The Milwaukee Bucks have gotten off to a rough start this season, but the good news is help is on the way, as the Bucks announced Monday that Jabari Parker has been cleared to play in Wednesday’s game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Parker tore his ACL just 25 games into his rookie season, but the Bucks made a surprise run to the postseason without him before losing in six games to the Chicago Bulls. The rookie phenom averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds while shooting 49 percent from the field in his 25 games.
The return of Parker should give the struggling Bucks a boost, although they must be patient with the 20-year-old, and he likely won’t make a huge difference in the area that’s most concerning right now: defense. Milwaukee was one of the best defensive teams in the NBA last year, but they’re currently the worst after three losses.
But even if Parker doesn’t help the defense, it’ll still be great to see him back on the floor, and he should improve a mediocre offense. In addition to Parker’s return, point guard Tyler Ennis has also been cleared to play after undergoing shoulder surgery in May. Ennis came over to the Bucks in the three-team deal that also included Michael Carter-Williams and Miles Plumlee.