Candace Parker, the 6'4" forward for the Los Angeles Sparks has had a year few athletes, male or female, can lay claim to. It all began with winning the second of her back to back NCAA titles with the Tennessee Volunteers, despite an injured shoulder.
Shortly there after she was the top pick in the WNBA draft.
In her first game as a pro she dominated, posting the best debut in WNBA history. Missing a triple double by two assists, scoring 34 and grabbing 12 boards.
On May 29th, she put up 16 points, 16 rebounds, six blocked shots, five assists and five steals.
She led all rookies with astounding numbers: 18.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.3 bpg and 33.6 mpg on her way to winning Rookie of the Year honors.
Candace was deservedly named the leagues' MVP. She is the first player to receive both ROY and MVP, in the same season, in league history.