L.A. Sparks' Candace Parker has been on a roll the last few years. Winning an Olympic Gold medal, a national college championship and college player of the year honors, have all been great testaments to her athletic abilities on the court. But, let's throw two more awards into the bowl.
How about League MVP and Rookie of the Year!
On Friday, the WNBA awarded Parker the league MVP trophy as well as Rookie of the Year honors, making her the first player to win both trophies in the same year.
"You know, Coach (Michael) Cooper set this goal for me early on, and I looked at him like he was crazy,'' Parker told NBC Sports. "He's like, 'We're going to win the rookie of the year, and you're going to win a championship and you're going to win the MVP.' I just looked at him like, 'That's what you expect of me already?''
The Sparks didn't make it to the finals this year, after being knocked out by the San Antonio Silver Stars. But that doesn't really matter because it's almost inevitable that Parker will go to a championship sometime in the future.
She was the #1 pick in the draft this season coming out of the University of Tennessee and averaged 18.5 points and 9.5 rebounds a game.