Tennessee Legend Candace Parker Nominated for Two Prestigious ESPY Awards

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    Tennessee and WNBA legend Candace Parker has officially been nominated for two individual ESPY awards. According to ESPN Press Room on Tuesday, Parker has been nominated for “Best Athlete, Women’s Sports” and “Best WNBA Player”. In addition, Parker’s Chicago Sky has also been nominated for the “Best Team” award.

    Parker, a 7x WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, led the Chicago Sky to the WNBA Championship title during the 2021 season.

    The 2022 ESPYs Award Show will take place on July 20, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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    Best Athlete, Women’s Sports

    • Oksana Masters, Cross Country Skiing, Road Cycling, Biathlon
    • Sunisa Lee, Gymnastics
    • Katie Ledecky, Swimming
    • Candace Parker, Chicago Sky

    Best WNBA Player

    • Jonquel Jones, Connecticut Sun
    • Sylvia Fowles, Minnesota Lynx
    • Skylar Diggins-Smith, Phoenix Mercury
    • Candace Parker, Chicago Sky

    Best Team

    • Golden State Warriors, NBA
    • Chicago Sky, WNBA
    • Atlanta Braves, MLB
    • Los Angeles Rams, NFL
    • Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA Softball
    • Georgia Bulldogs, NCAA Football
    • Colorado Avalanche, NHL

    In the midst of her 15th NBA season, Parker is averaging 12.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 4.7 assists per game in her 16 contests so far. Parker and the Chicago Sky are currently leading the WNBA Eastern division with a dominant record of 13-5.

    Parker was also recently named a 2022 WNBA All-Star starter this past week. The WNBA All-Star game will take place in front of the Sky’s home crowd in Chicago.

    A full list of the 2022 ESPYs nominees can be found here.

    Voting for Candace Parker and the ESPY awards can be found here.

    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.