Jabari Parker excited to play with new Hawks’ teammates Trae Young, John Collins, Cam Reddish
Jabari Parker will get another chance to make his mark in the league after signing with the Atlanta Hawks in the offseason, yet what excites him the most is the talent around him, now poised to play alongside young players like Trae Young, John Collins, and lottery selection Cam Reddish.
“I have a great level of respect for guys who are multi-dimensional on the offensive end because they bring so many facets to the game and there are so many ways that they can help their team,” Parker told Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype. “Having a point guard who can score and create for himself and create for others is a great thing. I’m just looking forward to having those components.
Collins is going into his third year in the league and poised to continue being a double-double threat, as he showed in his second season.
“[Collins is] a very, very great player. He’s someone who’s really athletic but, at the same time, he brings a finesse to the game and he has great touch around the basket too,” said Parker. “His size and his skill set and his athleticism all complement each other really well. I’m really excited to see what he can do. I’m a fan. I’ll be watching and supporting him.”
Parker shared Duke ties with Reddish, but he’s also familiar with what he’s done at lower levels of competition.
“I knew his AAU coach, but I don’t really know him. I know what he brings to the team, though,” Parker noted. “Cam is so talented. He’s very skilled. He has great size too. His height will shock you because he doesn’t look that tall, but then in person, he’s pretty tall (at 6-foot-8). I’m just excited that I’ll get a chance to know him and relate to him. We have that Duke connection, so that’s going to be nice.”
This will be Parker’s third team in a year after getting signed to a two-year, $40 million deal by the Chicago Bulls and consequently being traded to the Washington Wizards. The hope is that he can find a place of comfort alongside this young, but talented Hawks roster, hopefully making the most of his abilities as a scorer and rebounder.