If you happen to have been shocked to get the Twitter notification that Boston was signing Jabari Parker, you weren’t the one one. The Celtics will reportedly waive Moritz Wagner so as to add Parker. Per Shams Charania of The Athletic, Parker will signal a two-year take care of Boston.
Earlier than we get to what Parker might deliver to the Celtics on the ground, let’s cowl some basic causes Danny Ainge might have made this transfer.
Wagner was, at finest, a fifth large for Boston. He’s behind Robert Williams, Tristan Thompson, Grant Williams and Luke Kornet within the large man rotation. He’s not versatile sufficient to play the 4, so he’s actually a pure 5 for the Celtics. There isn’t a cause to maintain Wagner for the spot he had, given Tacko Fall can fill the identical position.
What Boston is in want of is extra bench scoring, and ideally scoring with some measurement. When wholesome, Evan Fournier will present the majority of that, however he’s the lone confirmed, constant scorer among the many reserves. Nobody who’s categorized as a frontcourt participant off the pine might be counted on to attain, particularly not off the dribble or from the perimeter. Enter Parker.
From a roster and cap perspective, it’s extremely possible that Parker will signal a two-year minimal contract. It’s additionally possible that the second yr is generally, if not totally, non-guaranteed. As well as, although it feels as if he’s been within the NBA without end, Parker simply turned 26 years previous in mid-March. That’s younger sufficient that he ought to nonetheless have some productiveness left in him.
Lastly, Parker ought to come to Boston recent and able to play. He’s performed in simply three video games this season and solely 9 video games total because the Sacramento Kings acquired him from the Atlanta Hawks on the 2020 commerce deadline.
When wholesome, and given minutes, Parker has all the time been a reliable scorer. As not too long ago as final season, he was averaging 15 factors per recreation for the Hawks. For his profession, Parker has averaged 14.8 factors on 49% from the sector, 32% from three and 74% on the free throw line.
Parker has by no means been a man who will blow by somebody off the dribble, however he’s a adequate ballhandler that he pairs it together with his measurement to get finishes on the rim. He’s additionally bought good contact on his mid-range jumper.
In his lone significant minutes this season, Parker performed 16 minutes towards the Milwaukee Bucks, who initially drafted him in 2014. In that late-February recreation, Parker confirmed he nonetheless has some offensive abilities.
As a result of he’s 6’8’’ with some bulk, Parker can nonetheless rating over smaller defenders. He does a pleasant job utilizing the dribble to set himself up for the jumper right here:
In that very same recreation, Parker went to his left hand for a pleasant end over Brook Lopez out of pick-and-roll:
On this play, Parker reveals he nonetheless has slightly explosion left, as he makes use of the power-dribble to rise up for the layup in some visitors:
Parker has by no means been an excellent rebounder, however he does advantageous on the boards, contemplating he’s normally performed alongside high quality glass eaters.
Parker’s protection has by no means been adequate to go towards frontline gamers. Towards reserves, he can kind of maintain his personal. It’s additionally been a very long time since Parker has performed with good defenders and in an excellent defensive system. He’ll by no means be an excellent defender, but when he can a minimum of be satisfactory, that’s a win.
General, this signing possible doesn’t change a lot for Boston. Parker will most likely see time when the Celtics want slightly scoring punch. His most important rivals for minutes are most likely Grant Williams and Semi Ojeleye. Williams is a greater defender, higher outdoors shooter and has proven some means to move the ball. Ojeleye is each a much better defender and a extra constant outdoors shooter. Parker is a greater scorer off the dribble and may create his personal offense extra simply than Williams or Ojeleye can.
On the nights when the Boston bench isn’t producing factors, Parker can be referred to as upon to attempt to get the offense going. He’s somebody Brad Stevens can run units for to get him in good spots to attain. However most nights, offense isn’t the issue for the Celtics.
In the long run, this can be a no-risk, potentially-decent-reward kind of signing. Wagner had no current, nor future, in Boston. Parker’s deal is prone to value the group little or no. If he pops, Boston can have him on a budget for subsequent season. These minimal contract, end-of-bench signings have labored out for Danny Ainge prior to now with gamers like Daniel Theis, Brad Wanamaker and Javonte Inexperienced. At finest, Parker can have an identical kind of affect as these gamers had on their authentic offers with the Celtics. If not, Boston strikes on with nothing misplaced.
Additionally, let’s not neglect that Brad Stevens has a fairly good observe file of rehabbing the worth of former #2 total picks that the NBA gave up on. He wants solely to look down the bench at Evan Turner for a reminder.