Basketball News: WNBA Superstar Candace Parker Set to Join Guangdong Dolphins in WCBA Playoffs
Three-time WNBA All-Star Candace Parker will be playing for the Guandong Dolphins for the 2015-2016 Chinese Women's Basketball Association (WCBA) playoffs, the club announced on Saturday.
29-year-old Parker, a two-time MVP of the Women's National Basketball Association, will be replacing the Belarusian center Yelena Leuchanka, who played for the Charlotte Sting, the Washington Mystics and the Atlanta Dream during her WNBA tour.
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"Yelena will compete in EuroBasket qualifications for her country, so we've got to find another foreign player," said Wang Jue, the club's general manager.
According to Xinhua, 32-year-old Yelena averaged 20.8 points and 13.1 rebounds in the 25 games she played this season.
Parker was the 2008 WNBA draft No. 1 pick selected by the Los Angeles Sparks and played alongside Olympic teammates and WNBA greats Lisa Leslie and Delisha Milton-Jones. She won the Rookie of the Year and the Most Valuable Player awards in the same season and became the first WNBA to achieve such feat.
The WNBA superstar is a part of the US Women's Olympic Basketball Team that competed and won the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the 2012 London Olympics.
She played college basketball at the University of Tennessee where she led the Lady Vols to two consecutive NCAA Championships (2007 and 2008) before turning pro.
Parker has very impressive career stats. She averages 17.8 points, 9.1 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.9 blocks, and 1.4 steals per game.
The high profile and multi-titled basketball player arrived in China on Saturday and is expected to attend the team's practice session within two days.
"Hoping that she can be of much help on our way ahead," commented Wang. According to him, the final four is the team's minimum target, before fighting for more glory.
The first round of WCBA playoff will begin in February and Guangdong will face Shenyang Army.