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Hawks forward Jabari Parker says winning is ‘definitely the No. 1 thing on my list’

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Atlanta Hawks small forward Jabari Parker wants to make one thing clear: winning games is his number one priority.

Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, signed a two-year deal with the Hawks this summer worth $13 million. The talented swingman says he’s going to do whatever it takes to help the Hawks win games next season make the playoffs.

“Well, the playoffs are always going to be my goal,” Parker told Alex Kennedy of Hoops Hype. “I don’t go out there and tamper with the game. If I go out there, I’m going to put forth the effort [to win]. Basketball is my passion and I will always give my all out there. Winning is definitely the No. 1 thing on my list [of priorities], and hopefully I can prove that.”

Jabari Parker played for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards last season. The Chicago native averaged 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 31.3 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free-throw line.

The Hawks will try and make the postseason next year in a wide-open Eastern Conference. Atlanta’s roster is headlined by Trae Young, John Collins, Kevin Huerter, Evan Turner, Jabari Parker and rookies De’Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish.