Aces Sign Two-Time MVP, Two-Time WNBA Champion Candace Parker
Las Vegas, NV (February 1, 2023) – Las Vegas Aces General Manager Natalie Williams announced today that the team has signed two-time league MVP and two-time WNBA champion Candace Parker as an agent. free.
“We are thrilled to have Candace Parker join the Aces family,” Williams said. “Candace is a future Hall of Famer, a proven champion, and most importantly, an incredible woman. She is a talented game designer, an exceptional leader, and an invaluable piece in our quest for another championship title. We look forward to welcoming Candace and her family to Las Vegas.
“My family is my sanity and my purpose,” Parker said when announcing his decision to sign with Las Vegas this weekend. “They have given me the greatest joys I have ever known and continue to show me new levels of love and devotion that I never knew existed.
“As I’ve been through free agency this time around, of course I’m thinking about where I can compete for my third championship, but the words home and family are what I keep coming back to.”
“After evaluating the landscape with my family, we decided the Las Vegas Aces was the right organization for us at this point in our lives. Playing for a championship close to home is the ideal situation for us. I can’t wait to continue the trip this summer in Las Vegas.
The 6-4 forward/center is a 10-time All-WNBA winner, having played his first 13 seasons in the league with the Los Angeles Sparks. Parker (36) became the first player in WNBA history to be named Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season when she averaged 18.5 points, 9, 5 rebounds and 3.4 assists while helping the Sparks to 10 wins in 2008.
A two-time Olympic gold medalist, Parker led LA to 11 playoff appearances, including the 2016 WNBA championship. She won her second MVP award in 2013 averaging 17.9 points, 8.7 rebounds and 3.8 assists.
The Tennessee graduate signed as a free agent with Chicago on Feb. 1, 2021, and led the Sky to their first-ever WNBA championship that same year.
As a middle schooler, Parker led the Lady Vols to national championships as a junior (2006-07) and senior (2007-08), earning Final Four MVP accolades both years.
Since 2018, Parker has worked as an analyst and commentator for the NBA on TNT, during the WNBA offseason. In 2019, she worked as an analyst for the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship Game and began serving as an analyst and commentator for NBA TV and NCAA Tournament coverage on CBS Sports.
PARKER’S CAREER HONOR WNBA Champion 2 2016 (LA), 2021 (CHI) WNBA Most Valuable Player 2 2008, 2013 All-WNBA First Team 7 2008, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2022 All-WNBA Second Team 3 2009, 2015, 2018 WNBA All-Star 7 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year 1 2020 WNBA All-Defensive Second Team 2 2009, 2012 WNBA Finals 2016 WNBA Most Valuable Player Rookie of the Year 1 2008 WNBA All-Star Most Valuable Player 1 2013 Olympic Gold Medalist 2 2008, 2012 NCAA Championship 2 2006-07, 2007-08 Naismith Women’s College Player of the Year 1 2007-08 John R. Wooden Award 2 2006-07, 2007-08 AP Player of the Year 2 2006-07, 2007-08 Final Four Most Outstanding Player 2 2006-07, 2007-08
Parker’s WNBA Rankings Points 6,412 10th Points Per Game 16.4 16th Field Goals 2,411 9th Field Goal Attempts 5,034 10th Free Throws 1,265 14th Free Throw Attempts 1,654 13th Rebounds 3,370 3rd Rebounds Per Game 8.6 6th Rebounds 2,765 2nd Defensive Rebounds per game 7.1 2nd 2,567 2nd Defensive Hikes per game 7.1 2nd 2,567 8th Assists per game 4.0 20th Steals 494 16th Blocks 603 5th Blocks per game 1.54 10th