Jabari Parker Makes the Atlanta Hawks Offense More Dynamic

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NBA Career

Unfortunately for Jabari Parker, multiple major knee injuries have limited his star potential thus far in the NBA. The first occurrence came in his rookie season, holding him to just 25 games.

Jabari again tore his ACL in 2017, limiting him to just 31 games and three starts in the 2017-18 season. He bounced back to play in 64 games, while starting only 17 last season.

Jabari Parker overall has been plagued by injuries, playing in just 247 of a possible 410 regular season games. He’s started 167 career games.

Despite the fact that Jabari Parker has failed to reach superstar status, he has a high level offensive game. A man who has averaged 20 points for an entire NBA season, as Parker did in the 2016-17 season, must be respected.


Even though injuries have robbed him of some explosiveness, Jabari has a complete offensive game. He’s able to get to the rim off the dribble and connect on mid range jump shots.

Parker also has post up ability as well. He also knocks down the three at a respectable rate, making nearly 34 percent for his career.

Parker is a good passer, registering 2.1 assists per game for his career, mostly operating as a four man. He logged a career best 2.8 assist per game as a Milwaukee Buck in the 2016-17 NBA season. It was also the best scoring season of his career.


As a rebounder, the injuries have prevented Parker from living up to his billing in that department. He averages just 5.7 boards per game for his career.

Jabari did average a career high 6.6 rebounds per game this past season. He grabbed an impressive 7.2 boards per game with the Washington Wizards, after being traded there at the deadline.

Jabari Parker doesn’t offer much in the development of defense. He ranked number 78 among power forwards and 335 overall in the ESPN advanced stat, defensive real plus, minus. The injuries certainly havent helped in that department, but there is a lack of commitment to defense with Parker as well.