This is nice. He looks pretty fluid and explosive for a guy coming off an ACL surgery. Especially compared to how rusty and ineffective Lavine was.
I've skipped the NBA the last couple years, so I wasn't all that familiar with his game, but watching these highlights the guy I kept thinking about was Melo. Then I went back to check his nbadraft.net profile and that's the guy they comp him to. To me, that comp comes through most in the way he bullies guys inside to get easy shots, whether it's a layup or dunk or a hook. He's got such quick feet on his pivots and spins, and seems to have a great feel for getting a creative shot up. Then the little quick dribbles at the elbow to get space for his shot, and even his three looks a bit the same.
One of the videos I watched during my Jabari video binge was his 35 point game against the Nuggets on 4/1. It was one of the last games of the season and he hit 5/8 from three. Not a bad one to check out. Seems like his offense is solid enough that they could give him the late career Luol Deng treatment and say work on nothing but threes all summer. Long term, he probably does need someone better defensively than Lavine at the 2 but I'm getting pretty hopeful that Parker could be a long term #1 option on a team that can go deep into the playoffs. And with this East, you don't need much to say you're a finals contender.
Here's that nbadraft.net profile, btw. I didn't read it before writing that stuff above, because I figured I'd just end up parroting what it said. But it does seem to agree that he's got a good power/finesse game. Another guy he reminds a bit of is a SF version of Elton Brand. http://www.nbadraft.net/players/jabari-parker
Then I also wanted to comment on Wendell Carter Jr. I meant to make a post after the draft and never did. But I was originally all over the idea of MPJ, then was hoping for Bamba during the draft, but after reading about WCJ I'm real happy we got him. Especially considering that in Parker the Bulls got basically the top end of what you might expect out of MPJ while ALSO getting a very well rounded and NBA-ready center in the draft.
This was my favorite article, where they detail why they think Carter will be better than Bagley. Real
nice read for Bulls fans.https://www.theringer.com/nba/2018/6/18 ... -nba-draft
Here is WCJ dominating Ayton's team in HS. WCJ had 30 and 16 vs Ayton's 19 and 10.
Here's a scouting video. There are others.
I'm suddenly pretty excited about the Bulls. The Lavine signing may be a mistake, I'm not sure about that part. I think if he accepts an off ball role similar to the one he had earlier in his career and tries to mold himself after Klay Thompson he could be pretty good. In his second and third years in the league he shot .389 and .387 from three. That third year was on 6.6 attempts per game and he had 18.9 ppg on .576 TS%. A super efficient high volume three point shooter with excellent athleticism is pretty valuable, if you can get him to be that guy.
Buuuut even with that he had horsefeathers defense from all accounts and only pulled in a 14.6 PER. I personally believe that if Parker stays healthy he's a keeper, so Lavine is going to need to fit in next to him. Maybe you can fit his money in as a bench guy, with a more defense oriented SG starting next to Parker? I'm wondering about the possibility Jimmy coming back next year if the Bulls get a decent playoff seed and look good. The bridge is probably burned, but the team looks much better to me and a much better fit for him. It's filled with offensive options and needs some defensive glue on the perimeter. That's probably a role he could fill pretty late into his career.
The nice thing for this year is that you've got a good defensive PG and what should be a pretty good defensive center. Probably a middle of the road defensive 4 in Lauri. So I'm not so sure about this idea that the team is going to have an atrocious defense. I honestly didn't watch a single game last year, so I'm not going to go bonkers making predictions, but after watching videos on all the individual players and looking at the stats I'd say they look in the neighborhood of a 5 seed. That's with a starting roster with an average age (I saw somewhere) of 23 years old. I haven't been a fan of this front office, but this has been a very quick rebuild and I think the future of the team looks real bright. And it's with a lot of high upside offensive players rather than a bunch of grindy guys, which should make for some cool basketball.
But more than anything, I'm pumped about this Parker thing. That is a good video up there. Could be a big day for the Bulls franchise.