By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 4, 2014
Jabari Parker is going to be a hot topic over the next couple months, and a lot of NBA teams probably wish he would slip to them in the draft. Unfortunately for the Utah Jazz, they did not land in the top three of the lottery, which likely takes them out of contention for the former Duke Blue Devils forward. Here are five reasons why the Jazz wish they could bring Parker to Utah.
Parker watched Oscar Robertson quite a lot as a young player, and you can tell that it has had an impact on his game. I love the fundamentals of the small forward, and I think that any NBA team could find a spot on their roster for the Chicago native.
Parker will have no shortage of alumni parties that he could attend around the NBA, and it is probably quite nice to have a safety net of connections in the league. He might even end up on a team with some other former Blue Devils, but that still remains to be seen.
Parker's religion may not seem like a huge factor, but I would imagine that it is something that he holds onto throughout his career. The top three teams in the draft will continue to study Parker's gametape, but they should also try to look into his soul. He is a high character young man in my opinion, and he will make a huge difference wherever he lands.
Parker's naysayers will point to the Blue Devils' first round exit from the NCAA tournament, but I would encourage folks to look back even further. The forward won four state titles for Simeon Academy (IL) back in the day, and he should play for a championship or two during his time in the NBA.
When Parker is on the floor, you know that he is almost always going to make the right basketball play. It makes him super fun to be teammates with, and he reminds me a lot of Tim Duncan in that respect. if his teammates are running on the fast break, then the former Blue Devil will throw them the rock. This is the main reason that Parker would fit on your favorite team.
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