By: Camron Miller
Chicago’s native son Jabari Parker will be in a Chicago Bulls uniform this upcoming NBA season. Parker signed a 2-year, $40 million deal with a team option for the last year of the contract. Jabari is not the only Chicagoan to be in a Bulls uniform, Derrick Rose and Dwayne Wade also once donned the famous red, black and white for their hometown. Parker was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, second overall to the Milwaukee Bucks. In four seasons of playing basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks he has averaged 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, shooting .490 from the field and .352 from behind the 3-point line.
“Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with Chicago’s young core and is a proven scorer at the NBA level. We look forward to welcoming back to his hometown,” said Gar Forman the General Manager of the Chicago Bulls. Parker could be the missing piece to the Bulls core that they need. The only downside with the acquisition of Parker is he has already torn his ACL twice in his left knee.
A potential starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls this year could be:
PG: Kris Dunn
SG: Zach Lavine
SF: Jabari Parker
PF: Lauri Markannen
C: Wendell Carter Jr.
With this lineup, the Chicago Bulls would be getting the most out of their most developed youth-talent on the team. Wendell Carter Jr, Lauri Markannen, and Jabari Parker will keep the frontcourt bolstered and will stretch the floor providing much need three-point shot production from that part of the team. Kris Dunn and Zach Lavine proved to be one of the most athletic backcourts in the NBA when they were both on the floor together. Look for the Bulls to push the pace a little bit more now since they have players that will get out and make plays in transition.
In a press conference on Wednesday Parker renounced all doubts about injuries affecting the way he plays the game. “The first time I hurt myself, I did ask why. After that, it’s more like a bounce-back. Just have the mentality to move forward.” He also added, “I just want to be a trailblazer for a lot of people who are going through struggles.” Obviously, to not have difficulty in your life is unrealistic. Hopefully, I have a magnifying glass to help other people who are going through the same thing.”
Parker looks to bring his championship-winning ways from when he played at Simeon to the Bulls team that is in dire need of one in the current era.