Jabari Parker talks about being traded to Wizards
Parker, who quickly fell out of favor with the Bulls, hopes that he can be better utilized with the Wizards:
“I hope that I can be used the way that I can and that I know that I’m capable of,” said Parker, according to Darnell Mayberry of The Athletic.
Parker originally signed a one-year, $20 million deal with Chicago over the summer with a $20 million team option for the 2019-20 campaign. Obviously, things did not exactly work out.
The 23-year-old played in 39 games with the Bulls before being dealt, averaging 14.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists over 26.7 minutes per game while shooting 47.4 percent from the floor, 32.5 percent from three-point range and 73.1 percent from the free-throw line.
While Parker’s numbers in the Windy City weren’t terrible, it was just more of the same from the former No. 2 overall pick out of Duke.
Parker, who was a terrific scorer in college, has just not translated all that well to the pros, as he lacks the elite athleticism to adequately defend and he doesn’t have enough of a three-point shot to spread the floor on offense.
Plus, Parker is not exactly known for his ability to facilitate, so he is a very one-dimensional player on the NBA level.
Think of him as a younger version of Carmelo Anthony, except without all of the accolades.
Still, Parker will get a fresh start in Washington, so maybe things will get better for him from this point moving forward.