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The Milwaukee Bucks will ask Jabari Parker to shoulder a huge portion of the club's offense in 2013-14. As such, they're giving him the green light to aggressively look for his shot during summer league.
It's one thing to assertively attack the rim (which Parker has done several times), but the Duke product has also tried a superfluous number of off-balance, contested jumpers during the Bucks' first couple of games in Las Vegas.
After Milwaukee's loss to the Phoenix Suns, ESPN.com and B/R NBA Lead Writer D.J. Foster didn't mince words about Parker's display: "Dreadful shot selection, bad decision-making...and selfish play marred Parker's night, as he seemed uncomfortable with the idea of letting anyone else make a play with the ball."
Consequently, he's hitting just 35 percent from the field so far in Vegas, going 2-of-9 (22 percent) from long range. He's fading away on many of his attempts, and B/R NBA Draft Lead Writer Jonathan Wasserman noted that Parker's shooting is "short on almost everything."
His footwork, shot-creating skills and confidence give him more perimeter opportunities than most rookies, but that doesn't mean he should take all of them.
Shot selection wasn't one of his strongest suits at Duke, and it looks like he'll need some grooming in that department moving forward.