“Definitley,” Parker said when asked if Barcelona could compete in the NBA. “Because we have esentially three guys who aren’t just NBA players but main guys. Myself, Sato [Tomas Satoransky] and Willy [Hernangomez] and the experience is there because we’ve been playing profesionally for a long time.”
Yeah, there is no way any team from overseas could compete against an NBA team. This is like the argument a few years ago where football was rolling, and the topic broached was: could Alabama Football beat the worst team in the NFL? The answer was a resounding no, and Parker’s claim warrants the same answer.
Also, how can Jabari Parker call himself a main guy in any scenario when he didn’t play basketball last year? The two guys he mentioned played in the NBA more recently than he did, and Parker has only played in 31 total games in his past four seasons in the NBA; he’s being loose with the term “playing professionally,”
Also, how can Jabari Parker view his team as one that could compete with any team in the NBA when he said: “he’s not paid to play defense.”
If that team plays against Giannis, Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid, Kevin Durant, or Luka Doncic, those guys might drop 80 points.
Is Jabari Parker correct? Could FC Barcelona compete in the NBA?
The short answer is no. If an NBA player goes overseas, it’s for three reasons: they aren’t what they used to be, they were a bench player holding one of the last two spots on the roster, or they view this as an opportunity to get back into the NBA again.
After suffering two ACL tears during the early part of his career, Parker could never recapture what made him the number two overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo were supposed to be a dynamic duo in Milwaukee instead; he was out of Milwaukee after his rookie contract.
After leaving Milwaukee, Parker bounced around to five teams [Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, Atlanta Hawks, Sacramento Kings, and Boston Celtics.]
By that point, Jabari Parker was a role player for those franchises just trying to stick around in the NBA.
Parker is now on a powerhouse squad in FC Barcelona that won 20 Spanish Championships and 27 Spanish Cups. The team is loaded with talent Tomas Satoransky, Hernangomez, and former number six overall pick Jan Vesely. After not playing last year, Parker should be fresh and ready to help Barcelona capture another championship.
Parker does have an NBA-opt-out clause, so he could leave Barcelona if an offer from the NBA arises. Hopefully, Parker will use this opportunity to find his way back into the NBA again.
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