Jabari Parker has surprised with his move to the Boston Celtics. It is a 2-year contract for the forward who is a free agent before his move.
The 26-year-old had been in only 3 games this season playing for Sacramento Kings. He was waived back in March. He has been a No.2 pick in the NBA Draft back in 2014. He boasts an average of 148 pts. plus 5.7 rebounds a game in his career.
Moe Wagner of the Celtics was waived to make room for Parker.
Parker’s Place In The Scheme Of Things At Boston Celtics
Celtics have not revealed much about where Parker fits into their plans. He hasn’t been at his best since the Atlanta Hawks traded Jabari to the Sacramento Kings in February.
But Parker has always been up there when scoring mattered. He might have not got his opportunities but the career average at 14.8 pts. is up to it.
It is for the team to see if he is capable of defending at sufficient levels. They have been able to get a star who is yet to peak at 26. And it has cost them a trifle.
The Celtics Plan For Parker Vs Their Decision To Waive Wagner
Given Luke Kornet’s form, Wagner has been at number 4 on the depth charts of Celtics at the center. Even the absence of Robert Williams did not guarantee him a place until the final minutes. The game had gone out of game by then.
There doesn’t seem to be much of a role for Parker either. If he comes off, the team should have an additional young scorer. This should ease the attacking load on the top players. He should be seen as a singular type of menace as a backing power forward. That is if he does provide support defensively.
The Step Forward For The Team
There is newfound confidence among the Celtics after 5 straight wins. They are tied for the 4th seed among the Eastern Conference. The team has gotten better with each game.
Parker has to fight into the regular team. Pitching him as an offensive player seems just right.