Last Wednesday Jabari Parker tore his ACL for the second time since his rookie year in 2014. Parker was injured with about six minutes 34 seconds left in the third quarter. The injury came on a play where he didn’t make much contact with his defender but his knee buckled.
Coach Kidd: Jabari Parker suffered a torn ACL last night and will have a 12 month rehabilitation process after surgery. pic.twitter.com/cv1aSZpKD0
— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) February 9, 2017
This news broke the hearts of many because entering his draft year Jabari was debatably the best player in his draft class and this year he was finally making good on his potential.
Parker took a huge step forward this season in his development which makes his second ACL tear even more painful to digest. This season Jabari averaged 20 points for the first time in his career and became a great number two for Giannis Antetokounmpo.
The Bucks have been fighting for a playoff spot the entire season and losing their number two player won’t help their chances.
In their three games without Parker the Bucks have fared well so far, going 2-1. Their success so far is due to various guys on their team stepping up.
In their victory against the Pacers on Saturday Giannis played well obviously, getting 20 points 8 rebounds and 10 assists, but what was most impressive was the performance of the “other guys”.
The Bucks had five other guys besides Giannis score in double figures that night and three of those five were near twenty. Teletovich scored 19 while Monroe and Brogdon both added 17 a piece which is great help for Giannis.
In the win against the Pistons Monday night the Bucks got another big performance from Monroe. He scored 25 in the victory while Beasley added 23. The surprising thing about this victory was that Giannis only scored eight point but the Bucks were still able to come out with a victory.
Their lone loss of the season without Parker was surprisingly against the Lakers who have the worst record of the three. In that game Giannis scored 41, but only two other players scored in double figures which wasn’t enough for them to overcome Los Angeles.
This has proven that the success of this team after Parker’s injury relies on the consistent play of “the others”.