VFL Candace Parker Makes History As First Female NBA 2K Cover Athlete

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    Candice Parker NBA 2k

    (Photo via @ShamsCharania on Twitter)

    Candace Parker has been a trailblazer her whole career, and while she has many impressive accomplishments under her belt, she will now make history once again as she will be the first female athlete to grace the cover of the iconic NBA 2K video game franchise.

    The six-time all-star has been nothing less than revolutionary to the sport of basketball. That includes both men’s and women’s hoops, as well.

    Parker, 35-years-old, is currently averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 3.8 assists per game. She is in her 14th year in the WNBA.

    The Chicago Sky forward hasn’t only found her path on the court though. Parker has recently transitioned into TV commentary roles as well.

    Parker, Tennessee basketball’s first-ever NBA 2K cover athlete, spent 13 years with the Los Angeles Sparks before she started her first year with the Sky in 2021. But during that transition, Parker routinely impressed basketball fans everywhere with her commentary on TNT.

    Who could forget this iconic moment, either?

    “Take the surprise out of your voice, Shaq,” Parker calmly responded to the giant after he was taken back by her award.

    Parker’s time at Tennessee was nothing short of unforgettable. During her three years with the Lady Vols, Parker averaged more than 19 points per game in her career.

    Candace Parker NBA 2K

    (Photo via Tennessee Athletics)

    Parker was the Naismith College Player of the Year and the AP Female Athlete of the Year in 2008. Not to mention, Parker is also a two-time NCAA Champion, of course.

    In the WNBA, Parker has accumulated a laundry list of accomplishments during her career.

    Parker is a WNBA Champion (2016), WNBA Finals MVP (2016), two-time WNBA MVP, six-time WNBA all-star, and was the WNBA Rookie of the Year in 2008.

    And now, former Tennessee basketball icon Candace Parker is also the first female cover athlete in NBA 2K history.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.