We continue our 2018-19 player grades with a look at another former Chicago Bulls forward who took little time to light things up with the Washington Wizards. Here’s what worked and what went wrong for Jabari Parker.
The story on the Otto Porter Jr trade may have been written before Jabari Parker and Bobby Portis even stepped on the floor in a Washington Wizards uniform. Given the general resentment towards Porter and his monster contract, just getting that off the books was considered a success, regardless of who or what the Wizards got back. Fortunately, they got some fun pieces in Parker and Portis.
Jabari Parker took no time to prove he was worth bringing in after a rocky start to the season with the Chicago Bulls. In his first game with Washington, Parker provided a much-needed rebounding presence that the Wizards lacked all year. He grabbed 11 boards in his debut against the Cleveland Cavaliers. He also dished out nine assists that game and finished +16 on the night.
The next night, Parker proved his debut success was no fluke, traveling back to Chicago to face his former team and light them up to the tune of 20 points, five rebounds, and six assists.
Over the next couple months of the season, Parker showed promise but lacked consistency, and couldn’t break away from the bench to land himself a starting spot. However, that may have been for the best.
Here’s what worked and what went wrong for Jabari Parker this season in his 25 games for the Washington Wizards.