The Milwaukee Bucks will be without their rookie Forward Jabari Parker for the rest of the season, due to a torn ACL. Parker was the leading candidate for the NBA Rookie of the Year award, averaging 12.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game on 49% shooting. The Bucks drafted Parker 2nd overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, after Andrew Wiggins went 1st overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Wiggins was later traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves, along with the 2013 #1 overall draft pick Anthony Bennett, in exchange for Kevin Love.
Wiggins leaps to the top of the ladder in the ROY race. He leads all rookies with 12.8 points per game, despite shooting just 39% from the field.
This has been a tough season for the NBA lottery picks, as Joel Embiid (foot) has yet to play, Aaron Gordon is also out with a foot injury, Marcus Smart has played in just 10 games due to an ankle injury, Julius Randle, 14 minutes into his 1st NBA game, broke his leg, Noah Vonleh is out with a sports hernia and Doug McDermott just suffered a knee injury.
Together with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Brandon Knight, Parker helped lead the Bucks to a 13-12 record. Jason Kidd has played them together with O.J. Mayo and Larry Sanders, and will sometimes move Parker to the 4 and let Khris Middleton play the 3. One thing the Bucks have is depth, so expect Middleton, Jared Dudley and Ersan Ilyasova to see extended minutes.