B/R analyst sees an opportunity for the Boston Celtics in seldom-used Jabari Parker

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Could the Boston Celtics have an underused option on their roster who is actually worth playing more than he has been so far this season? According to a new article by Bleacher Report’s Andy Bailey, they just might.

On hearing such a hypothetical question posed, most fans of the Celtics will likely immediately think of one of the team’s several young players on rookie contracts, and for good reason. As most coaches tend to, new Boston head coach Ime Udoka leans on his veteran players hard to the detriment of the development of his younger players. But the player Bailey is thinking of is not on a rookie deal even if he is still relatively young as a player at just 26.

The player the B/R analyst is thinking of is none other than veteran forward Jabari Parker.

“There isn’t much of a 2021-22 sample size to analyze from Jabari Parker,” rightly notes Bailey.

“He’s only appeared in 12 games, and he’s logged fewer than 10 minutes in seven of them,” which is not likely a mistake given the record-scratch moments which seem to invariably arrive any time the former No. 2 pick is on the floor for longer than five minutes.

“With such limited runs, it’s impossible for a player to gain any sort of rhythm,” adds the analyst, fairly.

“Still, on the rare occasions that Parker has seen the floor for more than a few straight possessions, he’s looked like a capable offensive big who can stretch the floor a bit. He’s 8-of-16 from three and fifth among Boston Celtics in box plus/minus (minimum 100 minutes).”

“For a team ranked 20th in offense, a little boost in scoring off the bench from Parker (who’s averaged 19.5 points per 75 possessions since the start of the 2019-20 season) could help,” claims Bailey.

Could he be on to something here? Or are Parker’s defensive warts bad enough to only warrant bringing him off the bench for brief stints of microwave scoring before the other team can adjust completely to his shortcomings on the other end of the court?

While we might also be critical of the degree which he leans on (other) veterans, we tend to side with Udoka’s usage so far.

But that isn’t to say that crafting the right rotational companions to share the floor with Parker might be a helpful wrinkle to develop as the team’s schedule gets a little lighter.

This post originally appeared on Celtics Wire. Follow us on Facebook!

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