As star powers around the NBA are getting injured at an incredible rate, a young talent is set to return to action. Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker, formerly the No. 2 overall pick out of Duke, will be in the lineup when the Bucks take on the New York Knicks Friday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
The Bucks have endured an up-and-down season, which has been highlighted by inconsistent play among the team’s younger players and dismissal of Jason Kidd as head coach.
Parker is coming back at an opportune time, though. Milwaukee is riding a four-game winning streak since appointing Joe Prunty to interim head coach. At 27-22, the Bucks are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, currently ranking sixth. Milwaukee is just two games behind the third-seeded Cleveland Cavaliers, however.
Parker will likely come back in a bench role until he gets his legs back under him. It’s also possible the team opts to use him as a sixth man, especially if the starters continue their torrid pace.
Parker suffered a torn ACL on Feb. 8, meaning his comeback will come slightly less than a year since the injury. The surgery was performed on Feb. 14 to repair the ligament.
“Jabari has worked extremely hard with our medical, performance and coaching staffs to get to this point,” GM Jon Horst said in a release. “He’s passed all the tests and been cleared to return by our team physician Dr. William Raasch of the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin health network. Just as important, Jabari feels ready to play and we’re excited for his return to game action on Friday.”
Parker had been averaging 20.1 PPG and 6.2 RPG in 2016-17 prior to the injury. Keep it here on AXS.com for more NBA news and tickets to select games.