One came to the Bucks from the west coast, the other from the east coast. Kareem Abdul Jabber, actually Lew Alcindor (Alcindor changed his name later on) was the Bucks first pick in the 1969 draft as well as the #1 overall pick in that year.
Jabari Parker – Duke, was the Bucks first pick in the 2014 draft which was #2 overall.
In his rookie season Parker is making this game look easy, and a “name” for himself by posting some damn good numbers one month into his pro career. Parker was named the Rookie of the Month for the Eastern Conference Wednesday (Dec3). During October/November Parker averaged 11.9 points (which tied him for 1st among rookies), 6.1 rebounds, 1.7 assists, and 1.33 steals. He also collected double-doubles in 2 of his first 3 games in the NBA. Not only was he the 14th player in the last 30 seasons to post those “double-doubles,” he is also the first teenager, at 19 to accomplish it.
Now let’s jump into into Doc Brown’s DeLorean and travel the space time continuum back to the 1969-70 season when a fresh faced rookie from UCLA by the name of Lew Alcindor broke into the NBA with our beloved Bucks. Back then the NBA didn’t recognize Rookie Players of the Month let alone vital stats like steals and blocked shots.
Alcindor’s numbers his rookie year would lead you to believe his numbers were the same as Parker’s during his first month and probably a little better. Alcindor averaged 25.6 points his first month in the NBA, I’m also willing to bet he recorded at least 2 double-doubles his first 3 games, maybe even in all three. As far as the rest of the stats available for his rookie year he averaged 14.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists, safe to assume those numbers were evident in the first month as well.
So, what I’m getting at, is NOT that Jabari Parker is the next coming of Kareem…but, the fact that things are starting to line up for the Bucks, so fans better be ready for success on the horizon.
* Seven other Bucks have been named Rookie of the Month: Vin Baker (Feb. 1993-94), Glenn Rbinson (Dec & April 1994-95), Andrew Bogut (Jan. 2005-06), Yi Jianlian (Dec. 2007-08), Ramon Sessions (April 2007-08) and Brandon Jennings Oct/Nov, Dec, Jan, & March 2009-10)