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Immediate Role: Starting combo forward, top scoring option
Per-game: 30-35 MIN, 17-20 PTS, 6 REB, 44.0 FG%, 38.0 3FG%
Mid-range scoring/slashing: We don't know how good Jabari Parker's mid-range repertoire will eventually become, but we do know that it's already quite polished and effective. He'll face up and convert a bunch of spin moves, floaters and short-range bank shots, as well as a steady diet of elbow jumpers and step-backs along the baseline.
During Parker's superb freshman campaign, NBA megastar Carmelo Anthony talked to Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv about the youngster's mid-range wares. "His mid-range game, there’s not too many people at that level who have a mid-range basketball game. It’s hard to teach, it’s hard to learn, so if you have it that’s a special talent."
Several Post Ups: Throughout every game, Parker will likely find some low-post chances. When he does, he'll know how to execute, as he possesses a mix of drop-steps, up-and-under moves and baby hooks.
Timely Triples: Although he wasn't outstandingly productive or efficient from beyond the arc at Duke (36 percent), you could tell Parker has a sweet shot. In the NBA, he'll spot up, create his own threes and operate in pick-and-pop scenarios a couple of times per half.
Rebounding: Parker averaged 11.4 boards per 40 minutes as a freshman and led the ACC in total rebounds and rebounds per game. Those numbers won't translate to the next level, but his size and instincts will help him grab five to seven per night as a combo forward.
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