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Jabari Parker focusing on health, wants to play in all 82 regular-season games with Hawks

Jabari Parker, Hawks

Jabari Parker is hoping to have a healthy year as he starts a new chapter with the Atlanta Hawks next season.

Parker signed a two-year, $13 million contract with the Hawks this summer, which has a player option in the second season. The 24-year-old forward said he knows he has a lot to improve on, but his main focus is keeping himself healthy. Parker added that he is looking to play in all 82 regular-season games for Atlanta in the 2019-2020 NBA season.

“I’m always working on different aspects of my game, but I’m really just trying to get in the best shape possible,” Parker said via Alex Kennedy of Hoopshype. “My body needs to be able to take the impact and be ready to play 82 games. Then, when I get to Atlanta, I’ll just be focused on getting on the same page as everyone else.”

Parker was drafted second overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2014 NBA Draft and was projected to become a perennial All-Star in the league. However, he was slowed by injuries in his first five seasons, with the Bucks letting him go in the 2018 offseason. He signed a free-agent deal with the Chicago Bulls, but his stint in the Windy City didn’t work and he was eventually traded to the Washington Wizards.

In 64 games last season, the former Duke University standout averaged 14.5 points on top of 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.