It was good to see Candace Parker let her hair down. Although, technically, her hair was already looking quite natural and "let down" in a wavy, poofy, shoulder-length Afro. "Nice hair you've got there," said Los Angeles Sparks point guard Chelsea Gray, in a playful tone, which immediately put a smile on Parker's face.
For the first time in her 13-year career, Candace Parker is the WNBA Defensive Player of the Year. Parker won the 2020 award by earning 16 votes from a 47-person panel, as each media member only votes for one player. Seattle Storm wing Alysha Clark was second with 11 votes, and Connecticut Sun forward Alyssa Thomas — long heralded as the point-forward successor to Parker — was third with 10 votes.
September 24, 2020 Los Angeles Sparks forward/center Candace Parker has been named the 2020 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year, the WNBA announced today. This is the first WNBA Defensive Player of the Year Award for Parker, who is in her 13th WNBA season. Parker received 16 votes from a national panel of 47 sportswriters and broadcasters.