First at last for Candace Parker

Candace Parker is averaging 18.1 points and 9.2 rebounds this season and has started all 18 games for the 12-6 Sparks. Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images

She was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 WNBA draft and became the first player to earn MVP and rookie of the year awards in the same season. She was the second player in league history to dunk and the first player to dunk in consecutive games. And she’s won two Olympic gold medals with Team USA. But one thing Candace Parker has never done? Played in the WNBA All-Star Game. The Los Angeles Sparks’ center/forward will be making her first appearance Saturday (3:30 ET, ABC) at Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun after being the top vote-getter in the Western Conference. Parker was selected for the All-Star Game in 2011 but missed the game due to an injury. There were no All-Star Games in 2012 and 2008 due to the Olympics. The birth of her daughter cut into her 2009 season, and her 2010 season ended after 10 games with a shoulder injury.