Jabari Bird – From Unranked to Celtics Summer League Star

Jabari Bird | 6′ 6″ | 198 lbs | Hometown: Vallejo, CA

Jabari Bird has garnered some attention this year with his summer league play. The 6’6 guard has been flying high above the rim with athleticism similar to the likes of Terry Rozier. Let’s take a look at how Jabari Bird got to this stage in his career.

High School: Salesian HS

Jabari Bird led his high school team, the “Pride” team (yes, Pride is the schools mascot), to a 100-8 record over his 4 years there. He made the McDonald’s All American Team in high school and was pretty heavily recruited going into college. In fact, he was so heavily recruited that he was the number 20 recruit of his class, the 2013 class. Other notable players from that class include: Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, Aaron Gordon, Jabari Parker, Bobby Portis, Zach Levine, Joel Embiid and others.

College: University of California

During his four years at the University of California, Jabari Bird averaged 10.8 PPG, 1.2 AST, 3.3 REB. He played 114 games and started 80. From the field, he shot 44.2% and beyond the arc 37.1% on 1018 FGA and 187 attempts beyond the arc. He was 9th in the Pac-12 for 3-Point FG in 2016 and 9th for 3-Point FGA in 2017.

Coming out of college there was not a lot of hype for Jabari Bird.

Jabari Bird after college
– Ben Roberts (kentucky.com)
NBA: Boston Celtics

Selected with the 56th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics. He worked to earn a two-way contract between the Celtics and the Maine Red Claws. His professional debut was on October 20, 2017 against the 76ers during which he scored only 3 points in 13 minutes.

Spending most of his time with G-League affiliate Red Claws, Bird alongside teammate Kadeem Allen were named to the Midseason All-NBA G League East Team. Bird was averaging 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, and 2.7 assists.

His best professional game occurred on April 6, 2018 against the Chicago Bulls. He scored 15 points in 24 minutes.

The Future: Optimistic

There is a lot of upside for Jabari Bird’s NBA career. The Celtics have a lot of depth at the guard position though that could change in a very short amount of time. With Marcus Smart, Terry Rozier and Kyrie Irving all becoming free agents in the next 2 years, there is no telling what the back court of the Celtics will look like down the road. There are also a lot of non-contending teams that Bird would be a great fit on.

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