Jabari Parker will make his 2017-18 season NBA debut tonight when the Milwaukee Bucks host the New York Knicks. Parker has not played since he injured his knee on February 8 of last year.
The Bucks are hoping that Parker joining their lineup with be a shot in the arm they need for a spot in the post-season. One thing fans seem to forget is that Parker is still a relatively young player in the league. He joined the league as a teenager out of Duke University and has already played three seasons in the NBA. Yet, he has not turned 23 (he will be 23 on March 15).
At the time of his last injury, Parker was 21 and a week from turning 22. He has played 152 games in the league and has amassed 2,403 points, 847 rebounds, 314 assists and 150 steals in his brief career.
What makes these numbers all the more interesting is that there are only a handful of players who have reached the above career numbers in points, rebounds, assists and steals before the age of 22.
Here is a list of the 18 players in league history that had 2,400 or more points, 800 or more rebounds, 300 or more assists and 150 or more steals before the age of 22 (it’s a pretty impressive list):
Shareef Abdur-Rahim, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Kobe Bryant, Luol Deng, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Tracy McGrady, Lamar Odom, Jabari Parker, Josh Smith, Antoine Walker, Russell Westbrook, Andrew Wiggins, Marvin Williams.
It should come as no surprise that the Bucks are looking forward to having Parker in the lineup.
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