SEATTLEÂ – The Seattle Storm signed veteran forwardÂ Candice Dupree, the franchise announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Candice brings championship experience and has been an impact player in the WNBA during her entire career,” Storm CEO and General ManagerÂ Alisha ValavanisÂ said. “We are excited to welcome Candice to Storm basketball.”
A 15-year WNBA veteran, Dupree is the fifth all-time scorer (6728) and the sixth all-time rebounder (3071) in WNBA history. Dupree is joined by Tamika Catchings and Tina Thompson as the only three players to average double-figure scoring in 14 or more consecutive seasons.
Dupree has averaged 14.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game in her illustrious WNBA career. She has started every playoff game she has played in, averaging 14.8 points and shooting 56.9% from the field.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to have to have an opportunity to play for the Seattle Storm,” Dupree said. “To be 15 years in and have an opportunity to play for a contender and compete for a back to back championship is awesome. I look forward to playing alongside some of the best in the game and bringing another championship back to the great city of Seattle.”
Dupree was selected No. 6 overall in the 2006 WNBA draft to the Chicago Sky. She was a member of the WNBA All-Rookie team and earned her first All-Star appearance. In 2010, she was traded to the Phoenix Mercury as part of a three-team, multi-player deal. Dupree helped lead the Mercury to six WNBA playoff appearances and was a member of their 2014 Championship team.
In Phoenix, she set several team records including the highest field goal percentage in a season (.664, 2010), and the most rebounds in a game (19, 9/3/2011) and season (279, 2011). In 2011, she recorded 10 double-doubles, including four consecutive double-doubles, both tied for franchise records.Â In 2017, she was traded to the Indiana Fever in another three-team deal.
At Temple University, Dupree was a two-time AP All-American. She has an accomplished international resumé, winning two gold medals as a member of USA FIBA World Championship teams (2010, 2014). She was named the top power forward in Europe by EuroBasket.com in 2011, and the EuroLeague Defensive Player of the Year in 2010.
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