Candace Nicole Parker is a professional American basketball player, playing for the Chicago Sky of the WNBA(Women’s National Basketball Association). She works as an NBA game analyst on TNT and NBA TV.
She was the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks in the 2008 WNBA draft. In 2016, Parker with the help of other stars such as Nneka Ogwumike and Aana Beard brought Sparks their first WNBA Finals title since 2002. During her high school days, she was the winner of the 2003 and 2004 Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year awards and became the second junior and the only woman to receive the award twice. She plays at the position of Power forward / Center. The versatile player, Candace Parker was the first woman in the NCAA tournament to perform a dunk and the first woman in the college game to dunk twice.
Candace Parker has a Net Worth of $2 million
According to sources, Candace Parker has an estimated Net Worth of $2 million. According to reports, Parker manages to earn $1.2 million per year. Outside of United States, she plays for the Russian team UMMC Ekaterinburg as their star player, which brings her a huge amount of money.
She also earns $3 million per year from her endorsement deals. She had signed a long-term endorsement deal with Gatorade and Adidas. Candace is currently reported as the highest-earning WNBA player.
Parker is joining the Chicago Sky
Candace Parker is joining her hometown team, Chicago Sparks after eight years with Los Angeles Sparks. The news was first reported by, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne. According to sources, the signing of Parker with Chicago Sky will be made official on Monday.
The top overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Parker spent her first 13 seasons of her professional career with L.A Sparks. In Parker’s 337 total career games with Sparks, she averaged 16.9 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and led them to the 2016 WNBA championship.
The Player’s Eary life
Candace Parker was born on the 19th of April in the year 1980 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born to her parents Sara and Larry Parker and has two elder brothers named Marcus Parker, who is a doctor, and Anthony Parker who is a former NBA basketball player. She spent her childhood in Naperville, Illinois, where she and her family moved when she was 2-years-old.
Parker attended the Naperville Central High School in Naperville, Illinois where she directed her basketball team to Class AA state titles in 2003 and 2004, and collected a school-record of 2,768 points and 1,592 rebounds while starting 119 of the 121 games in which she played. In 2004, Parker was titled as Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, WBCA All-American, and McDonald’s All-American.
Her Personal life
Parker married erstwhile professional basketball player Shelden Williams. The couple together shares a daughter born on May 13, 2009, named Lailaa Nicole Williams. The couple divorced and got separated after 8 years of marriage in November 2016. Shelden Williams filed for divorce, citing “irreconcilable differences”.
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