A high-risk high-reward potential signing, Jabari Parker offers a whole lot of talent.
Parker was the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and when healthy has developed himself into a being a high-level scorer.
Jabari was supposed to be the face of the Milwaukee Bucks for years to come. The problem has been his inability to stay healthy. Two different ACL tears have forced Parker to miss a chunk of his four-year career. Jabari is a 6’8″ 250 pound player.
When healthy, he can score the rock. During the 2016-17 season, Parker averaged career highs of over 20 points and 6 rebounds while also contributing nearly 3 dimes a game. Jabari has career shooting averages of 35% from deep and 51% from inside the arc.
He is not a liability on defense, but he is clearly not a high-level defender either.
A healthy Jabari would be a great fit in Phoenix as a good stretch-four-type player.
A restricted free agent, it will be interesting what he can fetch on the market and if the Bucks would be willing to pay up on an offer sheet. Milwaukee is building around superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo and there have been recent rumors that he was not exactly happy playing alongside Jabari and former Sun Eric Bledsoe (who – it was reported – they attempted to trade at the draft).
The upside could be great with Parker as he was compared to a Paul Pierce-type player coming into the League. However, how much money some team is willing to give him remains to be seen. You are only as good as your availability.