Candace Parker’s personal friends voted her probably the most overrated participant within the WNBA in 2019.
That 12 months, she posted career-low averages of 11.2 factors, 6.4 rebounds, and three.5 assists per recreation on 42/27/79 capturing splits. The Los Angeles Sparks nonetheless completed 22-12 and first within the Western Convention, however misplaced 3-0 within the semifinals of the playoffs, the place she posted simply 10.5 factors, 6.0 rebounds, and three.5 assists per contest. And, in all honesty, she knew that 12 months was disappointing; she admitted it herself.
How did she reply? Within the 2020 Wubble, she averaged 14.7 factors, 9.6 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks whereas capturing 51/40/73. She additionally received her first Defensive Participant of the Yr Award and recorded 22 factors, 14 rebounds, 5 assists, and two blocks.
This 12 months along with her hometown Chicago Sky, she’s averaged 13.1 factors, 8.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists via seven appearances. The Sky are 8-7 and tied for second within the Japanese Convention, simply 1.5 video games behind the first-place Connecticut Solar. Final evening, she had her finest recreation on her new squad, posting a season-high 23 factors, accompanied by 12 rebounds and 6 assists whereas capturing 9-for-16 from the ground and 3-for-4 from three. Furthermore, the 92-72 victory over the New York Liberty was Chicago’s sixth straight win.
Nonetheless hitting turnaround fadeaways. Nonetheless pulling down three-pointers. Nonetheless getting putbacks. Nonetheless faking out defenders within the submit.
Parker presently stands 224 points away from 6,000, and he or she’ll change into the twelfth participant in WNBA historical past to realize the mark, with Tina Charles turning into the eleventh earlier this season. The Sky have 17 video games remaining, and Parker would wish to common 13.2 factors the remainder of the way in which — roughly her present common — to achieve that milestone this season. She’s additionally 38 rebounds away from 3,000, a complete she’d change into the ninth WNBA participant to achieve.
After Chicago’s victory over the Liberty, Parker placed on her media hat and invaded the post-game presser in an try and attempt to (playfully) do away with morning shootarounds. As Sky head coach James Wade awaited the following query, Parker stepped in with an inquiry of her personal.
“Your group was flying in late final evening, and there was no shootaround this morning. Do you assume in any sort of approach that which will have contributed to the way in which that they performed immediately?” she requested, as Wade laughed his ass off your entire time.
“I believe it helped a bit of bit,” Wade acknowledged earlier than interrupting himself by not with the ability to include his laughter.
“Thanks, Coach Wade. I actually respect it!” Parker added.
Several surgeries later, Parker’s nonetheless enjoying at a excessive degree and stays one of the crucial necessary representatives of all basketball. Maybe she might remove morning shootarounds and get some further relaxation, too.