Jabari Parker might be the most NBA-ready player in the draft this year. He combines above-average athleticism with an all-around offensive game and high basketball IQ into one spectacular package. It would be easy to argue that he was the most productive of these three, with his 19.1 and 8.7 rebounds for Duke.
Parker may not have the elite athleticism of Wiggins or the stout defensive ability of Embiid, but he’s a guy that could step right into an NBA lineup and produce.
So what does Parker do well?
A lot of everything. He shoots better than 50.4 percent from inside the arc, and 35.8 percent from behind it. Parker also shoots 74.8 percent from the free throw line. He’s an all-around good shooter, and while his three-point percentage could be better, he was more of a stretch-four in college and that’s not terrible.
Parker isn’t the world’s best defender, he’s actually average (99.3 defensive rating), but his ability to guard bigger 4’s or smaller, quicker 3’s at the next level could be an issue. Obvioulsy, “tweeners” have managed to find a place in the league, and when you are as talented as Parker is, I can’t imagine he’ll have much of an issue.
Where does he fit best?
Jabari Parker would fit in well and give Milwaukee a true go-to guy from day one. Cleveland probably isn’t the best fit for Parker anyway, so this seems to be a win-win. Parker could have been a good fit in Philadelphia too, as he would have been able to take some pressure off of Michael Carter-Williams. Instead, I think John Henson and Larry Sanders can make up for some of Parker’s defensive deficiencies.
Who drafts him?
Milwaukee, keeping him close to home. Parker agrees.
“I had some comfort level with them, especially with them telling me, ‘We want you.’ I didn’t really get answers from the Cavs, so I’m just going with what I’m certain with.”