Candice Dupree

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Candice Dupree
Dupree in 2008
No. 4 – Phoenix Mercury
Position Power forward
League WNBA
Personal information
Born (1984-08-16) August 16, 1984 (age 32)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school Paul R. Wharton (Tampa, Florida)
College Temple (2002–2006)
WNBA draft 2006 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6th overall
Selected by the Chicago Sky
Playing career 2006–present
Career history
20062009 Chicago Sky
2007–2009 WBC Wisła Kraków
2009–2011 Good Angels Košice
2010–present Phoenix Mercury
2011–2013 WBC Spartak Moscow Region
2013–2014 Dynamo Kursk
2014–2015 Zhejiang Golden Bulls
2015 Nadezhda Orenburg
2016–present ZVVZ USK Praha
Career highlights and awards
Stats at

Candice Dupree (born August 16, 1984) is an American basketball player for the Phoenix Mercury of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was selected 6th in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky before being traded to Mercury in 2010. She also played professional basketball in Europe and Asia.

Early life[edit]

Dupree grew up in Tampa, Florida. She played basketball and volleyball at Paul R. Wharton High School and has two sisters; one is her twin, while the other is several years younger. Dupree played basketball at Temple University from 2002 to 2006. She won numerous awards and accolades as a college basketball player, drawing comparisons to the NBA's Tim Duncan.[1]

College statistics[edit]


  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
2002–03 Temple 18 188 43.2 52.2 7.6 1.3 1.9 1.4 10.4
2003–04 Temple 31 431 54.7 52.9 7.6 0.8 1.4 1.9 13.9
2004–05 Temple 32 521 53.9 66.9 9.1 1.7 2.2 2.1 16.3
2005–06 Temple 32 558 50.6 17.6 72.3 8.7 2.1 1.6 2.2 17.4
Career Temple 113 1698 51.5 15.8 63.0 8.3 1.5 1.7 1.9 15.0

WNBA career[edit]

Dupree was selected 6th overall in the 2006 WNBA Draft by the Chicago Sky, an expansion team that year. As a rookie, she was named to the Eastern Conference WNBA All Star team. In her first All-Star game, she competed against her former college coach Dawn Staley. Dupree was also named to the Eastern Conference WNBA All-Star Team in 2007 and 2009 in the WNBA (there was no WNBA All Star game in 2008 due to the Olympics). For the 2009 season, Dupree tied for second place in the WNBA with 268 total rebounds.[3]

In March 2010, Dupree was traded to the Phoenix Mercury as part of a multi-player, three-team deal.[4] Dupree requested the trade.[5]

Dupree would win her first WNBA championship with the Mercury in 2014 as they swept her former team, the Chicago Sky 3-0 in the finals. Dupree had 24 points and 6 assists in the final game of the series. During the 2014 season, Dupree was playing alongside Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner while the Mercury had a record-breaking regular season record of 29-5 en route to the title.

In the 2015 season, Dupree was named a WNBA All-Star for the fifth time in her career as she averaged 14.1 ppg. The Mercury would make it to the playoffs in an attempt to defend their title but were swept in the second round by the Minnesota Lynx who won the championship that year.

Shooting Stars[edit]

Dupree, along with then-Chicago Bulls guard Ben Gordon and ex-Bulls star Scottie Pippen, participated in the Shooting Stars competition at the 2007 NBA All-Star Game Weekend. In 2008, Dupree again represented Chicago at the Shooting Stars competition, along with Chris Duhon and B.J. Armstrong.[6]

Overseas career[edit]

Dupree played professional basketball in Poland, for the TS Wisła Can-Pack Kraków club, during the 2007–08[7] and 2008–09 WNBA off-seasons.[8] In 2008, Wisla Can Pack won the PLKK league championship, and Dupree was named Most Valuable Player of the championship series. In 2009, Dupree was named to the "Rest of the World" (non-European) squad for the EuroLeague Women All Star Game.[9] Dupree played two consecutive off-seasons for Good Angels Košice in Slovakia from 2009–2011, winning a national championship with the team.[10][11] From 2011–2015, Dupree played four off-seasons in Russia for WBC Spartak Moscow Region, Dynamo Kursk and Nadezhda Orenburg. Dupree also spent the first portion of the 2014–15 off-season playing in China for the Zhejiang Golden Bulls of the WCBA[12] As of August 2016, Dupree signed with ZVVZ USK Praha for the 2016-17 off-season.[13]

USA Basketball[edit]

Dupree was a member of the team representing the USA at the 2005 World University Games Team in Izmir, Turkey. In the quarterfinals against Taiwan, she led her team in scoring with 16 points. Dupree averaged 7.6 points per game, helping the team to a 7–0 record, and a gold medal at the event.[14]

Dupree was invited to the USA Basketball Women's National Team training camp in the fall of 2009.[15] Dupree was one of twenty players named to the national team pool. Twelve of this group will be chosen to represent the USA in the 2010 World Championships and the 2012 Summer Olympics.[16]

Dupree was named as one of the National team members to represent the USA Basketball team in the WNBA versus USA Basketball.[17] This game replaces the normal WNBA All-Star game with WNBA All-Stars versus USA Basketball, as part of the preparation for the FIBA World Championship for Women to be held in the Czech Republic during September and October 2010. Dupree was selected to be a member of the National team representing the USA at the World Championships held in September and October 2010. The team was coached by Geno Auriemma. Because many team members were still playing in the WNBA until just prior to the event, the team had only one day of practice with the entire team before leaving for Ostrava and Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic. Even with limited practice, the team managed to win its first games against Greece by 26 points. The team continued to dominate with victory margins exceeding 20 points in the first five games. Several players shared scoring honors, with Swin Cash, Angel McCoughtry, Maya Moore, Diana Taurasi, Lindsay Whalen, and Sylvia Fowles all ending as high scorer in the first few games. The sixth game was against undefeated Australia — the USA jumped out to a 24-point lead and the USA prevailed 83–75. The USA won its next two games by over 30 points, then faced the host team, the Czech Republic, in the championship game. The USA team had only a five-point lead at halftime, which was cut to three points, but the Czechs never got closer. Team USA went on to win the championship and gold medal. Dupree averaged 9.2 points per game while hitting 75% of her field goal attempts. She led the team in rebounds with 6.0 per game.[18]

Vital statistics[edit]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Member of the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team in 2003 and second team in 2004.
  • Named Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year in 2005.
  • Named the 2005 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Named 2005 Associated Press All-American Honorable Mention.
  • Member of the 2005 Atlantic 10 first team and two-time Big Five first team selection in 2004 and 2005.
  • Named Atlantic 10 and Philadelphia Big Five Player of the Year in 2006.
  • Named the 2006 Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Named to 2006 Associated Press All-American Third Team.
  • Selected for Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • Named MVP of the Atlantic 10 Tournament in 2004, 2005, and 2006.
  • Named Philadelphia-area Player of the Decade by Philadelphia Inquirer in 2010.[19]
  • 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, and 2015 WNBA All-Star Selection.
  • 2014 WNBA Championship.

WNBA career statistics[edit]

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

WNBA regular season[edit]

WNBA Postseason[edit]


  1. ^ Mowins, Beth, "Duncan-like Dupree turning heads," ESPN Women's Basketball, November 23, 2005.
  2. ^ "Women's Basketball Player stats". NCAA. Retrieved September 22, 2015. 
  3. ^ 2009 Rebounding Leaders. (June 20, 2014). Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  4. ^ "Sky deal Dupree for 2 players,", May 30, 2010.
  5. ^ McGraw, Patricia Babcock, "Dupree says it was time to move on from Sky," Chicago Daily Herald, March 30, 2010.
  6. ^ Haier Shooting Stars 2005–2008. Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  7. ^ Offseason 2007–08:Overseas Roster. (February 12, 2008). Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  8. ^ Offseason 2008–09: Overseas Roster. (January 8, 2009). Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  9. ^ Dupree:All-Star selection a pleasant surprise. Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  10. ^ Offseason 2009–10: Overseas Roster. (March 31, 2010). Retrieved on May 19, 2016.
  11. ^ Reprezentantka USA Dupreeová do Košíc. (October 19, 2009)
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  14. ^ "Twenty-Second World University Games – 2005". USA Basketball. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2015. 
  15. ^ "USA Basketball Women's National Team To Tip-Off Training Tomorrow In D.C.". USA Basketball. Retrieved October 1, 2009. [permanent dead link]
  16. ^ "Charles, Moore lead U.S. pool additions". ESPN. March 3, 2010. Retrieved March 3, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Six Olympic Gold Medalists Among 11-Member Team Set To Participate In WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun Game". USA Basketball. June 30, 2010. Archived from the original on July 7, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  18. ^ "FIBA World Championship for Women". FIBA. Retrieved July 5, 2010. 
  19. ^ Current and Former Women's Basketball Players Honored by Philadelphia Inquirer. (January 5, 2010). Retrieved on May 19, 2016.

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