Jabari Parker’s rookie season fell flat. The talented forward suffered a torn ACL which forced the Bucks to shut him down. With Parker on the bench, the team churned out a playoff appearance.
While the team has seen much success due to the growth of players around Parker (Michael Carter-Williams, Giannis Ante) the Bucks will only go as far of Jabari takes them.
Based on reports on Jabari’s relentless work ethic this offseason, there is no doubt in my mind that Parker will turn the corner in 2016.
Jabari Parker showed flashes of brilliance before the injury ended his rookie campaign. Parker shot 49% from the field, which is amazing for a wing player in the NBA. He was also fairly active on the glass, averaging close to 6 rebounds per night. Defensively he was fairly efficient as well, as he logged a steal per game. With his size (6’8, 240) and non-stop motor, Parker could easily become a steal and a block per game guy.
What the stats don’t show is the plethora of ways Parker can create for himself and others. The footage above highlights numerous ways Parker can score. Jabari combines a deadly mid-range jumper with elite athleticism.
Many rookies get hurt their first year in the NBA and bounce back to have successful careers. Blake Griffin missed the whole rookie season after a freak pre-season injury.
Parker is a smart kid and student of the game. This offseason was spent building his body and mind. I can only imagine the countless hours he spent in the film room studying his game and players with similar skill sets in the NBA. If put in the right situation offensively, Parker could easily become at 18-20 point per game scorer during his 2nd year in the league.