Jabari Parker
Jabari Parker
25-Year-Old ForwardF
Sacramento Kings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Parker has joined the Hawks on a one-year, $13 million deal after spending last season in Chicago and Washington. He played a key role for the Wizards, where he averaged 15.0 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 games, and he finished the season with career highs in rebounds (6.6) and assists (2.4). The former No. 2 overall pick has failed to live up to lofty expectations, largely due to recurring knee injuries, though he could be a valuable contributor off the bench for the Hawks as a sixth man at both forward spots. There's little question regarding Parker's offensive talents (18.3 points per 36 minutes and 49.1 FG% for his career), but he has a tough time seeing heavy minutes due to defensive deficiencies. While drafting Parker in fantasy is risky, being on a one-year deal should motivate him, and the Hawks, as a rebuilding team, should be willing to give Parker plenty of opportunities. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $6.5 million contract with the Hawks in July of 2019. Traded to the Kings in February of 2020. Contract includes $6.5 million player option for 2020-21.
Personal Bio

Jabari Ali Parker is the son of Lola and Sonny Parker. He was born in 1995 in the Windy City, Chicago. Parker's father, Sonny, was the 17th pick in the 1976 NBA Draft and played six seasons in The Association. Jabari's mother, Lola, is a native of Tonga who immigrated to the United States when she was three years old. Parker has two older brothers and two older sisters. He also has two uncles who played in the NFL, and his second cousin is PGA Tour pro Tony Finau. Parker attended Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, where he won back-to-back Illinois Mr. Basketball honors, as well as an incredible amount of other accolades. Parker runs the Jabari Parker Foundation, whose charitable contributions include free basketball and life skills camp for kids, as well as food giveaways at Thanksgiving. Fans can follow the Chicago native on both Twitter and Instagram via @JabariParker.

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After a storied career at Simeon High School in Chicago in which Parker led his team to four straight state championships, Jabari Parker became part of the parade of top recruits to head to Duke in recent years. The athletic forward played one season (2013-14) of collegiate ball for the Blue Devils. Parker started his collegiate career by scoring at least 21 points in six straight games, including 27 points with nine boards in the loss to Kansas in the Champions Classic. Parker and Rodney Hood combined to give coach Mike Krzyzewski plenty of wing scoring as the team went 13-5 in ACC play. Parker closed the season with six straight double-doubles. He had 14 double-doubles during his freshman season. Parker helped Duke beat North Carolina in the regular season finale with a season-high 30 points and 11 rebounds at home. Led by Parker, Duke qualified for the NCAA Tournament, but lost to Mercer in the first round of competition. Parker led the Blue Devils per game averages for points (19.1) points, rebounds (8.7) and blocks (1.2). Parker declared for the 2014 draft after being named the USBWA National and ACC Freshman of the Year. He was one of seven players on the 2013-14 Duke roster that would go on to play in the NBA (Hood, Quinn Cook, Andre Dawkins, Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee and Semi Ojeleye).

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July 15, 2020
Parker (illness) participated in full-contact two-on-two drills during Wednesday's practice, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Parker went through non-contact practice Tuesday, so it seems like he's being eased back after having cleared all COVID-19-related protocols since his positive test in June. All indications are that he'll be available for Sacramento's first game July 31 against San Antonio.
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In July of 2019, Parker signed a two-year agreement with Atlanta. Parker was a key piece for the Hawks early in the season, as he averaged nearly 28 minutes per game while helping compensate for the loss of John Collins (suspension). Parker moved into Atlanta's starting five on Nov. 5 and held onto a starting spot through mid-January. In 23 games as a starter, Parker averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.7 steals in 28.6 minutes. Parker registered his first of two double-doubles on Nov. 10 with 27 points and 11 boards in a loss at Portland. On Nov. 27, Parker double-doubled via a season-high 27 points, a season-high 14 rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block during a loss at Milwaukee. Just before Christmas, Parker suffered a shoulder injury that forced him to miss 24 games. On Feb. 5, while out due to injury, Parker was traded to the Sacramento Kings as part of a package that brought Dewayne Dedmon to Atlanta. Parker made one appearance for Sacramento on Feb. 20 during a home win over the Grizzlies. The former Duke standout generated four points, four rebounds and two assists in nearly 15 minutes of run during the Kings' win. Parker did not see floor time again before the season was suspended on Mar. 11.

2018

Parker signed with the Chicago Bulls last offseason, and the former No. 2 overall pick parlayed increased opportunity with a hot start to the year. Parker averaged 17.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists during the month of November. He was dealt to the Washington Wizards in early February. Parker peaked for the Wizards during March, averaging 17.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 28.5 minutes per tilt. Parker ended up appearing in 64 games in total, the second-highest total of his five-year NBA career. On the season, Parker still managed 14.5 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. He shot a career-best 55.6 percent on two-point shots. One of his best games of the season occurred on March 27 in a three-point win over the Suns. Parker posted 28 points on 9-of-16 shooting, 15 rebounds and three assists in 32 minutes. He accumulated eight double-doubles on the year. Parker posted at least 20 points on 17 occasions, grabbed at least 10 boards in 10 games, and handed out more than four assists seven times. On defense, he racked up three-plus steals three times, and he recorded at least one block in 25 contests.

2017

Parker's fourth NBA season was cut short, as he only played in 31 games following a lengthy recovery from a torn ACL he suffered in February of 2017. The former No. 2 overall pick made his return on Feb. 2, and the Bucks were careful to ease him back into action. Parker played fewer than 20 minutes in five of his first six games, and he only picked up three starts all season. Despite a career-low 24.0 minutes per game for the year, Parker was still able to contribute offensively, averaging 12.6 points per game on 48.2 percent shooting from the field. The Duke product went off for a season-high 35 points in a loss against Denver on Apr. 1, where he played a season-high 39 minutes. He also experienced two other games scoring in the 20s. Parker added 4.9 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. He grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in a win over the Knicks on Apr. 7 and also counted 16 points for one of the three double-doubles he posted during the season. His season high for assists was five, something he did on two different occasions. Defensively, Parker averaged 0.8 steals and 0.3 blocks per game.

2016

Expectations were big for Jabari Parker entering the 2016-17 season, his third in the league. He was limited to just 25 games in his rookie campaign, but appeared in 76 games in 2015-16 and appeared poised for a breakout. Early on, it looked as if Parker was going to deliver. From October through February, Parker registered career-high per-game averages in points (20.1), rebounds (6.2) , made three-pointers (1.3) and assists (2.8). The 6-foot-8 forward also shot an impressive 49.0 percent from the field. On Nov. 10, Parker scored a season-high 33 points, plus grabbed nine boards, in a loss to the Pelicans. On Jan. 27, Parker grabbed a career-best-matching 13 rebounds and added 21 points in a loss at Toronto -- that was one of this two double-doubles during the campaign. Parker was cruising when his left knee suffered yet another big injury Feb. 8 in a home loss to Miami. On the following day, Parker's knee was diagnosed to yet again have a torn ACL. Surgery followed on Feb. 15 and the Bucks announced that Parker would be out for roughly a year. It was a devastating blow for Parker, who missed 57 games his rookie season due to the same injury. The Bucks finished at 42-40 and lost to the Raptors in the first round of the playoffs.

2015

After a rookie season cut short by a torn ACL, the NBA community was very happy to see Jabari Parker play in 76 games (with 72 starts) during his sophomore season in Milwaukee. The knee injury prevented Parker from playing in Summer League or preseason games. The issue also forced Parker to miss the first four games of the season. But, on Nov. 4, the Bucks eased Parker back with 16 minutes of run during a home win over the 76ers. From Nov. 4 to Dec. 4, the Bucks limited Parker's minutes to 23.0 per game, with two games off. On Dec. 5, the second game of a back-to-back, Parker played 36 minutes and produced 17 points, seven boards, two assists, two steals and a block in a win over the Knicks. Parker went on to score in double digits over the next seven games and started to flash the talent that made him the second overall pick in the prior year's draft. On Feb. 20, Parker grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds to go along with 28 points, in a win at Atlanta. On Feb. 29, the 6-foot-8 forward scored a career-high 36 points, to go with five assists, four rebounds and two steals, during a home win over Houston. A healthy Parker appeared in the last 71 games of Milwaukee's season.

2014

Parker was the second overall selection, by Milwaukee, in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Duke product entered the 2014-15 season as a 19-year-old, yet often played like an established veteran. Parker made his NBA debut on Opening Night, Oct. 29th at Charlotte, and promptly received 37 minutes of run. During the close loss, Parker posted eight points, four rebounds, one assist and one steal. Parker started the Bucks' first 25 games and delivered per-game averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per contest. On the second game of the season, Parker registered his first career double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in a home win over the 76ers. On Nov. 1, the rookie grabbed a career-high 11 rebounds during a loss at Washington. On Nov. 14, Parker scored a career-high 23 points, to go with seven boards and two steals, during a win over the Nets. Unfortunately, adversity would arise during a Dec. 15 road game at Phoenix. Parker injured his left knee and immediately exited the game. A day later, it was announced Parker had torn the ACL of his left knee and would miss the remainder of the season. Surgery was delayed until early January with a concern that the injury could force Parker to miss games in 2015-16. The Bucks would finish the year at an even 41-41, and without Parker, were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

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Transaction History
  • June 26, 2014
    Drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2014 NBA Draft.
  • July 8, 2014
    Signed a multi-year rookie contract with the Milwaukee Bucks
  • July 14, 2018
    Signed, as a free agent, a one-year agreement with the Chicago Bulls.
  • February 6, 2019
    Traded by the Chicago Bulls with Bobby Portis and a 2023 2nd round draft pick to the Washington Wizards for Otto Porter. (Protections removed in trade on 7/7/19)
  • July 11, 2019
    Signed a two-year agreement with the Atlanta Hawks.
  • February 6, 2020
    Traded by the Atlanta Hawks with Alex Len to the Sacramento Kings in exchange for Dewayne Dedmon and draft considerations
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In an act of good faith, the Bucks rescinded Parker’s qualifying offer, allowing him to sign a two-year, $40 million contract in his hometown of Chicago. While the Bucks were scared off by Parker’s two ACL tears and poor defense, the Bulls felt his upside was worth the short-term risk. Parker has played 82 games over the past two seasons, shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from deep while averaging 20.6 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per 36 minutes. Though he’s spent just 21 percent of his career minutes at small forward, it appears that will be the position Parker is slotted into this season, as Lauri Markkanen is a lock at power forward. The move could affect his rebounding numbers, but there will be no shortage of scoring opportunities in Parker moving from Milwaukee’s 20th-paced offense to Chicago’s 10th-fastest offense. Still, the Duke product remains a risky pickup in Fantasy due to his injury history, and could see his draft position vary drastically from league to league. If he stays healthy, however, he could have a chance to be one of Fantasy’s top forwards.
Parker was in the midst of a breakout campaign before he suffered his second ACL tear in just over two years, limiting him to just 51 games. Before the injury, he was posting career highs in points (20.1), rebounds (6.2), assists (2.8) and three-point percentage (36.5). Prior to the 2016-17 campaign, Parker took just 51 total threes across 101 appearances, largely utilizing his quickness and leaping ability to attack the rack off cuts and isolation. But, he emerged as a legitimate three-point threat last year, drilling 68 of his 178 attempts from deep, boosting his overall Fantasy value and threat as a scorer. Considering his injury history, a move to a more perimeter-oriented game might be the best long-term option for Parker, though only time will tell if he adjusts his game in such a manner. The Bucks haven’t wavered from their 12-month recovery timetable for the 6-foot-8 forward at the moment, putting Parker’s return somewhere around February of 2018. As a result, his Fantasy value is somewhat up in the air. Though, assuming he can produce similar stats to last season when he returns, Parker could be worth a selection in the middle or late rounds of a Fantasy draft to bank on a big payout for the playoffs.
After a promising rookie campaign was derailed by a torn ACL, Parker was limited in training camp heading into last season. Parker’s lack of reps resulted in him missing the first four games, before he eventually took the court under a minute restriction that held through the end of November. Initially upon his return, Parker didn’t make much of a notable impact from either a fantasy or real-life perspective, playing a fairly limited role as a scorer while struggling on the defensive end. Parker’s uneven performance could be partially attributed to some rustiness in his return from a major knee operation, but once February hit, the 21-year-old took off. From the All-Star break onward, Parker averaged 18.9 points (on 49.8% shooting), 6.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.1 steals in 36.6 minutes per game, establishing himself as a worthy member of the Bucks’ stellar young nucleus that includes Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. Parker still has plenty of deficiencies in his game -- he’s yet to develop a reliable three-point stroke and even after the break, his defense was still problematic -- but none of those weaknesses should inhibit him from taking his fantasy stock up another notch in 2016-17. It would be nice if he could contribute more in the non-scoring categories, but for a mid-round draft pick, he’ll fill out a fantasy roster nicely.
The second overall pick in 2014 is still in the midst of rehabbing his left knee following an ACL tear in December. Regardless of when Parker is cleared to return to the court, he's expected to pick up where he left off prior to the injury. In 25 starts last season, Parker averaged 30 minutes, 12.3 points, 1.7 assists, and 5.5 rebounds per game. Prior to the injury, the imposing, 6-9 Parker was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for October/November, and he shot nearly 60 percent from the field in the month of December. Already boasting one of the stingiest defenses in the league, the Bucks view Parker as the high-volume scorer and shot creator who can push them past the first round of the playoffs. With a great deal of the club's future hinging on his progress, the Bucks are in no position to rush Parker back from injury. While hope remains that he'll be ready for Opening Night, it's possible Parker's return could be delayed several weeks. Whenever he does return, he's expected to step in as the starting power forward, but he'll also see time at small forward in what could often be a fairly positionless frontcourt rotation.
The second-overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, Parker shined as a freshman at Duke last season, averaging 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 35 games. While Mercer ousted Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Parker was named to the All-ACC First Team and finished second to T.J. Warren for conference player of the year honors. A potential franchise-changing type of talent, Parker immediately steps in as the face of a franchise transitioning into a new era. He figures to see big minutes from day one and is virtually guaranteed to open the season as a starter. The question, though, is: where will new coach Jason Kidd play him? At 6-8, 235, Parker has prototypical size for the small forward spot, but he's also an excellent finisher around the rim and has experience in a stretch-four role. A 36-percent three-point shooter, Parker is comfortable working on the perimeter, as well as driving to the rim. Some reports have suggested the Bucks allegedly intend to use him at power forward, but with Ersan Ilyasova already on the roster, the small forward spot appears to make more sense. Regardless, Parker should be among the NBA's most productive rookies, even if he struggles to adjust to the pace of the NBA game.
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July 14, 2020
Parker (illness) went through non-contact portions of practice Tuesday, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Lands in Orlando
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July 12, 2020
Parker (illness) arrived in Orlando on Sunday and has begun his quarantine period, Jason Jones of The Athletic reports.
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Not with team in Orlando yet
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July 10, 2020
Parker (illness) was not with the Kings in Orlando as of Friday, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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May have broken COVID protocol
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June 27, 2020
The Kings are "gathering additional information" to determine if Parker broke NBA COVID-19 protocols Saturday while playing tennis, Jason Anderson of the Sacramento Bee reports.
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Finishes in-house quarantine
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June 27, 2020
Parker (illness) has finished his in-house quarantine and was recently seen playing tennis while maintaining social distance, Ben Stinar of The Big Lead reports.
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