The New York Islanders are Overachieving in 2018-2019
The New York Islanders are overachieving in the 2018-2019 season. Why's this the case?
Jabari Parker and Giannis were suppose to be the Bucks cornerstones moving forward and were both going to raise the Bucks to being a force in the NBA. Fast forward to today and Giannis has taken off, literally, while Jabari Parker's future is clouded with mystery.
During his rookie year, Jabari Parker suffered a torn ACL against a game in Phoenix. The surgery to repair it would cost him the rest of the season and the start of his sophomore 2015 season. Thankfully the 2015 and 2016 seasons saw Parker return to form and show off what made him the number 2 overall pick in 2014. Coming into 2016-2017, Parker was due to really take off and secure his future. Unfortunately in February of 2017, he tore his ACL again and his season would be over. His second surgery would have him sidelined for nearly a year, as he made his debut in February 2018.
Jabari made his season debut vs the Knicks in February to a standing ovation; Parker came off the bench and scored a respectable 12 points in his first minutes in nearly a year. This season Parker is averaging 19 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, on over 50% shooting while hovering around 21 minutes per game. Parker has shown flashes of what made him so highly coveted and the Giannis-Parker duo hasn't lost a step.
Prior to his debut this season, Parker was in the middle of seeking a contract extension with the Bucks. Reports first surfaced that he wanted a max contract, and the Bucks didn't offer anything close to a max. The two sides never agreed on a deal so Parker will become a restricted free agent in July. While I believe it was very smart for the Bucks to not tie up $150 million to a guy with two surgically repaired ACL's, especially with that ACL tears do to NBA players, the possibility of losing Parker for nothing is much worse. The Bucks cannot give Parker a max, but they cannot afford to lose him to a team who's willing to take a flyer out on the former number 2 pick. I really hope the two sides can come to an agreement, as the Bucks deserve to be better and Parker deserves to flourish.