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Jabari Parker Declares for 2014 NBA Draft

5-jabari-parker-duke-freshmanAfter one of the roughest seasons in recent memory, good news keeps coming in for the Boston Celtics. After the team secured the fourth-worst record in the NBA last night, ensuring a 33.5 percent chance at the one of the top 3 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Wednesday afternoon, that draft pool got a little bit deeper as freshman phenom Jabari Parker declared for the 2014 NBA Draft via an article he wrote for SI.com. Here is a key excerpt of the well-written piece, which explained his decision:

I haven’t consulted many people during this process. I talked to my parents, though. They simply said it was my decision and they would stand behind me either way. They just want me to be happy.

Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions:

Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?

Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?

The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.

There is something else. My father, Sonny, played in the NBA. I know firsthand that the career span of a pro basketball player is finite. The lucky ones play until their mid-30s. With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It’s ironic, but true.

With Parker’s declaration, the Celtics will be enjoying a top pick in one of the deepest drafts in recent memory. Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid are selected to go in the top 3, meaning players like Dante Exum, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, and Noah Vonieh could all be available from the 4-7 slots, if the Celtics are to draft from those positions. The lowest the Celtics could fall in the draft after the lottery is the eighth spot (which is very unlikely).

We’ll have more on Parker in the coming days, but for now enjoy the fact the Celtics will be able to make a big addition to their team through the NBA Draft this June.