5 Moments That Solidify Candace Parker’s GOAT Status in the WNBA


May 1, 2024

Parker, who began her career in 2008, announced her retirement from the WNBA on April 28th.

Candace Parker’s recent retirement announcement left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of WNBA fans everywhere. But while her playing days may be over, her legacy as “a trailblazer and inspiration [and] that girl” is far from over. Here are just five moments that solidify Candace Parker’s place as the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) of the WNBA:


1. First to the Cover: In a history-making move, Candace Parker became the first WNBA player ever to grace the cover of the popular NBA 2K video game. This wasn’t just a win for Parker; it was a giant leap forward for the visibility of women’s basketball.

2. Timeless Talent: As the WNBA celebrated its 25th anniversary, Candace Parker was rightfully included in the league’s top 25 players of all time. Her longevity, skill, and consistent dominance cemented her place among the WNBA’s all-time greats.

3. A Voice for Change: Candace Parker’s influence extends far beyond the court. Recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in 2022, she used her platform to advocate for social justice and equality, inspiring generations of young women to find their voices.


4. An Icon for All: Complex Sports wasn’t wrong in listing Candace as an honorable mention on its 2023 Top 25 Sports Personalities list. Candace Parker’s impact transcends basketball. Her dedication to the game, her fierce work ethic, and her commitment to uplifting her community make her a role model for athletes and aspiring leaders everywhere.

5. Because of Her, We Play: Candace Parker’s philanthropic efforts, like her recent partnership with Gatorade to donate $100,000 to youth athletics, ensure that future generations have the opportunity to chase their dreams on the court.

Candace Parker’s legacy is more than just championships and accolades. It’s about shattering glass ceilings, using her platform for good, and inspiring countless young girls to believe they can be the next GOAT. Because of her, we can.


Cover photo: 5 Moments That Prove Candace Parker’s GOAT Status / Photo Credit: Nolis Anderson/TIME

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