Does two people make it a curse for Chicago and ACLs? It's always tough to see a talented player go down so young, because when they come back you'll never know if you really saw everything they would have been.
I'm sure we'll hear all the usual jazz about full recovery, and Parker might be an all-star or even a superstar, but we'll never know if he would have been even better otherwise. If you can stand looking at another ACL tear, here's the video.
Tough loss for the Bucks, who will now likely end up trolling for draft picks rather than hoping to land a playoff spot. Maybe in the end this will work out okay for the if they get just one more good prospect to add to their core and strike gold in this draft, but that's more of an aluminum foil lining than a silver one.
Parker was also, incidentally, the #1 candidate to win the rookie of the year award. Now his PER has dropped quite a bit since my last article about him, but he was still basically leading in most of the obvious stat categories people look at [ie, per game stats and not advanced metrics].
With Parker and Gordon likely out of the running, Nikola Mirotic now looks like the favorite. He may have to fight off K.J. McDaniels, but McDaniels efficiency has plummeted with his TS% dropping from 57% to 50.8% and isn't really bringing much outside of scoring to the table.
The minutes issue which may have held Mirotic back at one point doesn't seem like such a barrier now. Only five players now project to have more minutes then him at the end of the season, and none of the others are playing better ball or contributing to wins on a good team.
For Nikola to win, he'll need to find a steady role when the Bulls have their full complement of big men available, continue his quality play, and overcome the "not a true rookie" stigma since he played high level euroleague ball for the past few seasons. That said, the award is probably his to lose at the moment.
Either way, that 2011 Bulls draft class consisting of Nikola Mirotic and Jimmy Butler that everyone bitched about missing out on MarShon Brooks? That turned out pretty well for Chicago.
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