Jimmy Butler, Team USA praise Bucks’ Jabari Parker
Back in the 2014 NBA Draft, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker were the consensus top two picks. While Wiggins began performing in line with his lofty expectations last season, Parker is still coming into his own.
After a solid start to his rookie campaign, Parker tore his ACL in December of ’14 and missed the rest of the season. After returning a few games into last year, Jabari endured a number of other nagging injuries. He still managed to play in 76 games, averaging 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 1.7 assists a night.
The season was highlighted by a 36-point performance in a victory over the Houston Rockets, and the fact that he averaged 17.8 points over the final two months.
Parker has built on his hot finish to the 2015-16 season with impressive play on the US Men’s Select Team, which trained against Team USA before they made their way down to Rio for the Olympics.
A number of players and coaches sung Parker’s praises after those workouts, including Chicago Bulls All-Star shooting guard, Jimmy Butler:
“He’s talented and he’s young. I think he’s going to be in this league for a very long time and probably one day he’s going to represent his country as well.”
Here are the rest of the interviews regarding Jabari: