Jabari Parker joined the Wizards Thursday night in the deal which sent Otto Porter to the Chicago Bulls. Here's five things you need to know about the 23-year old small forward.
1. Parker is the son of former NBA player Sonny Parker, who played six seasons for the Golden State Warriors. He is also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a priest in the church, Parker has performed baptisms and administered sacraments.
2. Parker was one of the most highly-touted prospects coming out of high school. He was the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2013 according to ESPN, second only to Andrew Wiggins. Parker chose to go to Duke, and was a member of the Blue Devils team upset by Mercer in the round of 64 of the 2014 NCAA Tournament. While the Blue Devils underachieved as a team, Parker met all the lofty expectations, recognized as the ACC Freshman of the Year and a first-team All-American after averaging 19.1 and 8.7 rebounds per game.
3. Just like the man he's replacing, Otto Porter, Parker was a lottery pick. He was selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks. And once again, Parker played second fiddle to Wiggins, who was selected by the Cavaliers with the first overall pick.
4. Parker has torn the ACL in his left knee TWICE, the first time during his rookie season in Dec. 2014 and again in Feb. 2017. Before the second ACL tear, Parker was in the midst of his best NBA season, averaging 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
5. Parker, a Chicago native, signed a two-year, $40 million (second year team option) with the Bulls in the summer of 2018 after the Bucks retracted a qualifying offer to him. He's currently averaging 14.3 points per game for the season, but fell out of Chicago's rotation for a lengthy stretch in December and January.
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