If you haven't been paying attention, Jabari Parker has found his game and emerged as a consistent scoring threat for the Milwaukee Bucks in the second half of the season.
Before the All-Star Game, Parker, who was drafted No. 2 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft but missed most of his rookie season after tearing an ACL, has scored 20 or more points just once -- 22 at Washington on Jan. 13. But Parker came out of the break on fire, with 23 points vs. Charlotte and then 28 at Atlanta. He had a career-high 36 points on Feb. 29 vs. Houston and has topped 20 points 10 times (in 24 games) since the All-Star break entering Friday's contest in Boston.
Perhaps not surprisingly, Parker has the largest scoring increase in Bucks history when comparing averages before and after the All-Star break.
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LARGEST PPG INCREASE AFTER ALL-STARK BREAK IN BUCKS HISTORY
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Parker and the Bucks have faced Boston one time since the All-Star break, back on Feb. 22. He had 22 points in that game.
Speaking of playing the Celtics, Milwaukee center Greg Monroe has the best field-goal percentage vs. Boston than any other active player.
CAREER FG% VS. CELTICS, ACTIVE PLAYERS
Thanks to players like Parker and Monroe, the Bucks get a lot of their points from near the basket. In fact, 50.9 percent of Milwaukee's points this season have come inside the paint, which is the fifth-highest percentage in the NBA since the 2000-01 season.
-- The Bucks are shooting 46.6 percent from the field this season which ranks fifth in the NBA.
-- Boston's Amir Johnson has a career 61.3 percent field-goal percentage vs. Milwaukee, which is the second-highest among active players.
-- The Celtics have seven players averaging 9.0 or more points per game, tied for most in the NBA with Memphis. Milwaukee has six such players.
Statistics courtesy STATS Inc.