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Another scout links Jabari Parker to Paul Pierce

Chuck - Red's Army March 10, 2014 Draft News, Paul Pierce 20 Comments

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Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders got a scout’s opinion of Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid.

On Jabari Parker:

“Jabari is a player who scares teams. You’re scared to pass on him because he has the ‘it’ factor, smoothness and intangibles. Nobody says a bad thing about him. Even players in the league who know him speak very positively about him. He seems like a great kid and someone who would be great in a locker room. He’s very talented.

“The reason you’re scared to take him is because there is a history of players who played the four in college whose games haven’t translated to the NBA, such as Michael Beasley or Derrick Williams. There’s some concern that he’ll struggle and become a tweener. The best thing for him is that players like LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Paul Pierce have been moving over to power forward lately and thriving in the position, because it shows teams that having a player like that at the four can work.

“Still, there are questions about Parker’s body and athleticism. He’s not the quickest guy and his athleticism has been questioned. He’s had some explosive moments, but there are a lot of times when he doesn’t look like a good athlete. Teams will likely want to change his body and conditioning once he gets to the NBA.

“He was shooting the ball really well early in the season, which skewed his numbers, but he has come back down to earth lately. I think he’ll be a very good player in the NBA, but I don’t know if he can be a franchise-changing savior that some people peg him to be. My NBA comparison for him is Paul Pierce.”

Is it me or can the comparison to Paul Pierce be interpreted as a slight? If becoming a 10-time All-Star, 24,000 career point scorer, World Champion and Finals MVP is the floor for Jabari Parker, I think most teams will be thrilled. I’m going to pretend I didn’t read Michael Beasley’s name in this write-up.

On Andrew Wiggins:

“He’s lightning quick and he has one of the best first steps that I’ve ever seen. He doesn’t get his shoulders low, he stands straight up and down and is kind of mechanical when he plays. He also has a tendency to settle for jump shots. He’s extremely athletic, though, and he can get by anyone.

“I’m not sure about his body language. He’s not a pouter or anything, but it just seems like he’s either happy or overwhelmed. I’d like to see him get angry and fired up. I really haven’t seen any competitive emotion from him.

“I think he has a high ceiling, but I don’t think he’ll be a LeBron James or Kevin Durant type of player like some people are projecting. I could see him making a major impact on a team because he is such a great athlete, he can get by anybody and he shows flashes of brilliance. Every so often, he’ll make an incredible move and then you just don’t see it again for a long time. That consistency has to improve.

“He’s still so young and has so much room to grow, so it’s difficult to say what his ceiling will be. I’ve heard some people say that his upside is Tracy McGrady or Paul George, which makes sense. I could also see him becoming a lot like Rudy Gay.”

Rudy Gay? [Shivers]

On Joel Embiid:

“His footwork reminds me of Hakeem Olajuwon and his power, outside shot and skills remind me a little of Patrick Ewing. He could be really, really good.

“I do think the pressure of being hyped up as the consensus No. 1 pick did start to get to him a little bit. He hasn’t been the same player recently. Yes, he’s had the health issues, but he doesn’t seem as loose and his demeanor has changed. A team will definitely have to look into his background and learn about him before using such a high pick on him.

“The back issue is kind of scary too for a big man. You never want to see that in a young center. The team that picks him will have to look into that and make sure it’s not something that’s going to limit him.”

Could concerns over a back issue allow another player to fall to the Celtics in the draft?

Check out the rest of the story for the scout’s take on Dante Exum, Julius Randle and Noah Vonleh.

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  • ian

    This guys nitpicks are stupid. Wiggin’s shoulders? Im sure he doesnt like that Wiggins second toe is longer than his big toe as well. These kids are 19 and all play hard- they’ll be pretty good.

  • Guest

    Parker is clearly the “go to” guy for a team that wants instant impact. Embid & Wiggins will be good to great players, but both are more raw or a “project”. Parker is NBA-ready. And Embid scares me as he has been oft injured. But I have faith in Ainge-he & his scouts know what they’re doing.

  • KWAPT

    Alex Kennedy reminds me of Malachi from “Children of the Corn”..

  • bill_nair

    Everytime I watched Jabari ive been reminded of pierce. He has sneaky athleticism and is crafty about how he gets his. Everyone mentions Melo because of his rebounding skills and scoring ability, but the way he scores is more Paul than Melo.

    Im worried Wiggins becomes Jeff Green 2.0. Alot of times this year he just hadnt had the motor you’d like out of him. Cant blame him though since Stern forced him to go to college when he should be in the league already. Hes probably already bored of college ball.

    Embiid is extremely tantalizing which is what scares me about him. Its hard to say he wont be an elite center in this league with his skills and how far hes come in a few months, but theirs the health issues and the fact hes not a very good defender. Most young centers who go in the top 5 at least dominated one end of the floor, Embiid has done neither. Hopefully he falls out the top 5 into our laps.

    • John Smith

      Embiid is going 1 or 2.

    • ian

      Embiid not a good defender?

    • ian

      I second the jabari- paul comparison.

  • Jake Gruber

    I haven’t seen Wiggins play that much, but just from that description he sounds an awful lot like a certain guy on the celtics roster already (Jeff green)… Stands straight up, freakishly athletic but doesn’t maximize it, settles for a lot of jumpers, and is either happy or emotionless, will occasionally see a big time play and then nothing for a long time…

    • adam

      I thought the same thing.

  • NE_Celt

    I have a feeling the “back problems” thing wont affect Embiid…and it has to do with DA…I mean he picked up Sully who slipped in the draft because of back issue concerns, and I think the league has seen Sully enough now to know he shouldn’t have slipped to where he did in the draft…Sully was a steal! So other GM’s will probably sack up and take Embiid even with possible back issues, because they know DA wont flinch at the opportunity!

  • John Smith

    Scouts are so down on these guys, Rudy Gay? wtf..

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  • Dustin Chapman

    “I don’t think he will be a franchise player. I think he will be like Paul Pierce.” You know, Paul Pierce, that future Hall of Famer that was unquestionably the franchise player and an All-Star nearly every year of his career.

    • ian

      seriously. ignorant article

  • Tim Wing

    I like the Jabari Parker comparison’s(Pierce & Anthony). Michael Beasley isn’t a bad comparison either when talking about potential and his ability/style of play. Beasley had a breakout season in his 3rd year averaging 19 ppg. He looked like he was on his way to being an all-star but an injury, plus his attitude & lack of passion for the game is what has kept him from fulfilling his potential.

  • Tim Wing

    If Andrew Wiggins can become the Rudy Gay that’s been playing really well this year since being traded to the Kings, I’d take that. You could at least package him in a deal with other players and picks to get a franchise player.