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Duke Basketball: 5 Reasons Why Jabari Parker Must Declare For 2014 NBA Draft

Duke Basketball: 5 Reasons Why Jabari Parker Must Declare For 2014 NBA Draft

Jabari Parker
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A huge piece in college basketball's loaded freshmen class this year is 6-foot-8 scoring machine Jabari Parker. After a year under Mike Krzyzewski at Duke, Parker is ready for the NBA for these five reasons.

5. Offensively Ready

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5. Offensively Ready

Jabari Parker
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The offensive fluidity and smoothness that Jabari Parker brings every time he touches the ball is seldom seen. His capabilities on the offensive end will have an immediate impact at the NBA level, which is an opportunity he shouldn't pass up.

4. Potential 1st Pick

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4. Potential 1st Pick

Jabari Parker
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The lifelong dream of any basketball player is to be the first overall pick in the NBA Draft, and Parker seems to be the favorite this year. It would be a huge risk for him to pass on this draft to return for a sophomore season, given his premier draft stock.

3. Injury Risk

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3. Injury Risk

Jabari Parker
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Along with the risk of Jabari passing on being the top pick comes the risk of injury during a second season at Duke. Although there's only a small chance of it happening, his way of attacking the basket and creating room leaves him vulnerable for an injury. Leaving to the NBA while he’s healthy would be in his best interest.

2. Immediate Star

Jabari Parker
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2. Immediate Star

Jabari Parker
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With the utter chaos that is the Milwaukee Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers, Jabari Parker has the talent and basketball IQ that would allow him to come in and immediately become the star of such teams.

1. Offensive Freedom

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1. Offensive Freedom

Jabari Parker
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Other than Parker, Duke players know how to take shots in bunches. At times, this took away from Parker’s offensive opportunities. At the NBA level, Parker will have that offensive freedom, considering he'll fall to one of the league’s worst teams.