Many seem to have forgotten this, but when he was drafted it was Jabari Parker who was meant to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the NBA’s promised land, not Giannis Antetokounmpo. Since then Jabari suffered an unfortunate injury in his rookie year, delaying his development.
Still, he showed a lot of raw potential last season. Now that he’ll have a full offseason to polish his game and a better team around him, Jabari Parker will be set to explode onto the NBA landscape next season.
He’s already shown that he’s damn near unstoppable with the ball on the baseline. Imagine adding a reliable three-point shot to the mix of offensive skills Jabari already has. It doesn’t take much imagination to picture Jabari draining threes–he took over 100 threes at Duke, and made 35.8 percent of them.
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With the Bucks poised to make a run at being a playoff team once more and teams having to respect Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton around him, the scene is set for Jabari Parker to remind everybody of why he nearly went first overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
It wouldn’t be surprising at all to see him make the kind of leap Giannis made from his second to third year, even with the ACL injury two years ago. Jabari started much more polished than Giannis did, meaning despite the setback he should still be on pace to become very good soon.
Milwaukee Bucks fans can only hope all of these players end up making all of these leaps forward. If Milwaukee’s potential pays off, the Bucks will be scary sooner rather than later.