REPORT: Jabari Parker tests positive for COVID-19
Sacramento Kings small forward Jabari Parker has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Kings swingman, though, said he will join his teammates for the “bubble” games at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
Statement from Jabari Parker: pic.twitter.com/fn0WncpLi8
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 24, 2020
The Kings acquired Jabari Parker from the Atlanta Hawks at the February trade deadline this season. The former Duke Blue Devil was averaging 14.7 points, 5.9 boards and 1.8 assists in 33 games with Atlanta and Sacramento before games were suspended in March.
When the “bubble” games begin, the Kings will be battling it out with the Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, Phoenix Suns, New Orleans Pelicans and San Antonio Spurs for the final playoff spot in the West. The winner will face LeBron James, Anthony Davis and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the 2020 playoffs.
Parker was the second overall pick in the 2014 draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. Unfortunately, the Chicago native has torn his ACL twice already, robbing him of his athleticism and impeding his development. However, Parker is still a skilled scorer and the Kings could use his scoring off the bench during the “bubble” games.
The Sacramento franchise has the longest playoff drought in the NBA today. Nonetheless, the only way the Kings are going to shock the world and reach the postseason is if De’Aaron Fox, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Marvin Bagley III play like All-Stars in Orlando.
Parker has career NBA averages of 15.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 280 games with the Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Hawks and Kings.