2013 The Root 100

Stellar WNBA player who is still at the top of her game after injuries and sidelines.

  • Influence: 159.5
  • Reach: 14.26
  • Substance: 6.5
  • Media Mentions: 1130
  • Internet Mentions: 856000
  • Twitter Followers: 186792
  • Candace Parker

  • MVP of WNBA All-Star Game 2013.
  • Job: WNBA player
  • Sector: Sports
  • Twitter: @Candace_Parker
  • Location: Los Angeles
  • Age: 27
  • Bio: As a redshirt freshman in college with the University of Tennessee, Candace Parker was the first women's college basketball player to dunk in an NCAA tournament (the Lady Vols retired her jersey this year). In 2008, during her first season with the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, Parker, a forward, was named Rookie of the Year and grabbed MVP honors. This summer was the first time that the two-time Olympic Gold medalist got to play in an All-Star Game, a clincher in which Parker scored a record-high 23 points, 11 rebounds and three assists to come from behind and 
    grab the title for the West. She was named MVP, of course. "I've waited six years to be in the All-Star Game, and it just makes it that much more special."

    Visit her website and like her Facebook page. 

  • Fun Fact: Parker's big brother, Anthony Parker, was an NBA player who spent most of his career with the Toronto Raptors.