Jabari Bird is one of those players who spent some time refining their craft in the NBA G League on their way to the National Basketball Association. The former Golden Bear from California, who is known for his aggressive offensive play as well as his ability to do damage in bounce and transition situations, will be looking to build on last season’s statistics in his first full season in the NBA and impress his employers.
Who is Jabari Bird?
On July 3, 1994, Jabari Bird was welcomed into the world by his parents, Carl and Tonya Bird. As a young boy, Bird’s parents exposed him to baseball, soccer, and basketball, a sport that was very dear to his father. Despite his father’s strong love of basketball, he said that he let his son choose a sport he was more attracted to, which happened to be the case.
Bird first attended Benicia High School, where he spent a year, before transferring to the Salesian High School. At that time, the high school student was already 6 feet tall, a fact that gave him an advantage over his classmates and opponents. In the three years he spent with the Salesians, Bird helped the school achieve a 100-8 record and the Division IV State Championship in 2012. His achievements also earned him a McDonald’s All-American team selection and caught the attention of coaches at the Power 5 conference, when dozens of recruitment letters flooded the Bird family mailbox.
Jabari Bird eventually settled at the University of California at Berkely, having previously considered going to Oregon, Washington, or Colorado. He chose to stay close to home so his parents could attend his games and cheer him on. As a rookie, he played in 31 games and averaged 8.3 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. Due to injuries, Bird could only play 23 games in his second year. However, he averaged 10.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. In his junior year, he played 33 games with an average of 10.4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
In his last college season Bird scored an average of 14.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He was then ranked 56th by the Boston Celtics, and about two months after being drafted, Bird put a two-way contract with the team on paper, which meant that he would play for the team’s G-League subsidiary for a considerable amount of time.
Jabari Bird made his professional debut for the Celtics on October 20, 2017, in a regular-season match against the Philadelphia 76ers. After that, he played a total of 13 games with an average of 3 points and 1.5 rebounds per game. However, he played 20 games with the G-League team with an average of 19.3 points and 5.8 rebounds per game, which earned him a place on the Midseason All-NBA G League East team.
Here’s Everything You Need To Know About Jabari Bird
Contract and Salary
In July 2018, Jabari Bird signed over $3 million on the dotted lines of a standard two-year NBA contract to stay with the Boston Celtics. According to various insider reports, Bird, who split his season last season and bid for the Celtics and Maine Red Claws – their G-League subsidiary – is guaranteed for the first year of his contract. When the contract expires in 2020, the player will become a restricted free player, as he would still not have played in the league for more than four years.
Family – Parents
Jabari Bird is not the only member of his family to have played professional sports. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who first attended the University of California at Berkley, where he was a star in the mid-1970s before making it into the NBA.
Carl Bird played under the late legendary Bears head coach Dick Edwards. After averaging 15.2 points per game and being named Co-MVP of the 1975-76 season at the university, he was selected by the Warriors in the fifth round of the 1976 NBA Draft. This was followed by appearances in the Philippines, Italy, and Finland before he finally ended his career. The elderly Bird then returned to California to take a job at San Quentin State Prison when he started his family. After the birth of his son, he set up a basketball court in his backyard where he and his son began to work on their skills in hopes of making it to the big leagues.
The height of the Jabari bird is indicated as 1.98 meters (1.98 feet), which is two inches more than the average height of a shooter in the NBA. Its wingspan is reported to be 6 feet 8 inches, while it is said to weigh 198 pounds or 90 kg.