Jabari Parker won’t ever live up to pre-draft scouting reports. Even before his admittedly promising rookie season was cut short by a torn ACL in mid-December 2014, it had become clear the Milwaukee Bucks forward wasn’t quite the ready-made NBA scorer so many believed him to be following an award-winning season at Duke University.
Parker doesn’t have the athletic verve or overall skill set of natural-born alpha dogs like Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Durant. He lacks the short-area quickness to consistently beat opposing wings off the bounce or defend them full time on the other end, and his jumper isn’t anything close to its initial description as a finished product. The 20-year-old has a limited repertoire of moves and counters on the perimeter and in the post.
But the player Parker is not doesn’t matter anymore. And while the one he’s turning out to be for the rejuvenated Bucks could still underwhelm compared to years of megastar expectations, it’s obvious the second overall pick of the 2014 draft will be a driving force behind his team’s imminent success nonetheless.