|No. 7 – Chicago Sky|
|Born||November 12, 1988|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||185 lb (84 kg)|
|High school||Cleveland Central Catholic|
|College||Ohio State (2007–2011)|
|WNBA draft||2011 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Los Angeles Sparks|
|2011–2018||Los Angeles Sparks|
|2012–2013||Beretta Famila Schio|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at WNBA.com|
Jantel Lavender (born November 12, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Indiana Fever of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was drafted with the fifth overall pick in the 2011 WNBA draft by the Los Angeles Sparks.
Lavender was a member of the USA Women's U18 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA Americas Championship in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The event was held in July 2006, when the USA team defeated Canada to win the championship. Lavender averaged 4.8 points per game. Lavender was a member of the USA Women's U19 team which won the gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Bratislava, Slovakia. The event was held in July and August 2007, when the USA team defeated Sweden to win the championship. Lavender scored 16 points in the preliminary round game against Lithuania, then scored 28 points in a win over Spain. She scored 25 points in the win over the Czech Republic. Over the course of the tournament, she averaged 16.0 points per game, second only to Maya Moore with 16.3 per game. Lavender led the team in rebounding, averaging 8.1 per game. Lavender was named a member of the team representing the US at the 2009 World University Games held in Belgrade, Serbia. The team won all seven games to earn the gold medal. She recorded a double-double, with 16 points and 12 rebounds against France. In the gold medal game against previously undefeated Russia, Lavender had 14 points.
Lavender was selected in the first round of the 2011 WNBA Draft (5th overall) by the Los Angeles Sparks. Throughout her first four seasons, she was a reserve on the Sparks' roster and had been a key contributor off the bench with her scoring and rebounding.
In 2015, Lavender re-signed with the Sparks once her rookie contract expired. Lavender had a breakout season in 2015. With Candace Parker sitting out the first half of the season to rest, Lavender became the Sparks' starting center. She would start in all 34 games and average a career-high 14.5 points per game along with 8.3 rebounds per game. That same year she was voted as a WNBA all-star for the first time in her career.
In the 2016 season, Lavender returned to the back-up center role on the team's roster, with Parker returning to the starting center position. Off the bench, Lavender was still effective for the Sparks, she had averaged 9.6 points per game and scored a career-high 25 points in an overtime regular season win against the Connecticut Sun. Her season performance would earn her the WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year Award. The Sparks finished 26–8, advancing all the way to the WNBA Finals and defeated the Minnesota Lynx 3 games to 2, as they won their first championship since 2002 as well as Lavender winning her first championship.
In 2017, Lavender signed a contract extension with the Sparks. During the 2017 season, Lavender averaged 7.3 ppg off the bench. The Sparks would once again finished as the number 2 seed in the league with the same record they posted last season, receiving a double-bye to the semi-finals. The Sparks would eliminate the Phoenix Mercury in a 3-game sweep, advancing to the Finals for the second season in a row, setting up a rematch with the Lynx. However, the Sparks would lose in five games, failing to win back-to-back championships.
In the 2018 season, Lavender played 30 games with 7 starts to help fill in the starting power forward role during Nneka Ogwumike's absence. The Sparks finished with a 19–15 record, clinching the number 6 seed. In the first round elimination game, the Sparks defeated the Minnesota Lynx 75–68, ending their streak of three consecutive Finals appearances. However, the Sparks would lose to the Washington Mystics in the second round elimination game, 96–64.
A few days before the 2019 season, Lavender was traded to the Chicago Sky in exchange for a 2020 second round draft pick.
In the 2010-11 off-season, Lavender played in Turkey for Beşiktaş JK. In the 2011-12 off-season, Lavender played in Poland for CCC Polkowice. In the 2012-13 off-season, Lavender played in Italy for PF Schio. From 2013–15, Lavender played two off-seasons in Poland once again for WBC Wisła Kraków. In the 2015-16 off-season, Lavender played for Fenerbahçe Istanbul in Turkey. As of August 2016, Lavender had re-signed with Fenerbahçe Istanbul for the 2016-17 off-season. In September 2017, Lavender signed with Yakin Dogu for the 2017-18 off-season. In the 2018-19 off-season, Lavender signed with Famila Schio of the Italian league.
|GP||Games played||GS||Games started||MPG||Minutes per game||RPG||Rebounds per game|
|APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game||BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game|
|TO||Turnovers per game||FG%||Field-goal percentage||3P%||3-point field-goal percentage||FT%||Free-throw percentage|
|Bold||Career high||°||League leader|
|†||Denotes seasons in which Lavender won a WNBA championship|
|Career||style="text-align:left;" 9 years, 2 teams||288||97||20.8||.507||.243||.820||4.8||1.0||0.4||0.6||1.3||8.7|
|Career||7 years, 1 team||29||5||16.3||.548||.182||.667||3.1||0.7||0.2||0.1||0.5||5.9|