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Jabari Parker dropped 19 hyper-efficient points (9-10 FG, 1-2 3PT, 0-1 FT), eight reounds, and six assists in Thursday's win over the Lakers.
The 25-year-old journeyman has done little with his time on the Kings until Thursday's outing. The former second overall pick is under contract with the Kings next year and will hope to mesh well with a group of young scorers.
Jabari Parker came off the bench during the Kings' scrimmage on Wednesday to score nine points in the 12 minutes that he played. Parker also added three rebounds and a steal during his limited playing time.
Parker recently recovered from COVID-19 and was late to join the Kings' in Orlando. Parker has spent most of this season with the Atlanta Hawks, and a shoulder injury from January refrained Parker from playing in all, but one game with the Kings. If Parker can develop a report with his teammates, he could work his way into the starting power forward position for the Kings, as Marvin Bagley III has been ruled out for the remainder of the season. Parker has the potential to be a solid fantasy contributor in deeper fantasy leagues and could be a great value pick in daily fantasy. His involvement and playing time in the Kings' scrimmages will be important to monitor before the regular season resumes.
Coach Luke Walton said that Jabari Parker played 2-on-2 and participated in a conditioning program with Buddy Hield prior to practice.
Coach Walton confirmed that Hield is a little ahead of Parker in his conditioning but both players have passed their respective COVID-19 clearance test. Parker started the season playing for the Hawks and was traded to the Kings in February. The forward only played in one game for the Kings this season due to a right shoulder impingement he suffered prior to being traded. For the season Parker is averaging 14.5 points and 5.9 rebounds and might be a bargain in DFS.
Speaking on Sunday via Zoom call, Kings head coach Luke Walton stated that Jabari Parker and Buddy Hield have both arrived in Orlando and will begin quarantine.
Parker and Hield, who previously tested positive for COVID-19, must now return two negative tests before joining the Kings on the court. All in all, it's definitely positive news for Sacramento as they are battling with multiple teams for the final playoff spot out West. After getting shipped to Sacramento at the trade deadline, Parker was only able to appear in one game with the Kings before the season was suspended. It remains to be seen what kind of role Parker will serve with his new team in Orlando, but time will tell if he is able to prove his health and provide an impact on the court for the Kings. Through 35 total games in the 2019-2020 season, the Duke product has averaged 15.1 points and 5.8 rebounds a night in what can be classified as an up and down season for Parker.
Jabari Parker did not travel with the Kings to Orlando. He tested positive for COVID-19 back in June and has yet to pass protocol. Parker is expected to join the team in the coming weeks.
Parker is having a good season so far. Once he joins the team he must get acclimated quickly as he played only one game for the Kings since being traded. Nevertheless, Parker must play really well for the Kings to make the playoffs. This season, the 25-year-old is averaging 15 points, six rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals per game. Parker will be an important player for the Kings so he must make an impact from the start.