Duke star forward Jabari Parker figured to jostle with Kansas' Andrew Wiggins for the right to be chosen atop the 2014 NBA draft. Although he didn't go off the board first, Parker arguably entered a better situation in being drafted No. 2 overall by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Any suspense following the Cleveland Cavaliers' selection of Wiggins with the first pick was put to rest by Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry, per ESPN's Andy Katz:
Jeff Goodman of ESPN noted how happy the Bucks were when the Cavs passed on Wiggins:
Wally Szczerbiak of CBS Sports Network feels Parker is the better player:
Parker was pumped to land in his desired destination, per the team's official Twitter account:
Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com noted how interesting the mutual interest was between Parker and the Bucks:
ESPN's J.A. Adande and Skip Bayless outlined the positives of Parker heading to Milwaukee:
As Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reported before the draft, Parker had a promise from Milwaukee that it would take him if he was still there:
ESPN Stats & Info points out how Duke continues to produce exceptional NBA talent:
With regard to determining how Parker projects to the pros, ESPN's Numbers Never Lie provided a fascinating statistical launching point:
Chad Ford of ESPN outlined the plans the Bucks have for Parker with regard to how he'll fit into the current roster:
Parker was considered the more pro-ready prospect overall over Wiggins. The fit with the Bucks is intriguing, because Parker brings some much-needed scoring to the fold. Although he is capable of taking over the 3 position, he can flex to the 4 thanks to his 6'8" frame.
Should Ford's information be correct, on paper the Bucks are suddenly formidable. A lineup featuring Parker at power forward, Larry Sanders clogging the paint, freakish athlete Giannis Antetokounmpo at the 3 and a backcourt with O.J. Mayo and Brandon Knight, Milwaukee has some serious firepower. The pieces are in place for the Bucks to improve quickly in a weak Eastern Conference.
This marriage between Parker and the Bucks brings some serious excitement to Milwaukee. The decision made by the Cavs to go with Wiggins may turn out to be beneficial, but Parker's polish coming out of college may see Cleveland regret passing on him.