During the offseason, one team that was talked about a lot was the Milwaukee Bucks, who had expectations of being a team to contend for a playoff spot in the eastern conference this season. Even though the team is a few games out of the last playoff spot, which is held by the Detriot Pistons, it is going to be a tough path for the team to make it without star forward Jabari Parker, who suffered a torn ACL and is going to be out for the season.
Parker suffered the injury Wednesday night during the game against the Miami Heat, during the second half of the game. Parker stayed down and had to be helped up by teammates. Parker is no stranger to torn ACL’s, as this is the second time in three seasons that he ended his season with a torn ACL.
This season in 51 games, Parker averaged 20.1 points per game, 6.2 assists per game, and 0.4 rebounds per game. Before suffering the season-ending injury, Parker, alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo, helped the Bucks be competitive and compete for the last playoff spot in an easy Eastern Conference compared to the West.
Even though Parker had two seasons ending injury’s already in his really young career, he is still one of the brightest young forwards in the league right now. He is an amazing scorer, and is also a solid passer as well, showing that off this season.
Even though he is a great offensive player, Parker can also play defense as well. Give Parker a good 2-3 seasons with no injuries and setbacks, and he will be one of the league’s best forwards.
On the Bucks side of things, with the way things are looking right now and the team being a few games out of the last playoff spot in the East this injury could not have come at a worse time for them. Without Parker, the team is losing a game changer on offense, someone who can take over a game, and a leader. It will be hard for the team to overcome this, so expect the Bucks to fight hard in the East but in my opinion, this injury is going to be too much for the team to overcome and the team is going to miss the playoffs.
On the Parker side of things, this must be heartbreaking with him being a young age of 21 and already having two season-ending injuries in the NBA.
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