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Jabari Parker To Return Friday Against the New York Knicks

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The Third Times A Charm, Jabari Parker To Return Friday

Friday night, Jabari Parker will make his season debut at home against the New York Knicks.

Parker was cleared by the team’s medical staff to return this Friday. Parker tore his ACL February 8th last year. The forward played 51 games prior to tearing his ACL.

The 3-year veteran also suffered an ACL injury during his rookie season where he only played 25 games. October 16th, 2017, the Bucks and Parker were not able to come to terms on a contract extension.

Free Agency this summer?

I am sure you can imagine that the former Duke Blue Devils injury history factored into the decision for both parties to move on.

However, the addition of Parker if healthy can provide the team’s offense with another dimension. Before the small forward was taken second overall in the 2014 NBA draft he was compared to Carmelo Anthony.

The Chicago native has a silky smooth jump shot and the ability to slither to the rim. In addition to his offensive repertoire, he actually can play defense when healthy.  Parker will provide this team with perimeter shooting.

Before tearing his ACL last year he was averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. (Per the NBA) Having the former Blue Devil in the lineup is a plus for the Bucks who are currently in sixth place in the Eastern Conference with a (27-22) record.

New and Improved Bucks?

Adding the 250 pound forward to the line-up with the upcoming Giannis Antetokounmpo could work out if he can stay healthy. Both players will be able to co-exist on the floor together because of their ability to create for themselves.

Now, this will take time, but returning to a flatten Eastern Conference will benefit the small forward in the long run. Parker will have eight games under his belt before the All-Star break.

If healthy the small forward could be a building piece for teams on the rise. The fact that he will be a free agent adds a bit of pressure, but I am sure he is used to it having played in Cameron Indoor Stadium for a year. (2013-14)

Playoff Possibilities:

The former ACC Freshman of the year has a lot to prove in so little time. But this will be a win, win situation for both the Bucks and Parker.  For the first few games, the 3-year vet will come off of the bench to ease back into game speed.

Assuming that the 6-foot-8 forward stays healthy for the remainder of the season the starting line-up could have endless potential. The starting line-up could include Eric Bledsoe, Khris Middleton, Jabari Parker, Giannis Antetokounmpo and John Henson.

The Bucks will also have a solid bench which could consist of Matthew Dellavedova, Malcolm Brogdon, Tony Snell, D.J. Wilson and Sterling Brown.

We could also see some small minutes from Jason Terry and Marshall Plumlee.

Career-wise the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 15.8 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. (Per the NBA)

Receiving Parker for the second half of the season could help the team get out of the first round of the playoffs but nothing more.

How do you think Jabari Parker will do Friday night?

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