The Celtics surprisingly signed 2014 No. 2 overall pick Jabari Parker on Friday night after the Kings released him at the trade deadline. Moe Wagner got sent packing and Parker stepped right into Brad Stevens’ rotation on Saturday to score 11 points with 3 rebounds on 5-of-6 shooting.
Parker only appeared in nine games throughout his two seasons with the Kings. He ran into some issues with COVID before the bubble last season, and his lack of defensive presence kept him out of the rotation past that.
Before his time in Sacramento, however, Parker was a relatively effective scorer at the NBA level. He has always averaged at least 12 points a game outside of his two-year stint with the Kings. While he has never been the best three-point shooter, he has always remained an efficient scorer overall.
The Celtics beat the Warriors as Parker poured in two putbacks and a fancy fadeaway shot. Will Parker have a significant role when the Celtics are healthy? The Garden Report debated.