teammate Lisa Leslie—to dunk during a regulation WNBA game against the Indiana Fever. The dunk was on the same basket as the dunk of Lisa Leslie. On June 24, 2008, she became the first player to dunk twice in their WNBA career, during a regulation game against the Seattle Storm[17]

Parker was named the Hanns-G 'Go Beyond' Rookie of the Month for the month of May and July 2008.[18]

On July 9, 2008, Parker scored a career-high 40 points, along with 16 rebounds and 6 assists in a 82–74 overtime win against the Houston Comets.[19]

In August 2008, the WNBA suspended play for a couple of weeks to some of their players to join the national team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Parker was selected to go, and the US team cruised with 8 straight victories to win the gold medal. Parker averaged 9.4 points and 4.5 rebounds per game, and scored 14 points in the final game.[20]

On October 3, 2008, Parker became the first WNBA player to win both the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player awards in the same season, joining Wilt Chamberlain and Wes Unseld as the only professional American basketball players to win both ROY and MVP trophies in the same season.[21]

2009–2011: Pregnancy and injuries[edit]

Parker missed the first eight games of the 2009 WNBA season after giving birth to daughter, Lailaa Nicole Williams. By this time, the Sparks acquired Tina Thompson and Betty Lennox to help carry the team during Parker's absence. On June 30, Parker returned to practice with her teammates for the first time.[22] She played her first game back from maternity leave on July 5, 2009. Parker was named to the All-WNBA second team and All-Defensive second team despite missing almost a full month, due to her maternity leave. She had averaged a career-low in scoring but led the league in rebounding by the end of the season. Parker helped the Sparks get to the Western Conference Finals, but lost in three games to the eventual champions, the Phoenix Mercury. In the playoffs, Parker averaged 18 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

In 2010, Parker played only 10 games and was sidelined for the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury, she would also miss the playoffs.[23] In 2011, Parker played her first six games. During the seventh game, with 5:56 left in the third quarter, Parker went down after grabbing a defensive rebound and making brief contact with Quanitra Hollingsworth. After getting an MRI on June 27, she found out she had a torn meniscus in her right knee. Six weeks later, she returned and played the remainder of the season, but the Sparks were eliminated from playoff contention with a disappointing 15–19 record.

2012–2013: Comeback and Second MVP season[edit]

In 2012, Parker had re-signed with the Sparks to a multi-year deal once her rookie contract expired.[24] She had played the full season and helped her team to a 24–10 record, making the playoffs as the second seed in the west. In the first round, they beat the San Antonio Stars two games to none. In the Western Conference Finals, against the Minnesota Lynx, the Sparks lost two games to none, while Parker scored 33 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and had 4 blocks in a must-win game two, which they lost, 80-79, therefore ending their season. Parker was very emotional following the loss, hugging her mother Sara with tears.

On July 27, 2013, in her sixth season, Parker played in her first All-Star game. She scored 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a come from behind win for the West and was named WNBA All-Star MVP. The Sparks finished with the same record (24–10) as the year earlier, again earning the second seed in the Western Conference. On September 19, Parker was named the 2013 WNBA Most Valuable Player. Parker became the fifth player to earn multiple WNBA MVP awards, joining Lisa Leslie (3), Sheryl Swoopes (3), Lauren Jackson (3) and Cynthia Cooper (2). The Sparks faced the Phoenix Mercury in the Western Conference Semifinals. In game one, at Staples Center, the Sparks lost, forcing them to win in game two, at Phoenix to stay in the series. In game two, Parker scored 31 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Sparks to a win, bringing the series back to L.A. for a game three. In a nailbiter, the Sparks lost on a last second jumper by Phoenix rookie Brittney Griner, ending the Sparks' season by one point for the second straight year.

2014: Ownership and Coaching Changes[edit]

In January 2014, Williams Group Holdings abruptly announced they would relinquish their ownership of the Sparks. For a brief time, the Sparks future in Los Angeles was in some jeopardy. Despite major uncertainty, a month later the team was purchased by an investment group including Magic Johnson, with promises of bringing a championship to Los Angeles. The team went into the All-Star break with an unexpected 10–13 record. Immediately after the break, head coach Carol Ross was let go and General Manager and former player, Penny Toler, assumed the position of coach for the remainder of the season. Parker led her team to finish with a 16–18 record and clinched the number 4 seed to head to the playoffs for the 14th time in franchise history and 6th time for Parker. Despite enormous effort from her in the series, they lost 72–75 in Game 1 and 93–68 in Game 2 to the eventual champions the Phoenix Mercury, marking the second consecutive year the Mercury knocked the Sparks out of the playoffs in the semi-final round. Parker averaged 19.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, and 1.3 blocks per game in the regular season.

2015: Break and Breakout Return[edit]

Always smiling, Parker and Essence Carson (far right), with Lindsay Whalen, Sylvia Fowles and Maya Moore of the Minnesota Lynx in 2016

On April 9, 2015, Parker announced she would miss an undetermined amount of the season to rest. Prior to the season, Brian Agler was hired as the Sparks' new head coach. Parker returned to the Sparks after the All-Star break on July 29. Despite missing more than half of the season, she filled the box score like no player ever had before. In 16 regular-season games, Parker set a career high of 6.3 assists per game, ranking 1st in the league, two more than her previous career high, a number that only 7 other players in WNBA history have matched; all except Parker were guards. Additionally, she averaged 19.4 points (4th), 10.1 rebounds (1st), 1.8 blocks (4th) and career high 1.9 steals (5th) per game. Her unbelievable performance earned her the Western Conference Player of the Month for August. The Sparks had been struggling with a 3–15 record before her return, one of the worst records in franchise history. However, Parker managed to lead her team to the number 4 seed with a 14–20 record. The team put up incredible effort against the number 1 seed, Minnesota Lynx in the series, losing game one by only 2 points. In game two, Parker had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Sparks past the Lynx 81–71 and force a game three. Despite leading all scorers with 28 points and had 13 rebounds, Parker couldn't help her team in game three as they lost to the Lynx 91–80. Parker was named a part of the 2015 All-WNBA Second Team.

2016: Loss of Coach Summitt and first championship[edit]

In 2016, Parker re-signed with the Sparks as an unrestricted free agent.[25] During the season, Parker averaged 15.3 points per game, becoming the team's second option next to Nneka Ogwumike who led the team in scoring and won the MVP award. However, in late June, Parker's college coach and mentor, Pat Summitt, passed away at the age of 64 from Alzheimer's disease. That night, against the Dallas Wings, Parker had an incredible performance in the second half, finishing the game with 31 points, and had her season high of rebounding with 13, guiding her team to a victory. In an emotional post-game interview, she dedicated the season to Pat. With a supporting cast of Nneka Ogwumike and Kristi Toliver, the Sparks were a championship contender in the league, finishing 26–8. With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Sparks were the number 2 seed in the league with a double-bye to the semi-finals (the last round before the WNBA Finals) facing the Chicago Sky. The Sparks defeated the Sky 3–1 in the series, advancing to the WNBA Finals for the first time since 2003.

In the WNBA Finals, it was only the second time in league history where two teams from the same conference faced each other in the Finals due to the new playoff format, as the Sparks faced the championship-defending Minnesota Lynx. This finals series proved to be the best the WNBA had ever seen, with Parker being at the forefront of the Sparks' success. For Game 3, in Los Angeles, Parker put up her best performance of the finals thus far, contributing 24 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 assists to help the Sparks take a 2–1 series lead, with a dominant 92–75 win. This put Parker one win away from her first title, as the Sparks already had one victory in their hands. However, the Lynx upset the Sparks on their home court in Game 4 with a 85–79 win, forcing a winner-take-all Game 5. The Sparks would end up winning the decisive Game 5 on the road, that ended with a game winning close range shot by Parker's teammate, Nneka Ogwumike, who put the Sparks ahead 77–76 with 3.1 seconds remaining after grabbing an offensive rebound. The Sparks claimed their first championship since 2002. After the game, in tears, Parker uttered the words "this is for Pat," insinuating that the championship win was in honor of Pat Summit. Parker won her first championship and won Finals MVP. In Game 5 of the series, Parker had scored a game-high 28 points along with 12 rebounds.[26] Also in 2016, Parker was named in the WNBA Top 20@20, a list of the league's best 20 players ever in celebration of the WNBA's twentieth anniversary.

USA Basketball[edit]

Parker, was a member of the USA Women's U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The event was held in August 2004, when the USA team defeated Puerto Rico to win the championship. Parker was the leading scorer for the team, averaging 16.6 points per game.[27]

Parker played for Team USA in 2008, winning her first gold medal as USA beat Australia 92-65.

Parker was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[28] The team selected to play for the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympics is usually chosen from these participants. At the conclusion of the training camp, the team traveled to Ekaterinburg, Russia, where they competed in the 2009 UMMC Ekaterinburg International Invitational.[28]

Parker played for Team USA at the 2012 Summer Olympics. She led the team in rebounds and blocks throughout the olympics, helping them win another gold medal, as they beat France 86-50 in the gold medal game.

Despite her performance in the previous Olympics, Parker wasn't qualified to play for Team USA in the 2016 Summer Olympics.[29][30]

Overseas career[edit]

During each WNBA off-season from 2010-2015, Parker played for UMMC Ekaterinburg of the Russian League, winning five consecutive championships with the team. Parker played with teammate, Kristi Toliver in her final off-season with the team. As of August 2016, Parker signed with the Xinjiang Tianshan Deers of the WCBA for the 2016-17 off-season.[31]

Personal life[edit]

On May 7, 2007, People Magazine named Parker to its 100 World's Most Beautiful people list.

On November 13, 2008, Parker married Shelden Williams, who played college basketball at Duke University and also played in the NBA. The couple have a daughter named Lailaa Nicole Williams, born on May 13, 2009. In November 2016, the couple split up after 8 years of marriage when Williams filed for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences". They became separated three months prior to the divorce.[32]

Parker grew up in Illinois, adoring the Chicago Bulls and was a Michael Jordan fan. Her all-time favorite player is Ron Harper, of whom she has a picture hanging in her bedroom. She has a black and brown dog named Prada. She previously had two dogs: a St. Bernard mix named Fendi, with whom she appeared in an anti-fur ad for PETA,[33] and a pug named Nino, who is named after Nino Brown, a character in the movie New Jack City.[34]

WNBA career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Los Angeles 33 33 33.6 .523 .423 .733 9.5 3.4 1.3 2.2 18.5
2009 Los Angeles 25 24 32.6 .485 .208 .763 9.8 2.6 0.6 2.1 13.1
2010 Los Angeles 10 10 33.5 .500 .250 .732 10.1 2.2 1.0 2.2 20.6
2011 Los Angeles 17 16 32.6 .511 .419 .736 8.6 2.8 1.2 1.5 18.5
2012 Los Angeles 33 33 30.7 .481 .322 .710 9.7 3.3 1.5 2.3 17.4
2013 Los Angeles 31 31 28.7 .493 .257 .762 8.7 3.8 1.2 1.8 17.9
2014 Los Angeles 30 29 33.2 .469 .306 .846 7.1 4.3 1.8 1.3 19.4
2015 Los Angeles 16 16 34.4 .489 .279 .815 10.1 6.3 1.9 1.8 19.4
2016 Los Angeles 34 34 30.8 .442 .382 .707 7.4 4.9 1.3 0.9 15.3
Career 9 years, 1 team 229 226 31.9 .485 .333 .756 8.8 3.8 1.4 1.8 17.5

Playoffs[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2008 Los Angeles 6 6 36.5 .459 .000 .759 9.8 3.8 1.5 2.1 15.0
2009 Los Angeles 6 6 35.2 .535 .250 .705 10.7 1.7 0.8 1.8 18.0
2012 Los Angeles 4 4 36.0 .573 .500 .875 11.0 4.3 1.0 1.7 28.8
2013 Los Angeles 3 3 37.3 .542 .000 .684 8.7 1.3 1.0 1.0 25.7
2014 Los Angeles 2 2 36.5 .543 .250 .444 6.0 3.5 1.5 2.5 21.5
2015 Los Angeles 3 3 38.3 .418 .389 .842 10.7 4.7 2.3 1.3 23.0
2016 Los Angeles 9 9 33.0 .469 .313 .778 8.7 3.2 1.6 1.8 19.3
Career 7 years, 1 team 33 33 35.5 .501 .300 .753 9.5 3.2 1.4 1.8 20.5

Awards[edit]

High School[edit]

  • All-State Team (2001-2004: AP, Chicago Sun Times, News-Gazette, Chicago Tribune, IBCA)
  • Gatorade Illinois State Player of the Year (2002-2004)
  • Illinois Miss Basketball (2002-2004)
  • Illinois State Player of the Year (2002-2004: Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, Daily Herald, Naperville Sun, News-Gazette)
  • First Team All-American (2002-2004: Nike, Parade, Street & Smith's, USA Today, 2004: McDonald's)
  • Gatorade Female Basketball Player of the Year (2003-2004)
  • Naismith Prep Player of the Year (2003-2004)
  • USA Today High School Player of the Year (2003-2004)
  • 2004 Powerade Jam Fest Winner
  • 2004 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2004 Women's Sports Foundation High School Athlete of the Year

College[edit]

  • 2007/08 - Junior
    • 2008 Academic All-America of the Year[13]
    • 2008 Naismith Trophy Winner[44]
    • 2008 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player
    • 2008 John R. Wooden Award winner
    • 2008 Basketball Honda Sports Award Winner
    • 2008 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament - Oklahoma City Region Most Outstanding Player
    • 2008 ESPN.com Player of the Year[45]
    • 2007/08 Honda-Broderick Cup winner[46]
    • 2007/08 SEC Female Athlete of the Year[47]
    • 2008 Kodak All-American
    • 2008 SEC Tournament MVP
    • 2008 SEC Tournament First Team
    • 2008 All-SEC First Team
    • 2008 ESPY Best Female College Athlete[48]

WNBA[edit]

  • 2008 WNBA MVP[49]
  • 2008 WNBA Rookie of the Year[49]
  • 2008 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2008 All-Rookie Team
  • 2008 WNBA Rebounding Champion
  • 2008 AP Female Athlete of the Year[50]
  • 2008 BET Female Athlete of the Year
  • 2008 ESPY Best Female Athlete
  • 2009 All-WNBA Second Team
  • 2009 All-Defensive Second Team
  • 2009 WNBA Rebounding Champion
  • 2009 ESPY Best WNBA Player
  • 2009 Teen Choice Award Favorite Female Athlete
  • 2012 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2012 All-Defensive Second Team
  • 2013 WNBA MVP
  • 2013 WNBA All-Star MVP
  • 2013 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2013 ESPY Best WNBA Player
  • 2013 Women's Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year Team Sports
  • 2014 All-WNBA First Team
  • 2015 All-WNBA Second Team
  • 2016 WNBA Champion
  • 2016 WNBA Finals MVP

USA Basketball[edit]

  • 2004 FIBA U18 World Championship
  • 2006 FIBA World Champions for Women Bronze Medal
  • 2007 FIBA Americas Championship
  • 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold Medal
  • 2012 London Olympics Gold Medal

UMMC Ekaterinburg[edit]

  • Championship of Russia (2010-2014)
  • Cup of Russia (2010-2014)
  • EuroLeague Women 3rd Place (2010-2012, 2014)
  • EuroLeague Women Champion 2013
  • EuroLeague Women Final Eight MVP 2013

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