2014 NBA Draft: Jabari Parker Scouting Report and Mixtape
There’s no doubt Jabari Parker is one of the top potential candidates to be taken with the number one pick. During his lone season with Duke, the combo forward posted averages of 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, earning First Team All-American honors and the USBWA National Freshman of the Year award. In a recent poll surveyed by ESPN, 17 out of 30 NBA executives agreed they would take Parker with the number one pick in the upcoming draft.
- Position: SF/PF
- Birthday: 3/15/95
- School: Duke
- Class: Freshman
- Height: 6-8
- Wingspan: 7-0
- Weight: 235
- 2013-2014 Stats: 19.1 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.2 BPG, 47.3 FG%, 35.8 3FG%
Jabari Parker is by far one of the most complete offensive players in college basketball, possessing the ability to score from literally anywhere on the floor. He packs a rare combination of size and offensive skill, utilizing his immense 6’8″, 235 pound frame to bully smaller forwards inside, while also using his limitless shooting touch to spread the floor against larger forwards. He’s also surprisingly effective on the glass, pulling down almost 9 rebounds a game.
Parker struggles defending both the perimeter and interior, lacking the necessary lateral quickness to prevent explosive forwards from driving inside, as well as the defensive awareness to stop big men in the post. His athletic limitations hold him back from effectively protecting the paint, and also hurt his ability to finish at the rim against larger opponents. One of the biggest concerns is whether or not he will be able to succeed as a tweener at the next level, lacking a true feel for either forward position.
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