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Jabari Parker

So here's the question. If you have the 1-5 pick in the coming draft, do you pick Jabari Parker knowing that he may go on his morman mission? That's two years he would not be playing on your team.


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As a Suns fan

I watched Amare sit out extensive time flat on his stomach with injuries. He came back a better player and a better person. Do you Waite for J Parker? That's two more years of stinking up the court. Do your fans support your decision?

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personally, i would. i

personally, i would. i wouldnt know what the future holds, but i think theyd be bad the following year which means another high lottery pick. if they get another special or even really good complimentary player to parker then when he would return theyd be set for the future.

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I like your way of thinking

I would too! If I were the suns I would pick Parker to go with Len and whoever they got from the 2015 and 2016 draft. Slow rebuild, possibly awesome.

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I would. He is a potential

I would.

He is a potential superstar if he pans out. He'll be back after two years but atleast you can get 2 more top-5 picks and get ready.

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I'm not familiar with what

I'm not familiar with what goes on during a Mormon mission but I imagine there won't be a whole lot of basketball being played. In all likelihood Jabari definitely wouldn't be improving and theres a small possibility he could get worse as a player. I mean two years completely away from the game can't really help can it?

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Well I was gonna began my

Well I was gonna began my christian mission this summer but i held off. Mormons can have time to play sports or do other things throughout the week, but they have to stick to their plan, like teaching, helping or assisting others. I would take him, 2 years wouldnt be bad, a team is still gonna be bad so they could gamble. Jabari is going one way or another, it just depends when. The BYU three are going. Nick Emery is gone now, he committed to BYU but hes gone for 2 years. Mika their top recruit is doing his freshman year then going if his draft status isnt good and TJ Haws is thinking about doing 2 years outta HS. Its their life, basketball isnt everything. But Jimmer and Steve Young didnt go, just to name a few.

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aaa

Taylor gang, did you choose to get money and &$#%#&@! instead of doing your mission?

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Skipping

Lots of Mormon athletes have skipped including the likes of Danny Ainge. I know that is an option, just curious what you folks think about waiting on Parker. I think I would. Where would you guys pick him if he does go on his mission?

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Haha no, Im in school and I

Haha no, Im in school and I work

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As a Mormon, I went on a

As a Mormon, I went on a mission nearly 44 yrs ago (to England) and I had two boys go on missions. My oldest played college ball. That said , it it hard to stay in any kind of shape, missionaries get up at 6:30 every morning to study and prepare for the day and are encouraged to do sit ups , push ups and exercise for about 30 minutes each day but most don't do a very good job of exercising. My boy came back in pretty good shape but still wasn't in any kind of athletic shape, he red shirted his first yr back.
I haven't heard anything about Parker going on a mission, it would be great if he did, but I doubt he does, I think he will take the route Jimmer, Steve Young and Danny Ainge did and just try to be a missionary by example . As far as drafting him , I would without any reservation, he would be out of shape but the only worry is trying to come back too fast and getting injured. Skill wise he would regain that without a problem. He would come back more mature and better able to handle anything life throws at him and he would be more of a leader. I'd love to see the Jazz get him, he'd be perfect fit with Kanter, Favors, and Hayward.

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Shawn Bradley

If I remember correct, Bradley went on his mormon mission after retiring from NBA.

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I am not sure he will go on a

I am not sure he will go on a mission. If he says he will do a Mormon mission for a year or two it would probably hurt his draft stock a bit. Not much, but he could slide from 2 to 4 or 5.

I would think that he and Wiggins and Julius Randle will be fighting over the top pick all year. Wiggins has the athleticism, but Parker might be more polished. I like the fact that he will be playing for Coach K, too. On the other hand, its hard to pass up a very good, all around power forward like Julius Randle.

Interestingly enough, the 1993 draft featured an exciting, versatile, athletic 6'7 wing, a 6'9 power forward beast who could score, rebound, and run the floor, and a Mormon player who ended up on the Sixers. Now we have Wiggins, Parker, and Randle. The Warriors are loaded and won't be in the running for a top pick but I can see the Sixers there as well as the Magic.

In 1993 the Magic won the lottery even thought they won it the year before too. If they get a top three pick this year after getting the second pick last year, then they will have another young guy to build around. With Oladipo and Vucevic as the young core, I think it would be a great fit for either Wiggins, Parker, or Randle. Marcus Smart seems to be the consolation prize in this draft, and a guy that the Magic really liked. I think the Orlando Magic are in a really good position here going into next year.

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Indoctrination is a terrible

Indoctrination is a terrible thing.

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That's a very vague and

That's a very vague and meaningless term since everyone is indoctrinated to something.

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Religion

Given the topic of this thread I hope you can understand what @Gronounours means from his statement.

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Really depends on what the

Really depends on what the team plans to do. Two years is an awful long time for some GMs who are trying to prove they shouldn't get fired. I know it sounds nice to get another high pick next year, but a lot of people can't wait two years on a top pick. If your goal is to build a playoff team in 5 years then it seems like a great idea to draft him and tank for another year.

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If I am a bad team and Jabari

If I am a bad team and Jabari won't change that for a couple years anyway, then I would absolutely take him. Parker is a stud who has the greatest chance to blossom into a superstar in the draft behind Wiggins.

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Not going

I highly doubt he will go once he is drafted, or ever. His talents will allow to follow in the path of Danny Ainge and Steve Young and never go on a mission.

I would be very skeptical about drafting him for other reasons but his religion would be of no concern for me.

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Tyler Haws

Tyler Haws from BYU did it and averaged around 22 a game last year in his first year back. I doubt Parker will get any worse if he decides to go on a mission.

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Next year's draft does look

Next year's draft does look loaded but until we know where all the prospects are careerwise next summer it's hard to speculate what might happen. But lets say the actual draft stays pretty much like Aran's mock at the moment and Parker does declare but says he'll take 2 years off on a mission. I think he'd fall a bit but not that much, Ricky Rubio fell in 2009 as it was likely he'd remain abroad but still went 5th, Jonas Valanciunas went 5th in 2011 despite it being likely he'd have a wait a year due to his buy out.

So I reckon that Parker if you had to wait a couple of years would still go in top 5 or 6. David Robinson was selected first back in 1987 with the Spurs knowing they would have to wait two years and whilst Parker is a great prospect I don't see him in quite the same level as David Robinson was back in the late 1980's.

One thing I could see happening with Parker would be a stronger team looking longer term and maybe trading up to get him and being willing to wait.

Throwing a curveball on this, what would happen if Parker did a year at Duke and went on his mission without declaring could he then say in 2016 effectively say he'd left college two years earlier and try to sign with a team without going into the draft to get himself on a stronger team. Lets say he spends 2013-14 at Duke, goes abroad and comes back for 2016 summer league and gets an invite from a play off team, could he circumvent the draft that way.

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I would not draft him top 5

I would not draft him top 5 if he wasnt going to play for 2 years, I would want a player that can grow with my team and develop together like with the 76ers they should draft 2 guys who will grow with MCW and Noel. The Magic's chemistry is going to be great in 2 years when all their young players have played with each other for 2 or 3 years and are completely comfortable with each other.

1 year is fine for a top 5 pick like Jonas with the Raptors but to me 10th is when I would consider him if he was going to be gone for 2 years and not playing, like the timberwolves taking rubio at least he was playing in spain getting better for those 2 years parker wouldnt be getting better which would be the problem.

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