The Milwaukee Bucks are in full tank mode and may end with the worst record in the league. This year’s top draft choices are expected to be future stars and top prizes for teams that are tanking. Jabari Parker, Duke‘s superstar forward, is one of those top prizes.
Parker is everything an NBA team wants in a small forward. At 6-foot-8, he is a scoring machine who can rebound and makes smart decisions with and without the ball. This season at Duke, he is averaging 18.8 points per game. Parker can score from the inside and outside as well (38.2 percent from beyond the arc). From an offensive standpoint, Parker is a NBA-ready player.
If there is a knock on Parker, it’s that his defense is not great, or at least not consistent. He often draws comparisons to New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is also an offensive monster with questionable defensive skills. However, look at the Bucks’ current roster loaded with young and defensive talents like Larry Sanders, John Henson and Giannis Antetokounmpo; an offensive weapon such as Parker should complement this defensive core.
A lot of Bucks fans may see a lot of Glen Robinson in Parker. That should be a good thing. For one, Robinson’s time with the Bucks was the last sustained run at more than an eighth seed, and this time the Bucks are planning to have a defense in place. A defense and an explosive scorer like Parker? Not bad for a team presently in tank mode.
David is a NBA writer for Rant Sports. Follow David S. Grant on Twitter @david_s_grant