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Jabari Parker Update

Former Blue Devil is trying to rebuild a career sidetracked by injuries

NBA: Playoffs-Boston Celtics at Brooklyn Nets
May 22, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard James Harden (13) drives to the basket on Boston Celtics forward Jabari Parker (20) lduring the third quarter of game one in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Barclays Center. 
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Jabari Parker’s career hasn’t gone quite as expected. He got off to a solid start blew out his left ACL in 2014 and blew it out again in 2017. Various other injuries have also cost him time.

He started with Milwaukee, then moved to his hometown Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards, then the Atlanta Hawks and then the Sacramento Kings.

Now he’s with the Boston Celtics and trying to carve out a role. The good news is that the Celtics, so far, have opted to keep him, but they still could decide not to later (and save some money if they do).

The thing is, if he can get his game back, Parker still has a lot to offer. He’s just 26 and he can score, and Boston can use more scorers.

It’s possible that he could find his way back to prominence like Derrick Rose did and become a key contributor or reinvent himself a la Austin Rivers.

It’s also possible that he’ll have to settle for making a lot of money and seeing his NBA career wind down and possibly finish playing overseas.

The money is a nice compensation though.