Why Duke Star Jabari Parker Is Poised to Become a Future NBA Scoring Machine

Jonathan Wasserman@@NBADraftWassNBA Lead WriterNovember 19, 2013

This guy is just unstoppable.

Jabari Parker is showing signs that would suggest he's poised to become one of the NBA's next big scoring machines.

He really looks like a pro out there, much like Kevin Durant did at Texas, Anthony Davis did at Kentucky and Derrick Rose did at Memphis. 

Even Carmelo Anthony told Bleacher Report that Parker reminds him of a special someone:

It's not that Parker continues putting points on the board at a record pace for Duke. 

Jabari Parker is the 1st freshman w/ 20+ points in each of his team's 1st 4 games since Michael Beasley & Eric Gordon in 2007-08.

—ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 19, 2013


It's how he's putting up points that's been eye-opening from an NBA-scouting perspective. He's easily the most complete offensive prospect we've seen over the past few years. 

Parker has moves to go to and others to counter with. He's getting buckets whether his man is playing good defense or not—and that's what separates him from most young offensive talents. 

In the pros, all primary-scoring options are equipped with perimeter-scoring arsenals. It's a counter to rim protection, which has gotten tighter over the years. The top scorers need to be able to consistently connect from outside, where they can work in isolation and avoid traffic around the key.

With a number tricks in his perimeter-scoring arsenal, Parker has that ability to take over any game he chooses.


Perimeter Scoring

Perimeter scoring isn't just about jump shots—it's the art of creating them. 

But not only can Parker create his own shot on the perimeter, he's got the accuracy, size and balance to knock down any one he takes. Parker has the rare ability to lock in with the rim from any angle or spot on the floor, as long as he can cleanly release. 

He doesn't require time or space—if Parker can get his shot up without his mechanics being disrupted, it's going to be a fairly high-percentage attempt. 


Separating into Good Shots

With the ability to separate for good shots on the perimeter, Parker can create an excellent scoring chance for himself whenever he has the ball. 

Take a look at this play. Parker is staring at a one-on-three, which to most players, is a dead end. But his ability to separate for a good shot gives him a scoring opportunity few are capable of creating in this situation. 

After just two dribbles, Parker elevates high for a balanced, straight-up-and-down jumper that not one of the three defenders is able to challenge.

The difference between Parker and Andrew Wiggins right now is that Parker is able to separate into a clean, balanced shot. Wiggins' handle is a bit shaky, and his ability to start, stop and gather isn't as smooth. 

Parker also has next-level footwork. He doesn't even have to use a dribble to free himself up. Parker wastes no movement out there, making every step with purpose.

With a man tight on his back, watch how Parker creates separation with an old fashion jab step. 

While squared up to the rim, Parker takes his right foot and jabs it into his defender. This ultimately gets his man to lean one way so that Parker can pull back the other way. Check out how much separation he gets without even putting the ball on the floor:

He's got such a good-looking stroke that it doesn't matter whether he's creating his own shot or catching-and-shooting off the ball. If he has room to rise and fire, start running the other way. 



Every big-time scorer needs to be able to improvise. That means making shots you don't practice or plan on taking in a game. 

Improvisation is all about adjusting on the fly. And Parker has the ball skills and instincts to make it happen. 

I'd be surprised if the shot below was one he's ever made or taken before.

He's got that basketball GPS—the ability to locate the rim from unfamiliar angles. No matter what the defense takes away, Parker always seems to have some type of offensive answer. 


Complete Offensive Game

I'm just not sure if there's a question to ask or red flag to throw concerning Parker's game. He's a terrific athlete with the body and frame of a young 'Melo, along with a diverse and incredibly refined offensive repertoire.

Parker can score from behind the arc, just inside it, at the rim and above it. And he can do so by playing on or off the ball. 

Feel free to value his versatility, basketball IQ and other strong intangibles. But don't leave out his ability to light up the nets.

He's going to be a scoring machine one day in the NBA thanks to his advanced perimeter-scoring arsenal and overall offensive instincts. 


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