By By Michael Walton
Following Jabari Parker's move to the bench, the biggest fear from Bulls fans was that Parker would become uber-dejected and let his displeasure with coming off the bench affect his play. But after Friday night's bounce-back effort, concerns about Parker playing with the 2nd unit can be shelved....for now.
Actions speak louder than words, and Parker's play against the Nuggets was screaming:
He would finish the game with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, on 7-for-11 shooting from the field. Parker's free throw shooting left much to be desired (50 percent), but he shot 50 percent from the 3-point line on six attempts, easily his highest 3-point attempt rate of the preseason.
Parker's role with the second unit—according to Fred Hoiberg—is be a point-forward, capable of pushing the tempo with his ability to grab rebounds and bring the ball up the floor himself. His playmaking wasn't anything to write home about (7 turnovers and 7 assists), but he was a part of an overall group effort to try to pick up the slack on a night in which Kris Dunn struggled mightily.
Moving the ball around is certainly a good sign from Parker. He has had a tendency to let the ball stick, but has made legitimate strides in sharing possessions over the...