What Jabari Parker Means to Milwaukee

Note: This post can also be seen in the July 1 edition of the Clintonville Chronicle and the July 2 edition of the Manawa Messenger.

Jabari. Parker. 

The Milwaukee Bucks took the Duke forward with the second overall pick in Thursday night’s NBA draft, and they could not have made a more perfect selection.

I was extraordinarily high on Australian point guard Dante Exum, who went fifth to the Utah Jazz. I still think Exum will be a perennial All-Star someday, but the Bucks franchise needed Jabari Parker the way human beings need oxygen. 

What makes the Parker selection even more perfect is that Parker wanted to come to Milwaukee as badly as Milwaukee wanted him here. The Bucks need a franchise player both on and off the court, and Parker is absolutely that. 

Parker wanted to go to a place where he was desired, and where he would be the focal point of the franchise moving forward. In almost every one of his interviews since Thursday night, when asked why he wanted to come to Milwaukee, he responded with some form of “they were all-in with me.” Jabari was channeling his inner Cheap Trick – he wanted to be wanted. As a Chicago native, he also wanted to play close to home.