Feb 20, 2014; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils forward Jabari Parker (1) and North Carolina Tar Heels forward James Michael McAdoo (43) fight for a rebound in the second half. The Tar Heels defeated the Blue Devils 74-66 at Dean E. Smith Center. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft 2014: Peaking at Jabari Parker

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According to reports, it looks like Joel Embiid will be meeting with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Oh yeah, Embiid won’t be meeting with other teams if the Cavs inform Embiid that they plan to select him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. If all goes according to plan, Embiid will be selected No. 1 by the Cavs, getting rid of any and all speculation about Embiid coming to Philadelphia and all the issues and drama that would cause.

With Embiid going No. 1, it’s almost guarenteed that Milwaukee would sntach Andrew Wiggins with the No. 2 pick. Smashing the dreams of a lot of 76ers fans in the process, but it’s hard to see Milwaukee letting Wiggins fall to the Sixers. If this happens, then Jabari Parker will be landing right where 76ers fans should want him — in Philadelphia.



Jabari Parker has caught a lot of criticism for his defense, or lack thereof, which seems to have some people thinking that he isn’t extremely talented, athletic, and explosive all at the same damn time. Remember when Kansas played Duke in the beginning of the season? The Andrew Wiggins vs Jabari Parker showdown? Jabari Parker had everyone and anyone saying that he deserved to be the No. 1 pick after his 27 point performance on 9-of-18 shooting (4-of-7 from deep).

Jabari Parker is an amazing prospect and has one of the best offensive repertoires in the top-three selections of the draft. He can take his man in the post, off the dribble, on the dribble, spot up, transition; and literally everywhere else on the floor. That’s the reason Parker averaged 19.1 points and 8.7 rebounds last season, shooting 47 percent from the floor and 36 percent from deep.

His offensive abilities appear to be very translatable to the NBA. Most expect him to come into the NBA and drop 18 and 8 on a nightly basis. The only issue is his defense. That’s going to be a problem when he has to check wings like Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Paul George, LeBron James, and others.

The 76ers would be smart to find a way to land Aaron Gordon in the draft to fit with Parker on the court. Gordon doesn’t have much of an offensive game, but his defense is top notch.

The 76ers would have to find a way to hide Parker’s defensive limitations. The good thing about this issue is that good defensive stances and positioning can be taught. It’s hard to teach the gifts that Jabari Parker has on the offensive side of the court. The 76ers are sill a few years away from competing, but Paker will immediately bring fans back into the Wells Fargo Center and ignite the new foundation of the 76ers.

A starting core of Michael Carter-Williams, Jabari Parker, and Nerlens Noel sounds pretty formidable. Could the 76ers have their own “Big Three” in the future if this core comes together? Time will tell, but those three names sound pretty damn good together.

Check out this in-depth breakdown of Jabari Parker’s game from Philly.com.

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