In August that year, Parker injured her knee again, and had surgery once more, causing her to redshirt her first year in college for the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
Parker played three years for the Lady Vols, leading them to the NCAA championship in 2007 and 2008. Although she was eligible to play another year for the Lady Vols, she was academically a senior, and elected to graduate with her class, and move into the WNBA.
Parker was the #1 pick in the draft by the Los Angeles Sparks, where she joined fellow Lady Vols alumnus Sydney Spencer, and Sparks star Lisa Leslie.
She is the first WNBA player to have won the WNBA MVP and the WNBA Rookie of the year award. Parker is also the first WNBA player to have dunk in consecutive games and scored most points with 34 as a rookie in her debut match.
In 2008, Parker has won various awards like the MVP award, Rookie of the year award, AP Female Athlete of the year, All-WNBA Team member and WNBA All-Rookie Team member. After giving birth, she missed the first eight games of the 2009 Season.
Despite missing several games, she was still named to the All-WNBA second team and the All-Defensive second team. She was only able to play for 10 games and missed the playoffs during the 2010 Season due to a shoulder injury. In 2011, she was hampered by yet another injury on her right knee.
Parker was able to play for the entire 2012 Season and was instrumental in bringing the team to the Western Conference Finals. She joined her first All-Star game and emerged as the MVP. Parker was also given the Most Valuable Player award in 2013.
She took a break to rest during the 2015 Season, but recorded a career-high 6.3 assists per game upon her return. She ranked first in the league in assists and rallied her team to the playoffs. In 2016, she recorded 31 points in a game against the Dallas Wings. The Sparks then went on to win the championship and Parker was named the MVP.
During the 2017 Season, Parker became the sixth player in WNBA history to reach triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists, and 17 rebounds. In 2018, Parker became the first player to achieve a statistics record of 21 points, 10 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks, and 9 rebounds in the history of the WNBA.
• Gold medalist, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games• Gold medal, 2012 London Olympic Games• Gold medal, 2004 U18 Mayaguez Championship• WNBA champion (2016)• WNBA Finals MVP (2016)• 2-time WNBA MVP (2008, 2013)• 5-time WNBA All-Star (2011, 2013, 2014, 2017–2018)• WNBA All-Star Game MVP (2013)• WNBA Rookie of the Year (2008)• WNBA All-Rookie Team (2008)• 5-time All-WNBA First Team (2008, 2012–2014, 2017)• 3-time All-WNBA Second Team (2009, 2015, 2018)• 2-time WNBA All-Defensive Second. Team (2009, 2012)• 2-time WNBA rebounding leader (2008, 2009)• 2-time WNBA peak performer (2008, 2009)• WNBA Top [email protected] (2016)• 5-time Russian National League champion (2011–2015)• 4-time Russian Cup winner (2011–2014)• EuroLeague champion (2013)• 2-time NCAA champion (2007, 2008)• AP Female Athlete of the Year (2008)• USBWA College Player of the Year (2007, 2008)• Naismith College Player of the Year (2008)• John R. Wooden Award (2007, 2008)• Wade Trophy (2007)• Honda Sports Award for basketball (2007, 2008)• Honda-Broderick Cup (2008)