Jabari Parker was well on his way to a strong rookie season with the Milwaukee Bucks when he tore his ACL against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 15. The Bucks still aren’t commenting on a possible return date, but Parker’s recovery is going extremely well, according to Gery Woelfel of the Journal Times.
Parker reportedly looked good doing drills while the Bucks were conducting pre-draft workouts several months ago, and by all accounts it appears he’s either right on or ahead of schedule in his rehab.
There’s still been some speculation that Parker won’t be ready to return until sometime in 2016, but an associate of Parker laughed that off and called it “junk.” Instead, it’s looking like the youngster will be ready to go for the Bucks’ regular-season opener against the New York Knicks on Oct. 28, although likely on a minutes limit.
Parker is expected to play a big role on an up-and-coming Bucks squad that made a surprising trip to the postseason last year in his absence. He’ll be a matchup problem at the 4 and add some juice to an offense that struggled at times last season.
Parker averaged 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds in 25 games last season.