On Feb. 8, 2017, Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker suffered the second torn ACL of his young career. He faced a year of rehabilitation and significant doubts about his future in the NBA.
Now six days short of the anniversary, Parker will return to the court for the Bucks in their matchup on Friday against the New York Knicks.
In his first game back from the second torn ACL in his career, Milwaukee will play it very safe with Parker. In fact, it shouldn't surprise anyone if the team plays it extremely conservative with the 22-year-old and his surgically-repaired knee.
Last season, Parker put his scoring abilities on display and found different ways to stuff the stat sheet. In 51 games, Parker averaged 20.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists and one steal per game in nearly 34 minutes per night.
For patient fantasy owners, they could start to see reliable fantasy contributions from Parker after February. The team will limit his minutes to start out and then could keep him out for back-to-back games, minimizing any potential risk for a third ACL injury.