Two California Golden Bears reunite in Boston. Jabari Bird was selected with the 56th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, joining up with his old Cal teammate Jaylen Brown!
Sources: Boston is selecting Cal's Jabari Bird with the No. 56 overall pick in the NBA Draft.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) June 23, 2017
Although Ivan Rabb got a ton of attention, Jabari has been working out with a ton of teams, and he definitely deserves this chance to make an NBA team. I’m guessing you’ll see Bird plenty in summer league in a few weeks to try and get a roster spot, hopefully playing with Brown!
Bird’s ability to catch and shoot was among the top in the nation. Even though he took a backseat to Rabb and Brown and Tyrone Wallace offensively, Bird still was able to produce strongly, shooting 41% from three in 2015-16 and averaged 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds a game his senior campaign. Here’s hoping Bird can find a place to take his shooting ability and solid fundamentals and find a place for himself in the league, whether it’s with Boston or elsewhere!
Congrats to Jabari! Go Bears!