Wizards’ Bradley Beal says Jabari Parker ‘is very versatile,’ has enjoyed playing with him
Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal says small forward Jabari Parker “is very versatile” and that he has enjoyed playing with the former No. 2 overall pick in the nation’s capital.
The Wizards acquired Parker and Bobby Portis from the Chicago Bulls in the Otto Porter Jr. trade.
“I love what he is capable of doing,” Beal said of Parker, via Zach Rosen of NBA.com. “He is very versatile. He can play mid-post, post, play on the wing. We can put him anywhere, so I definitely have enjoyed having him and he is a key to our success moving forward for sure.”
Jabari Parker has appeared in 18 games with the Wizards and is proving he can still play at a high-level despite tearing his ACL twice.
The Chicago native is averaging 15.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game with the Wizards while shooting 56.5 percent from the field, 33.9 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free-throw line.
After the way he was treated with the Bulls by head coach Jim Boylen, Parker is just happy to be playing basketball again freely and without a leash. The 24-year-old has a team-option worth $20 million for next season.
While it’s unlikely the Wizards will pick that up, they could bring the swingman back on a more team-friendly deal.