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Bucks coach Jason Kidd still considers Jabari Parker a rookie

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Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker and head coach Jason Kidd pose for a picture during the team’s NBA basketball media day Monday, Sept. 28, 2015, in St. Francis, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)


Jabari Parker played so well in his 25 games last season, I strongly considered him for my All-Rookie second team. That was partially due to a weak rookie class, but Parker’s production – 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game – played a part.

Bucks coach Jason Kidd didn’t think the No. 2 pick accomplished quite as much.

Kidd, via Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

“Someone asked a good question. I didn’t have the answer: ‘Is he still a rookie this year because he only played 18 games?’” Kidd said before the Bucks logged a 110-101 preseason win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. “And so I don’t know the answer to that, but in our eyes, he’s still a rookie.”

Technically, no, Parker is not a rookie. If someone plays even one game in a prior season, he’s no longer a rookie.

I’m a little perplexed Kidd still considers Parker a rookie. Sure, Parker might have progressed more on his weaknesses – namely outside shooting and defense – with a healthy season. But, overall, he seems about as seasoned as a typical second-year lottery pick.

Parker, who tore his ACL in December, participated fully in Milwaukee’s first preseason practice. Yet, he has yet to play in a preseason game.

The Bucks are really treating him with kid gloves.