Phoenix Suns: 2 Former Lottery Picks to Claim Off Waivers

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Phoenix Suns, Jabari Parker
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The Phoenix Suns Should Sign Jabari Parker

Almost every Suns fan wants the team to pursue Thaddeus Young either via a trade or the buyout market this year. However, Jabari Parker offers as a similar skillset at a much cheaper price and with greater potential.

Stretching out to six-foot-eight while weighing 245 pounds, Parker still carries right frame to operate as a solid defender and scorer along the block. He handles the rock well and knows how to utilize his size to create for himself and others.

Last year, Parker appeared during 13 games with the Sacramento Kings and Boston Celtics. He averaged 6.4 points and 3.6 rebounds per game. He knows how to work as an enforcer for the team both down low and along the wing, filling the hole left behind by Torrey Craig.

Although his injury woes might argue differently, Parker is also just 25 years old. Even Cameron Johnson is older than him, so giving up on this former collegiate superstar and former second overall pick feels incredibly foolish at this point.

Additionally, nobody leads young men into battle on the basketball court better than Monty Williams. Having already turned Ayton into a star after many called him a bust during his career’s early stages, Williams strikes as the perfect guy to foster Parker’s rebirth.

The Celtics just cut him, but he deserves a spot at the end of Phoenix’s bench. But even if not, sign him to a two-way contract. The risk-reward potential still jumps off the charts no matter which slot he fills.