When the Celtics signed Jabari Parker final week, it got here with many questions on what he may probably convey to a different NBA group. The previous quantity two general decide has been on six totally different rosters over his quick curler coaster profession. Parker, 26, now finds himself trying to make an influence on a Boston Celtics group hoping for a deep playoff push.
A very powerful facet to recollect about this Jabari Parker signing is that it’s low danger. There are numerous considerations with Parker, however these considerations ought to be tempered contemplating the timing and price. The Celtics (and extra importantly, Celtics followers) should be affected person along with his output and comprehend it might be rewarded with excessive upside potential.
To date in his two video games with the Celtics, there was a glimpse of what that offense punch could look like. In his first two video games, he’s averaging 9.5 factors and a couple of.5 rebounds a recreation. It’s modest manufacturing however sufficient to nonetheless present that he has one thing to supply, significantly to a younger bench with out constant measurement and scoring within the entrance court docket. He introduced it the primary recreation with the Celtics scoring extra factors than he did his complete season with the Kings.
This was Jabari Parker’s greatest offense possession to date with the Celtics. He gathers the ball within the publish with composure and pulls off a shot nobody was prepared for from him. This kind of approach and savviness to create a gap like that is what doesn’t go away even after two torn ACL’s. Parker was clean and bought the autumn away bucket prefer it was nothing.
This second clip additionally exhibits Jabari Parker’s measurement and power. Once more, it is a ability that isn’t misplaced with break day the court docket. In three totally different occasions on this Warriors recreation, Parker was in a position to get a put again bucket after an offensive rebound.
Even with all the nice to date, the most important weak point in Parker’s recreation is his protection. It has plagued him at occasions and actually has solely gotten worse after many accidents and surgical procedures which have slowed him down a bit. When he’s on the ground, it’s one thing that might be a difficulty for the second unit.
Right here, Parker will get circled after over pressuring and ending up on the incorrect aspect of the display. At that time, Thad Younger has a transparent path to the basket with Parker trailing him. So as to add insult to damage, he then gave up a careless foul for an and-1 basket.
This play is barely a small instance, but it surely does present the place he can find yourself sometimes on mixing up screens or positioning himself away from the basket. His purpose must be utilizing his measurement and power to influence photographs across the basket. He ought to even suppose to sag off a bit extra simply to not be out of place across the rim.
He has introduced some offense to a bench unit that wants it, and that facet might be hopefully replicated for the long run. Issues may change when Evan Fournier and others come again from damage. The minutes will shift round a bit with what Stevens needs out of the bench. A bench lineup with Fournier and Parker for the offense with three defensive minded younger gamers is a formulation that would carry the minutes whereas the starters get some relaxation.
All in all, it’s nice to see Jabari Parker again on the court docket wholesome once more. He seems to be absolutely rested and able to make an influence for a group in competition. Everybody is aware of thus far how Brad Stevens is a wizard at unlocking one of the best in each participant he coaches. Hopefully, it will likely be the identical for Parker. He is aware of he can play a complimentary position with much less strain. It ought to be thrilling to see what he can do for the Celtics in inexperienced.