Candace Parker is in the forefront of the Los Angeles Sparks’ recent surge and likewise, Jonquel Jones is leading the Connecticut to do the same.
Both players are named WNBA Players of the Week for the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively, for games played June 12-18.
Parker earned Player of the Week honors for the 19th time in her 10-year career. Behind the 6-4 forward/center, the Sparks went 3-0 for the week and improved to 8-3 overall, the second-best record in the WNBA. Among West players, the two-time WNBA MVP was seventh in scoring (18.0 ppg) and rebounding (6.3 rpg). She also tied for second in blocks (2.0 bpg) and for third in assists (5.0 apg). Parker was eighth in three-point shooting (.417, 5-of-12) and made 13 of her 14 attempts from the free throw line (.929).
Jones earned Player of the Week honors for the first time in her two WNBA seasons. In leading the Sun to a 2-0 week, Jones paced the Eastern Conference in rebounding (10.0 rpg) and blocks (2.5 bpg) and shared the lead in steals (2.0 spg). She also ranked sixth in scoring (17.5 ppg) and third in field goal percentage (.737, 14-of-19).
Other candidates for the Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week were Connecticut’s Alyssa Thomas, Dallas’ Skylar Diggins-Smith, the Indiana Fever’s Tiffany Mitchell, Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray and Nneka Ogwumike, New York’s Tina Charles and Shavonte Zellous, and the Washington Mystics’ Tayler Hill.