Bucks Will Survive Without Jabari Parker for Now, but Long-Term Concerns Linger

December 16th, 2014 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

Jabari Parker's knee injury won't sink the Milwaukee Bucks this season, but it could put a major damper on the franchise's future plans.

ESPN's Marc Stein was the first to break the news that Parker suffered a torn ACL and will miss the remainder of the season, and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports confirmed the news. Parker has reportedly also informed teammates of the injury.

Let's get this out of the way: This is a bad thing. It's always terrible when injuries barge into a good situation and mess it up. Parker was off to a promising NBA start, and we've seen plenty of recent examples of just how long-lasting and profound the effects of an injury like this can be.


What We Can Say

There is no way to spin this positively.

Parker's season averages of 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists on 49 percent shooting had him in excellent position to capture the Rookie of the Year award. At the time of his injury, he led all first-year players in points, rebounds and minutes while also ranking second in win shares and player efficiency rating, per Basketb ...

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