Jabari Parker set to make season debut Wednesday

According to CF Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jabari Parker has been fully cleared by team doctors to make his season debut Wednesday when the Bucks host the 76ers.

The motivation behind activating Parker for Monday’s game in Brooklyn is to enable him to go through a regular pregame warmup routine prior to Wednesday night.

While Parker has been practicing since the start of October and looked good during the team’s open scrimmage prior to the preseason, he has not played in a regulated game — summer league, preseason, or regular season — since tearing his ACL last December. The injury ended Parker’s rookie season after only 25 games, but he started each contest and averaged 12.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 49 percent from the field and just 25 percent from three.

Jason Kidd has not yet revealed whether Parker will immediately be a part of the starting lineup, but once he’s back up to speed, the expectation is that he’ll be the regular starter at power forward. Johnny O’Bryant has started alongside Greg Monroe, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton and Michael Carter-Williams in each of the last two games, while Chris Copeland got the nod on Opening Night against the Knicks.

Considering how cautious Parker and the Bucks have been throughout the rehab process, it wouldn’t be surprising if Parker’s role is limited in his first handful of games. Neither party has commented on a potential minutes limit, but it’s safe to assume Parker will be watched very closely. After Wednesday’s game, the Bucks play their first back-to-back set of the season, facing the Knicks in New York on Friday night before returning home to host the Nets on Saturday. It remains to be seen whether Parker will be cleared to play in both contests.

The Bucks also announced Monday that Tyler Ennis has been medically cleared after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Ennis played sparingly last season after coming over from Phoenix with Miles Plumlee in the Brandon Knight deal, and he’s unlikely to be a significant contributor this season, barring an injury or two.

With Parker and Ennis remaining on the sideline Monday, the Bucks will be especially shorthanded, as John Henson (achilles) and O.J. Mayo (hamstring) have also been ruled out. Henson sustained an achilles injury during Wednesday’s opener, while Mayo has missed each of the first three games.

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  1. Good to see! Makes that game a must watch now. How will the team be with Parker in the starting lineup which has been really good so far. Let’s hope he is back to full health.