Insider: Early mock pegs Parker to Cs!

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    September, 9, 2013
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    Too early for a mock draft? ESPN Insider's Chad Ford takes a super early look at the highly anticipated 2014 pick-a-palooza and, utilizing ESPN's Summer Forecast to predict records and draft spot, he projects the Celtics to snag Duke's Jabari Parker at No. 5: 

    http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9652326/nba-andrew-wiggins-tops-2014-mock-draft-10?refresh=true
     
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    The Case For Tanking: Jabari Parker

    By Roy Burton  @TheBSLine on Aug 13 2013, 10:00a 61

    Jabari Parker isn't as good as Andrew Wiggins, but he's pretty close. - Guy Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports STAY CONNECTED  

    Jabari Parker used to be the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2013. But while he no longer holds that distinction, he's still one of the best high school basketball players in recent memory. And he could make the Philadelphia 76ers remarkably better next summer.

    "The best high school basketball player since LeBron James is Jabari Parker..."

    Those 12 words appeared on the cover of the May 21, 2012 edition of Sports Illustrated. Plenty has happened in the 16-plus months since then, but two incidents in particular - a fractured right foot and Andrew Wiggins' reclassification into the Class of 2013 - have turned the 6'8" Parker into something of an afterthought.

    The SI headline may have bordered ever-so-close to the Land of Excess (calling Parker the best high schooler since Greg Oden would have been more apt), but it's easy to understand why many were getting caught up in the hype. A month before that infamous issue hit the newsstand, Parker became only the fourth non-senior to win the Gatorade National Player of the Year award (Oden, James and Brandon Knight were the others).

    Daniel Poneman, a talent evaluator for Five-Star Basketball, was quoted in that very issue, and not only did he fail to shy away from the LeBron comparisons - he took them head-on:

    "Jabari Parker is a once-in-a-generation player. His basketball IQ right now might be better than LeBron James's [at 17]. He's figured out how to dominate a game without scoring. He doesn't care if he scores two points or 50 as long as his team wins. And I've never seen anyone who wants to win as bad as this kid. 

    Parker's mid-range game is NBA-ready, and at 240 pounds, he's already built to handle the rigors of professional basketball. It is, however, a bit disconcerting that 30-35 of those pounds came while Parker was recovering from his broken foot - an injury that allowed Wiggins to jump to the top of everyone's power rankings.

    But unlike Wiggins, Parker is a legitimate point forward with excellent passing ability. Two years ago, a college assistant coach told Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis that Parker's game is reminiscent of Grant Hill "except Jabari is a better shooter."

    When watching highlights of Parker, he doesn't necessarily pop off of the screen like others in his recruiting class (specifically, Wiggins and Arizona signee Aaron Gordon). But very few college freshmen see the floor as well as the reigning McDonald's National Player of the Year, and even fewer are willing to make that extra pass, especially since it comes at the expense of their respective scoring averages.

    And perhaps that's the thing that sets Parker apart from his peers. He has a unique blend of skill, intelligence and humility that's refreshing in many ways - so much so that Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel pointed it out during an interview with Sports Illustrated last year:

    "Jabari is unique. His family has great values. Jabari has earned the right to be a role model for kids in Chicago. His character and seriousness of purpose are exceptional."

    Great values. Role model. Seriousness of purpose. Maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that one of Parker's main goals in life is to be a community activist in his hometown of Chicago.

    So, to recap: Jabari Parker is a fantastic basketball player, a high-character young man and selfless almost to a fault. Andrew Wiggins may be the crown jewel of the 2014 draft class, but Parker would be a hell of a consolation prize.

    We've heard elements of Parker's story before: an underage prodigy playing with - and excelling against - kids who were much older (see Mayo, O.J.). An exceptionally talented player from the South Side of Chicago who led a powerhouse Simeon Rice program to multiple state championships (see Rose, Derrick).

    But there's something about Parker that's... different.

    "Everyone thinks I'm so different, but it's a good different," said Parker in an interview with Sports Illustrated. "My faith keeps me grounded."

    His faith - Parker is a practicing member (and an ordained priest) of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints - presented an interesting wrinkle last summer. While most assumed that Parker would go the one-and-done route in college, there was a strong belief that the "one" would be followed by a "two": The LDS Church strongly encourages its college-aged members (usually men) to embark on a two-year mission.

    Last October, the LDS Church lowered the age requirement for beginning a Mormon mission from 19 to 18. Parker decided to pass on becoming a missionary (choosing instead to sign on with Coach K at Duke), but his faith figures to play a major role in his development going forward.

    There's no telling if of when the trappings of The Association will have on Parker. After all, there was a time where an 18-year-old Dwight Howard wanted to add a cross to the NBA logo.

    That said, there's plenty of reason to believe that the soft-spoken Parker will be just fine on the next level. He's enamored with John Wooden to the point where he has a quote from the former UCLA coach in his Twitter bio. He volunteers for a number of organizations, including the Salvation Army. And unlike most players who won the MVP award at the Jordan Brand Classic, Parker spent three years serving as the waterboy for Simeon High's junior varsity basketball team.

    It's clear that despite the fame, Parker has stayed humble thanks to a strong support system centered around his family. His father, Sonny, was the 17th pick in the 1976 NBA Draft, and spent six seasons with the Golden State Warriors. His mother, Lola, is a former LDS missionary, while his two older brothers - Darryl and Christian - both played college basketball. 

    Although he rarely goes anywhere without The Book of Mormon in his backpack, Parker is a lot like your average 18-year-old basketball prodigy. He prefers Magna Carta... Holy Grail over Yeezus, and counts both "Can I Live?" and "You, Me, Him and Her" among his favorite Jay Z songs.

    So while there are those who may be hesitant in embracing a Mormon athlete - in particular, Sixers' fans - there isn't any cause for alarm.

    Robert Smith, head coach of Simeon High, has been quoted as saying that Parker is the best player that he's ever coached. For what it's worth, Smith guided the aforementioned Rose to consecutive Illinois state titles in 2006 and 2007.

    "When all is said and done, [Parker] could be a dominant player like LeBron or Amare Stoudemire," said Smith in an interview with Jon Greenberg of ESPN Chicago. "He has the potential to be one of those dominant individual players."

     

     
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    Parker would be a steal at pick # 5 in next years draft! 

     
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    In response to R9R's comment:

     

    I don't understand how any African american can subscribe to that abomination of a religion.

     

    But yeah, I'll take a do-anything winner over the stud athlete any day. I think PP helped to teach us that in his showoff vs Lebron in 08

     

    So excited... I really hope we get a top 5 pick... but I really doubt 2-4 will all pass on htwoim though you know two will fall for the 7 footer of the year temptation

     

     

     

     



    +1

     

     
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    In response to R9R's comment:

    I don't understand how any African american can subscribe to that abomination of a religion.

     

    But yeah, I'll take a do-anything winner over the stud athlete any day. I think PP helped to teach us that in his showoff vs Lebron in 08

     

    So excited... I really hope we get a top 5 pick... but I really doubt 2-4 will all pass on htwoim though you know two will fall for the 7 footer of the year temptation

     

     

     

    Why not keep your ignorance/intolerence of LDS to yourself.

    This is a sports forum.


    Pud

     
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    i thought it was smush parker.

    i hope we could get him tho.

    dont play rondo up until the end of all star break

     
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    In response to BCSP's comment:

     

    Parker would be a steal at pick # 5 in next years draft! 

     




    I'd prefer Parker to Wiggins anyway because he's apparently learned what it took LBJ 7 yrs. to find out. Efficiency over flash anyday.

     

    Add a year of Coach K's seasoning and you've got your coach on the floor.

     
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    it doenst matter if it is Wiggins or parker, as long as we could get one of them

     
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    it doenst matter if it is Wiggins or parker, as long as we could get one of them

     
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    Re: Insider: Early mock pegs Parker to Cs!

    Parker won't be there at #5. We'd be more likely looking at Marcus Smart, and a previous thread suggested.

     
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    And this speculation is worth spending as much as five seconds thinking about why?

     
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    because its off season and we're bored.  why are you here?  same reason I suspect

     
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    In response to puddinpuddin's comment:

    In response to R9R's comment:

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    I don't understand how any African american can subscribe to that abomination of a religion.

     

    But yeah, I'll take a do-anything winner over the stud athlete any day. I think PP helped to teach us that in his showoff vs Lebron in 08

     

    So excited... I really hope we get a top 5 pick... but I really doubt 2-4 will all pass on htwoim though you know two will fall for the 7 footer of the year temptation

     

     

     

     

     

    Why not keep your ignorance/intolerence of LDS to yourself.

    This is a sports forum.


    Pud

    [/QUOTE]

    +1

     
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    In response to cole-ely's comment:

    because its off season and we're bored.  why are you here?  same reason I suspect




    +1

     

     

    I don't get why people are annoyed at relevant threads... this is literally the slowest month of the year for basketball... let us speculate and fantasize for Christ's sake!

     

     

     

     
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    In response to R9R's comment:

     

    In response to puddinpuddin's comment:

     

     

    In response to R9R's comment:

     

     

     

    I don't understand how any African american can subscribe to that abomination of a religion.

     

    But yeah, I'll take a do-anything winner over the stud athlete any day. I think PP helped to teach us that in his showoff vs Lebron in 08

     

    So excited... I really hope we get a top 5 pick... but I really doubt 2-4 will all pass on htwoim though you know two will fall for the 7 footer of the year temptation

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Why not keep your ignorance/intolerence of LDS to yourself.

    This is a sports forum.


    Pud

     




    the article brought up Mormonism, so I am allowed to comment. This is the church that wouldn't allow African Americans into their faith until ... 1978. At least the bigotry in the big 3 religions is centuries old.

     

     

     

    Why does my comment need to be removed. This one best not because there is no opinion, just a statement of fact.

     

    The notion that a religion practiced by 15 to 20 million souls worldwide is an abomination is hardly a fact, dipstick.


    That's your opinion... and that belongs in another forum where religion might be fair game.

    Write a letter to DA, a practicing LDS, if you want to know more about this matter.

    I'm sure he would find your characterization of Mormonism worthy of a prompt, enlightening response.... that you might want to share.

    Pud

     
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    I didn't know he was a Mormon him and DA would be able to go to church together. Too bad we're not going to be in the lottery though. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion though. I'm sorry but losing to win in the future is a akin to playing Powerball as financial strategy,it would be great but the odds of success are astronomical. Anyway, I just think we aren't devoid of talent enough to be considered one of the worst teams in the league. I know I'm in the minority but, thats my opinion. We'll see in about a month from now when we start seeing how we're coming together.

       I know we have a lot of questions to be answered and I am truly bummed over PP & KG playing with the nits and not thrilled that Humpty Dumpty is a Celtic, I feel having a new coach at the helm and a new roster we will actually be overall a better team at the end of the year. Sometimes when you remove what you have been solely dependent on and go in a new direction from your established MO it enables talents and skills that were put on the back burner to shine brighter than you expected. In a perfect Celtic universe, we get to and win in the playoffs and crooklyn falls flat on their face and gets in the 1st pick in the lottery and we get who ever it is that most are hoping for. Is it going to happen? Probably not but the odds are about as good as the chances of everything falling are way and us getting Parker or Wiggins. 

     
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    That's like if I pointed to the Spanish inquisition and said I didn't understand why anybody would be a Christian considering the things Christians did to heretics.  You could do that with any religion I'm sure.

     
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    In response to G0DVERNMENT's comment:

    much like paul pierce, parker lacks muscle definition and elite athleticism. and like pierce, i wouldn't be surprised if he fell a bit come draft time. all to the benefit of the C's.




    If the Cs dont get Wiggins, I hope they get Parker!

     
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    Parker won't last till #5, unless Exum opts in to the draft, which seems unlikely.

    Wiggins, Randle, Parker and Smart.  in that order.

    I'll be happy if we are in position #5-8 and end up with Harrison - PG, Gordon - F; Embid - C; or Cauley Stien- C.

    In fact we could trade down a couple spots from 5 and still get Harrison (my pick) and move up with our second first round pick to get to #20 where one of the following should be available - Herzonja, Saric, McDermott, Austin, McGary, Hammond, Johnson, McAdoo, Walker.     

     
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    Wow, not me.

     
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    Re: Insider: Early mock pegs Parker to Cs!

    Chad Ford, who is a decent b-ball analyst, is predicting the Cs will have a 29-win season! Draft options will be plentiful at positions 4 - 6! 

     

     
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