Jabari’s All Set For A Big Season
It was clear from the moment that Milwaukee’s season finished prematurely last April that Jabari Parker was raring for a new season to begin, and if his preseason play is anything to go by, he’s well positioned to make a big impact.
Parker looks to be in the best shape of his life, and now even further removed from the ACL injury that disrupted his rookie season, his movement, ease and general awareness on the court seems better than ever.
Although defense is certainly an area where Parker will need to continue to improve, he’s shown a real hunger and intensity on that end of the floor in his team’s preseason games, particularly when it comes to amassing steals in the passing lane. Averaging 1.3 steals per game during Milwaukee’s four exhibition style games sets up extra opportunities for Parker to do what he does best, as he illustrated against the Bulls.
Also worth noting was the fact that play immediately followed up a made three-pointer from the Chicago native. The importance of Parker adding that shot has been a topic of frequent discussion, and with a 42.9 percent success rate on 1.8 attempts per game so far, at least the very early returns seem positive.
Always billed as an out and out scorer, Parker has the tools to breakout in a major way this season. Bucks fans will have no shortage of Jabari highlights over the coming months.