Candice Parker’s peers voted her the WNBA’s Most Overrated Player of 2019.
That year, she averaged career lows of 11.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game at 42/27/79. The Los Angeles Sparks still finished 22-12 and first in the Western Conference, but lost 3-0 in the semifinals of the playoffs, scoring only 10.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in each contest. In all honesty, she knew that year had been disappointing; She admitted it herself.
How did you respond? In the 2020 Wubble, she averaged 14.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.2 blocks while shooting 51/40/73. She also won her first Defensive Player of the Year award, scoring 22 points, 14 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks.
This year with her hometown Chicago Sky, she averaged 13.1 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists through seven entries. The Sky is 8-7 and tied for second place in the Eastern Conference, just 1.5 games behind the Connecticut Sun. Last night, she had her best game in her new team, with a season-high 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while shooting 9 for 16 from the ground and 3 for 4 from three. Furthermore, the 92-72 win over New York Liberty was Chicago’s sixth straight win.
Still up to fade. Still knocking three-pointers. Still back off. Defenders still pretend to be in this position.
Parker is currently standing 224 points out of 6000She will become the 12th player in WNBA history to achieve that number, as Tina Charles became the 11th earlier this season. Sky has 17 games left, and Parker will need to average 13.2 points the rest of the way – more or less than the current average – to reach that milestone this season. She’s also 38 off rebounds from 3,000, a total that became the ninth WNBA player to reach.
After Chicago’s win over Liberty, Parker donned her media hat and invaded the post-game push-up in an effort to (comically) get rid of the morning’s gunfire. While Sky coach James Wade waited for the next question, Parker interjected with an inquiry of her own.
“Your team was flying in late last night, and there was no shooting this morning. Do you think in any sort of way that might have contributed to the way they played today?” I asked, as Wade laughed the whole time.
“I think it helped a little,” Wade admitted before interrupting himself, unable to contain his laughter.
“Thanks, Coach Wade. I really appreciate it!” Parker added.
Several surgeries laterParker continues to play at a high level and remains one of the most important representatives of basketball. Maybe she can eliminate the shooting in the morning and get some extra rest, too.