A Legendary Career Comes to an End: Candace Parker Announces Retirement

Career Honors and Rankings

The WNBA bids farewell to one of its all-time greats. Candace Parker, a titan of the game,  officially retired after a groundbreaking 16-year career. Fans of women’s basketball will always remember the incredible impact she made.

Parker’s storied career was marked by numerous accolades and achievements. She signed with the Las Vegas Aces prior to the 2023 season and helped the team win the WNBA crown.

  • The Championship Collector: Let’s start with the hardware. Parker didn’t just win a WNBA championship; she won three championships with three different teams (Los Angeles Sparks, Chicago Sky, and Las Vegas Aces). That’s a feat no one else in the league can claim. Plus, she snagged Olympic gold medals and NCAA titles.
  • The MVP and the Rookie: They say you can’t have it all, but Candace Parker proved them wrong. She’s the only player in WNBA history to win Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player in the same season. That kind of debut? Unheard of.
  • The Analyst Extraordinaire: Parker demonstrated her basketball genius extends beyond the court. Since 2018, she has showcased her knowledge and insight as an analyst and commentator for NBA on TNT and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Game.

The Aces Pay Tribute to Ace

The dunks. The dimes. The boards. The blocks. The smile. The swagger.
The memories Candace Parker created for a generation of women’s basketball fans
will remain ingrained in our collective conscience forever,
but she has given so much more to the game beyond her accolades and statistics.

As a teammate and mentor, a mother and wife, a baller, broadcaster and businesswoman,
she has inspired countless young people, both boys and girls,
to chase and achieve their dreams.

Although the majority of her career was played in opposing uniforms,
we were blessed to have her as part of our championship team a year ago.
We are saddened that she won’t be a part of our three-peat aspirations,
but we look forward to welcoming Candace back to Las Vegas as an Aces alum,
and we can’t wait to see what the next chapter in her life has to offer.

Thanks for the memories, Candace.

The Las Vegas Aces.

Candace Parker’s Career Honors
WNBA Champion 3 2016 (LA), 2021 (CHI), 2023 (LV)
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 Most Valuable Player 1 2016
WNBA Rookie of the Year 1 2008
WNBA All-Star Most Valuable Player 1 2013
Olympic Gold Medalist 2 2008, 2012
NCAA Championship 2 2007, 2008
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 2007, 2008


Parker’s Career Rankings
Points 6,574 9th
Field Goals 2,471 7th
Field Goal Attempts 5,163 9th
Free Throws 1,290 13th
Free Throw Attempts 1,682 12th
Rebounds 3,467 3rd
Rebounds Per Game 8.5 8th
Defensive Rebounds 2,846 2nd
Defensive Rebounds Per Game 6.9 3rd
Assists 1,634 7th
Steals 521 16th
Blocks 619 5th
Blocks Per Game 1.51 11th
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