Candace Parker: Superstar Forward Will Lead LA Sparks Back to Prominence

Nicholas GossCorrespondent IJuly 11, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 26:  Candace Parker #3 of the Los Angeles Sparks reacts during the WNBA game against the Phoenix Mercury at US Airways Center on May 26, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Sparks defeated the Mercury 99-88.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Candace Parker will lead the Los Angeles Sparks back to prominence this season when she dominates the competition with MVP-caliber performances.

The former Tennessee Volunteers star is averaging 18.8 points and 10.1 rebounds per game this season and is leading the Sparks in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots.

She's one of the brightest stars in the league, and her play will help the Sparks contend for the WNBA title again.

The Sparks were one of the league's original franchises in 1997 and have only missed the playoffs three times in their history. One of those seasons was last year, when Parker only played in 17 games.

She has come into this seasons stronger than ever, and as long as the Sparks have her on the court, they will be one of the tougher teams to beat, especially in the playoffs.

Parker is a force in the paint and is a fantastic defender who makes it difficult for teams to drive to the basket and score. She's a complete player, and her competitive fire is contagious.

The Sparks have won three games in a row and are playing some of their best basketball of the entire season. Parker is leading the way and proving to be unstoppable when on top of her game.

Los Angeles hasn't won a WNBA title since the 2002 season, but with Parker leading the charge, they could return to prominence in the very near future.