Fellow rookies pick Jabari Parker to win ROY

The vote wasn’t even close.

      
 

 

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Polished F Parker gets rousing welcome with Bucks (Yahoo Sports)

Throw away the Chicago Bulls gear, Jabari Parker. The new face of the rebuilding Milwaukee Bucks received a hero’s welcome Friday, one day after being selected with the second overall pick in the NBA draft. ”Jabari Parker welcomed the idea to be a Milwaukee Buck,” general John Hammond said at a news conference at a downtown public market. Dressed sharply in a sleek gray suit in his first appearance in Milwaukee, Parker lived up to his reputation of having professional off-court demeanor.

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Bucks bank on Parker with 2nd pick in NBA draft (Yahoo Sports)

Jabari Parker will be more than just a potential go-to player in the post for the Milwaukee Bucks. New ownership in Milwaukee hopes to construct a championship contender within five years. Conversely, the 19-year-old Parker wanted to play for the Bucks, barely 90 minutes from his hometown of Chicago.

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Wiggins, Parker and more LeBron on NBA draft eve (Yahoo Sports)

NEW YORK - JUNE 25: NBA Draft Prospect Jabari Parker, speaks to the media during media availability as part of the 2014 NBA Draft on June 25, 2014 at the Westin Times Square in New York City. (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)

Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker aren’t NBA players yet and they are already learning their first lesson. This is LeBron James’ league and they will just be playing in it. A night before they could be the first two selections in what appears to be a deep NBA draft, Wiggins, Parker and the rest of the class of 2014 were sharing the spotlight with James, whose decision to opt out of his contract and become a free agent Tuesday still had the league shaking a day later. Carmelo Anthony has the same plan as James, and right now they are a 1-2 that Wiggins and Parker can’t match.


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The No. 1 debate: Wiggins or Parker?

Jabari Parker seems likely to slip behind Andrew Wiggins in Thursday’s 2014 NBA draft.

      
 

 

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Report: Cavs leaning towards Jabari Parker at No. 1

Ever since presumptive No. 1 overall pick Joel Embiid went down with a foot injury, speculation has run wild as to what the Cleveland Cavaliers would do with the top pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Most reports have said the team had narrowed its focus to Kansas guard Andrew Wiggins or Duke forward Jabari Parker. Well, we may now have our answer as to who Cleveland is leaning towards. On Tuesday a report surfaced that claimed the Cavs are currently set to take Parker with the top pick despite his unimpressive workout with them on Friday. They apparently view Parker as less of a risk than Wiggins, and feel he can contribute right away. They think Wiggins has the higher upside of the two (a pretty universally held belief) but with him the risk is pretty significant. The report also suggests that the Cavs have some interest in a proposed trade from the Orlando Magic that would send Arron Afflalo and picks No. 4 and No. 12 in this year’s draft to Cleveland in exchange for the No. 1 pick. A…

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Report: Cavaliers deciding between Parker, Wiggins for No.1 pick

As we near Thursday’s NBA Draft, there is reportedly a “split” within the Cleveland Cavaliers organization on what to do with the No.1 overall pick. The team is reportedly stuck on choosing between Duke’s Jabari Parker and Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, according to ESPN.com A source told ESPN “they haven’t come to a decision yet” on who to take, and the debate is ongoing. The decision was reportedly already made, by general manager David Griffin who had settled on Joel Embiid. That was before news broke that Embiid needed foot surgery that will keep him out for much of, it not all of the 2014-15 season. It was at that point that Griffin and the rest of Cleveland’s front office revisited their big board, and narrowed it down to Parker and Wiggins. In the ESPN report, it states that “over the past few days” the Cavs have been leaning toward selecting Parker. There would be a few reasons behind it, first, Parker can add scoring, and shoots the ball better than Wiggins at this point. But also, if

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Jabari Parker may have tanked pre-draft workout with Cavs

It appears teams aren’t the only ones that can tank. Jabari Parker has risen to the top of many draft boards and mock drafts ever since last week’s news that Joel Embiid, the previous presumptive No. 1 pick, had suffered a broken bone in his foot. But Parker is not keen on the idea on going first, apparently. The Duke forward “wasn’t great” in his workout with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who hold the top pick, according to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford. A source even told Ford he though Parker “tanked” the workout. It seems Parker prefers playing for the Milwaukee Bucks, who hold the No. 2 pick, over the Cavs. Still, the Cavs are said to be considering taking Parker anyway, in the belief that the new front office and coach can change his mind once he arrives. Photo via Twitter/@JakeWachsmanFiled under: Ben Watanabe, NBA, NBA Draft, Top Stories

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Jabari Parker Visits Recovering Joel Embiid, Brings Oreos

Medication can dull the pain, but pills and prescriptions only do so much.

At some point in every recovery, your body needs Oreos—a fact Jabari Parker proved this weekend during a hospital visit with fellow NBA draft prospect Joel Embiid.

The former Duke star stopped by Embiid’s bedside to check in on his friend and drop off much-needed supplies.

Judging by an Instagram photo Parker posted Sunday night, Embiid’s care package included Gatorade, Oreos and a handful of “meds.” Parker wrote in his caption that Embiid—currently recovering from foot surgery—is doing well and handling his rehab with a smile.

“Had to check up on my boy @joelembiid and give him his meds. He’s in very good spirits. s/o to @arsnyder1 for taking the photo. #GodspeedJOJO,” Parker wrote.

Chalk this up as a classy move by Parker, who may be moving up in the NBA draft due to Embiid’s injury. Once projected as the consensus No. 1 selection, Embiid could fall several spots after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his foot.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Embiid had two screws inserted into his right foot Friday morning. Embiid’s surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel, says the procedure went smoothly.

“Two screws were inserted into the navicular bone in Joel Embiid’s right foot,” Ferkel said, via Wojnarowski. “The surgery went very well and I’m confident that after appropriate healing he will be able to return to NBA basketball.”

Well, he’s not exactly returning, Doc, but the distinction hardly matters. Despite the Greg Oden comparisons Embiid’s injury has created, the 20-year-old Cameroonian transplant will play basketball in the NBA.

All Embiid needs right now is time and patience—and, of course, Oreos. You’ve got to have the recovery Oreos.

 

And someone straighten the picture on Embiid’s wall.

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Report: Cleveland Cavaliers ‘Leaning Toward’ Jabari Parker with No. 1 Draft Pick

The Cleveland Cavaliers haven’t publicly made any promises, but rumors are surfacing with respect to what direction they’ll take with the No. 1 overall pick in this June’s draft.

CBSSports.com’s Ken Berger reports that “With Joel Embiid‘s foot surgery, and the reported 4-6 month recovery that comes with it, the Cavs are said to be leaning toward Duke’s Jabari Parker with the No. 1 pick.”

Berger writes, “Rival executives believe it would be out of character for Cleveland GM David Griffin to trade the top pick, and believe Bucks GM John Hammond would be hard-pressed to deviate from the other consensus top player in the draft [Andrew Wiggins] after Embiid‘s injury shook up the top of the lottery.”

Embiid, of course, recently had surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot. The New York Daily NewsMitch Lawrence reports that “The Cavs would have taken him if he hadn’t required surgery on his foot, but now they aren’t going to touch him at No. 1 unless it’s to trade him.”

With Embiid set to slide in Thursday’s draft, Cleveland’s choice probably comes down to Parker and Kansas product Andrew Wiggins. Parker is the more polished prospect by most accounts and has already established himself as a dynamic scorer, averaging 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds for the Duke Blue Devils last season.

The Plain Dealer‘s Terry Pluto notes that “The biggest concern is Parker’s defense. He’s 6-foot-8, 241 pounds and has to be careful not to add weight. Is he quick enough to play small forward? Or would he be better off as a power forward?”

According to Pluto, “The Cavs have the same questions about Anthony Bennett. Last year’s top pick in the draft is listed at 6-foot-8, 259 pounds. Parker has far more skills on offense than Bennett, but the position question may hang over both players.”

Bennett’s presence also makes one wonder whether Parker might be slightly redundant. On the other hand, it may be that the two players can man the forward positions side-by-side. Unless the Cavs trade Bennett, that would seem to be the long-term plan. 

With Luol Deng and Spencer Hawes both free agents this summer, the Cavs roster is anything but set. And as much as their decisions now will have long-term implications, the club is also looking to make short-term strides in a bid to keep emergent superstar Kyrie Irving happy.

Making the right pick this week certainly wouldn’t hurt that effort.

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