Ray Allen says Jabari Parker reminds him of Paul Pierce
The Chicago Bulls made the huge move earlier in the offseason with a two-year, $40 million deal with veteran forward Jabari Parker. There is plenty of excitement and buzz surrounding the move with his potential to emerge as a promising piece to the puzzle as he has shown much promise. According to Gery Woelfel of Woelfel Press Box, Hall of Famer Ray Allen has voiced that he believes that Parker reminds him much of former Boston Celtics great Paul Pierce.
Allen, who starred for the Bucks from 1996-2003, was recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Allen, one of the greatest shooters in NBA history, spent four days working with Parker and, as one might assume, offered up shooting tips to Parker.
Allen came away suitably impressed with the 23-year-old Parker.
“He’s a very good, humble, down-to-earth guy,’’ Allen said of Parker. “As a player, he reminds me of Paul (Pierce) but bigger. His potential is so great.’’
Through his first four seasons in the league, Parker has shown to be a capable scorer averaging 15.3 points on 49 percent shooting from the field. However, it has been his struggles with injuries, as he has suffered a pair of ACL tears, that created some doubt around his long-term future.
These comparisons to Pierce speak to his talent offensively as the former Celtics forward was one of the league’s top players during the prime of his career that more than likely would land him in the Hall of Fame. In 19 seasons, he earned numerous accolades such as winning an NBA title, an NBA Finals MVP award, 10 All-Star Game selections, three All-NBA Third Team nods, and one All-NBA Second Team selection. He also holds various Celtics records such as being the all-time leader in 3-point field goals (1,823), free throws (6,434) and steals (1,583).