Candace Parker is a famous African American basketball player. Candace is most renowned, and her name was listed amongst 100 World’s Most Beautiful people in ‘People’ (7th May 2007). Continue reading to find the net worth of Candace Parker as of 2018.
Early Life & Biography:
Candace Parker was born as Candace Nicole Parker on 19th April 1986 in St. Louis in Missouri in the US. Her parents are Sara and Larry Parker who played basketball at the University of Iowa (the 1970s). Candace has two older brothers – Anthony Parker (former NBA basketball player) and Marcus Parker (doctor).
The family relocated to Naperville, Illinois when Candace was two years. Her family enjoyed basketball and supported Chicago Bulls. Initially, Candace played soccer instead of basketball fearing she may not keep the family’s expected standards. While in 8th grade, Candace was convinced to play basketball and coached by her father.
Candace attended Naperville Central High School. She led the school soccer team to Class AA state titles (2003 and 2004) and won awards. These included Naismith and Gatorade Awards, USA Player of the Year and Illinois’s Player of the year.
Candace Parker studied at the University of Tennessee where she played for the Tennessee Lady Vols. Candace earned the name of the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and SEC Player of the Year (2007). She was honored as the Most Outstanding Player.
On 13th November 2008, Candace Parker married Shelden Williams (former basketball player at Duke University and present basketball in NBA). They have a daughter named Lailaa Nicole Williams (b. 13th May 2009). The couple divorced in November 2016.
Career, Awards & Nominations:
Candace made two dunks in one game creating basketball history while studying at the University of Tennessee. The head of the University of Mississippi recognized Candace Parker as the top post, guard, passer, rebounder, and scorer.
In 2008, Candace Parker was selected by the Los Angeles Sparks in the WNBA Draft. Candace played her first match against Phoenix Mercury and broke the rookie record scoring 34 points, 12 rebounds, and eight assists. Candace was named ‘Hanyns-G ‘Go Beyond’ rookie of the month (May-July 2008). She was awarded Hanns-G Rookie of the year and MVP for the 2008 season.
In 2008, Candace Parker participated in Summer Olympics as the National Women’s Basketball of the US. Candace, Lisa Leslie, and other team members scored eight victories and won a gold medal. The final game was against the Australian team when the US team scored 92-65. In 2011, Candace Parker had to take a break after her knee injury. The U.S.A Basketball Women’s National Team Player Selection Committee selected Candace and twenty other women for the 2012 Olympics in London.
Net Worth & Earnings:
The net worth of Candace Parker is $2.5 million. As an All-American Basketball player, Candace Parker earns an annual salary from Los Angeles Sparks of WNBA and UMMC Ekaterinburg of Russia. Candace earned an annual salary of $1,200,000 from Russian UMMC Ekaterinburg (2015). Her earnings from various endorsements were $3,000,000 (2015). Candace and Shelden Williams bought their 7,000-square-foot home in Encino, Los Angeles, for US$3.56 million (2013) and sold the same for $4,390,000 (2017).
Candace Parker is the studio analyst for CBS Sports (NCAA men’s tournament coverage) and for TNT (NBA coverage).