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The official team photo of Los Angeles’ representative in America’s top women’s professional sports league, now in its 20th season. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com



2015 Record:  14-20, fourth place in the WNBA Western Conference, lost to Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs, two games to one

Coach:  Brian Agler (2nd year)

Top Players (2015 stats):

Candace Parker, F/C – 19.4 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 6.3 apg (team leader in all three categories)

Nnega Ogwumike, F – 16.5 ppg, 7.3 rpg

Jantel Levender, C – 14.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg

Kristi Toliver, PG – 12.4 ppg, 3.7 apg

First Place Conference Finishes:  Six (latest in 2006)

WNBA Championships:  Two (2001, 2002)

First Season: 1997

Home:  Staples Center, capacity 13,141

Current Record:  1-0, beat Seattle 96-66 on May 15th

Next Game:  Friday, May 20th at Washington Mystics


Candace Parker, the face of the L.A. Sparks for this past decade. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com



After researching these Sparks, one of the WNBA’s flagship franchises, one thought was prevalent…

As goes Candace Parker, so goes the Sparks.

A perfect case in point:

Last season, the eight-year star out of Tennessee sat out the first half of the Sparks’ campaign to rest her body and avoid burn-out after playing in Europe.

The Sparks won just three of 13 games in her absence.

After Parker rejoined the team on July 29th against Minnesota, the team went a respectable 11-7 and, led by her 19 points and ten boards per game, managed to sneak into the playoffs despite having one of their worst records in their history.


A video of the 2016 Sparks Fan Experience, courtesy of YouTube:


As for this season…

From looking at the roster and 2015’s stats, the Sparks seem to have a strong frontcourt with Ogwumike and Levender complimenting Parker.

They will also be depending on guards Toliver and 12-year veteran Alana Beard.

Of course one game, as good as it was (the Sparks winning by 30 points) does not project how a team will do in a season, in any sport.

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Generated by IJG JPEG Library Sparks player driving to the basket during a game at Staples Center. Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com


And never will.

But it seems that these Sparks have as good a chance as anyone to be a factor and contend for a WNBA title.

I have plans to see for myself as I plan to take in a game at Staples Center sometime this summer, not only to check out the Sparks but to also check out Staples as I – with great astonishment – have never been there.

I plan to do an article about the Staples Center experience – what the sight lines are like from its seats, how the food is, what the costs are for souvenirs, what the atmosphere is like for a game – much like this site did for Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium last year.

Suffice it to say, I’m looking forward to checking out that downtown L.A. arena!

And I likewise wish this band of Sparks sisters all the best of luck as they kick off their 20th season!



A group of Sparks celebrating during a recent game. Photo courtesy of sportsbookreview.com