Saturday, October 4, 2008

Candace Parker

parker wins mvp and rookie of the year honorsPhoto: Eric Gay

Candace Parker received the WNBA's most valuable player award , becoming the first player to win the award along with the rookie of the year. The Los Angeles star was unanimously selected rookie of the year.

The awards capped a big run for Parker, who was college player of the year last season for national champion Tennessee. Parker also was a member of the gold-medal winning U.S. team in the Beijing Olympics.

Parker, the top overall draft pick this year, averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds. She had a high of 40 points and grabbed 10 or more rebounds in 17 games. She led the league in double-doubles with 17, led the league in rebounding and led rookies in scoring, blocks (2.3 bpg) and minutes (33.6 mpg).

She is the new face of the Wnba as stated by hall of famer Cheryl Miller. An athletic 6 footer that is mobile, agile and can handle the basketball. She is also the only woman to dunk twice in woman's professional sports

only a few have won both awards in the same year

Year LeagueAthlete
2008 WNBA Candace Parker
1959-60 NBA Wilt Chamberlain
1968-69 NBA Wes Unseld
1975 MLB (AL) Fred Lynn
2001 MLB (AL) Ichiro Suzuki
1957 NFL Jim Brown

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