There's no question that Jabari Parker is will immediately be one of the NBA's top scorers once he goes pro, but to become a true superstar, he must improve the rest of his game. Mike Krzyzewski has learned a lot from his time as the national team coach, as you can see that in how Duke plays. The Blue Devils are constructed along the same lines as Team USA, spreading the floor with 4-5 shooters and lacking a traditional low-post presence. Because of that, Jabari Parker, instead of playing as a combo forward, is often used as a small-ball center. Right now, though, Jabari more closely resembles Carmelo Anthony, a combo forward. At 6'8 and 240 pounds with a 7'0 wingspan, he is an elite shooter and ball-handler, a combination that makes him nearly impossible to defend. Like Carmelo, Jabari is far too quick to be guarded by bigger defenders and far too strong to be guarded by smaller ones. When his outside shot is falling, he can essentially score at will at the college level. He is averaging 18 points and eight rebounds on 46 percent this season. If there is a concern about Jabari, it's the other statistical categories. He averages 1.3 assists on 2.1 turnovers a game, which tells you that he isn't making a lot of plays for his teammates. It's not that he can't read the floor, it's that he's mostly worried about getting buckets. Just because he can score over double and triple teams doesn't necessarily mean it's a great idea. Sometimes, the hardest thing for a great scorer to do is give up the ball. What Jabari has to learn is that it's not always about his offense. If Duke makes a deep run in the NCAA Tournament, it won't be because he will score a lot of points. It will be because Rodney Hood, Quinn Cook, Andre Dawkins and Rasheed Sulaimon are scoring points too. Cook, the Blue Devils' point guard, is their only player averaging more than two assists a game. While he can distribute the ball, he will never draw as much defensive attention as Jabari.
Jabari Parker is a great scorer, but must improve elsewhere
SB Nation | Jan 31