If the Bucks want to compete for a championship any time soon, Jabari Parker has to emerge as an offensive star in this league. If you're uncomfortable with this aggressive distillation of the current "plan" for Milwaukee, take a moment to watch the following highlight plays of the odds-on favorite to win 2014-15 NBA Rookie of the Year, according to Vegas oddsmakers and NBA general managers. (Side note: It's awesome that the vast majority of GMs think Jabari will win ROY and a plurality of GMs believe he will be the best player from the 2014 Draft five years from now.) Okay, let's get to the highlights.
Did you see Jabari put the okie doke on ace defender Shawn Marion and throw down a dunk? Or how about the breakaway slam against the Cavs where he showed off his impressive hops? Of course, the clutch spin move and flush to ice the game against the Timberwolves is my personal favorite. But I won't blame you if you've fallen in love with Jabari's coast-to-coast finish from the preseason finale. (Second side note: Are you following Brew Hoop on Vine yet?)
Parker led the team (among regulars) with 25.3% USG and 15.1 PPG in the preseason, which speaks to his immense offensive potential, but his 47.3% TS and struggles with outside shooting signal that there is still plenty of work to be done. What should we expect in the upcoming season? Can Jabari beat out Julius Randle, Nerlens Noel, Andrew Wiggins, and the rest of the field for ROY honors? We take on these topics in the latest episode of the Brew Hoop Podcast (note: we recorded this a week ago along with the other podcasts we released this week, so some of the stats are a bit dated).
The conversation loops back around to touch on the important long-term connection between Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo, and ultimately flows to a debate about whether the Bucks will exceed a Vegas over/under win total line of 24.5 wins.
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