Mar 16, 2014; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) moves the ball up the court against Virginia Cavaliers forward Akil Mitchell (25) in the championship game of the ACC college basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NBA Draft: Jabari Parker Prospect Profile

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2014 NBA Draft — Jabari Parker

POSITION: SF

SCHOOL: Duke

AGE: 19

HEIGHT: 6-foot-8

WEIGHT241 LBS

NBA PLAYER COMPARISON: Carmelo Anthony/Paul Pierce

PROJECTION: Top-3

Duke’s Jabari Parker has be anointed as the most “NBA ready” prospect in this year’s NBA Draft, whatever that means.

Parker, though, is already in an NBA body, whereas Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid have some catching up to do. The 19-year-old’s offensive instincts and shooting stroke is ready to contribute to any team that drafts him. Parker has the ability to score many different ways on the offensive end. He’s also an underrated athlete.

Parker averaged 19 and nearly nine rebounds per game last season at Duke. He shot nearly 50 percent from the field and 35 percent from three. He offensive game is ready for the NBA.

His defense, however, is another story.

There probably should be more of a growing concern over Parker’s defensive inabilities. It’s a legitimate concern. So much so that coach Mike Krzyzewski was forced to pull Parker out at key times during their NCAA Tournament game against Mercer, because of his lack of defensive capacity.

Aside from his defensive shortcomings, if any team is looking for an upgrade on the offensive end, Parker should be a very high pick. I think most people would be surprised if he wasn’t in the top-3 of the first selected. And if he isn’t, there’s a team that is going to be very happy that will be waiting at No. 4.

Expect Parker to enter the league as an offensive specialist. If he can slowly improve his defense, even just a bit, he has a great chance of becoming one of the future stars of this league.

Then again, who needs defense in the NBA. Offense rules all. Jabari Parker should fit right in.

 

 

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