Although the Milwaukee Bucks were the worst team in basketball last season, finishing with a record of 15-67, they may have two talented players worth building around in the 2013 first round pick, swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo and the second-overall pick of June’s draft, forward Jabari Parker.
According to Jesse Blancarte of Basketball Insiders, Parker and Antetokounmpo should fit very well together, even if they don’t have defined roles at first.
Fortunately for Kidd and the Bucks, Parker and Antetokounmpo are both skilled enough that they should be able to find success in whatever role they are given. Parker, like all NBA rookies, will have stretches where he will struggle to assert himself– particularly on defense where he needs to improve– but will have as good of a chance as any rookie to make a strong impact next season.
With other young, talented players like guard Brandon Knight and big man Larry Sanders, the Bucks certainly have a lot to look forward to in the future.
Antetokounmpo averaged 6.8 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 41.4% from the field, 34.7% from beyond the arc and 68.3% from the free throw line last season. Parker averaged 19.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 47.3% from the field, 35.8% from beyond the arc and 74.8% from the free throw line for the Blue Devils last season. The last time Parker was officially measured, he came in at 6’8.5 and 240 lbs. with a wingspan of 6’11.5 at the Kevin Durant Camp in 2013.
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