Kings have liked Jabari Parker for some time
New Sacramento Kings small forward Jabari Parker won’t make his team debut until after the All-Star break.
Parker is currently out with a shoulder injury. The Kings acquired the Chicago native from the Atlanta Hawks before the Feb. 6 trade deadline and have liked him for some time, according to Jason Jones of The Athletic:
The Kings have liked Jabari Parker for some time and are intrigued by the idea of pairing his offensive ability with their leading scorer, Buddy Hield, off the bench.
Parker played in 32 games for the Hawks this season. He averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists while shooting 50.4 percent from the field, 27.0 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line.
The second overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft out of Duke, Parker has career averages of 15.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists with the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards and Hawks.
Parker is expected to bolster the Kings’ bench that has been lacking some spark. While he has struggled defensively over the past few years, Jabari’s main selling point is his offensive skills — which Sacramento will look to utilize as they hope to keep the team competitive this second half of the season.
The Kings are 21-33 on the season and in 13th place in the Western Conference standings. Certainly, they have a lot of ground to make up if they want to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.