When the Houston Rockets declined the option on forward Chandler Parsons, making him a restricted free agent and then chose not to match the offer sheet he signed with the Dallas Mavericks, it surprised many. It also upset Parsons.
Jesse Blancarte of Basketball Insiders explains that Parsons will have a chance to prove the Rockets wrong.
He is a very good three-point shooter, a willing defender, and underrated athlete. In Dallas, Parsons will play alongside Raymond Felton, Monta Ellis, Dirk Nowitzki, and Tyson Chandler. Under the direction of one of the best coaches in the league in Rick Carlisle, Parsons has the opportunity to expand his game from floor-spacer and wing-defender to a primary scorer and playmaker.
In Houston, James Harden handles the ball and the offense runs mostly through him. When Harden is not taking the lead on offense, Howard is looking to score in the post. This left Parsons to be opportunistic with his scoring opportunities. It will be up to Parsons to find his niche with the Mavericks and show Houston they made a mistake in letting him leave.
Parsons averaged 16.6 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game while shooting 47.2% from the field, 37.0% from beyond the arc and 74.2% from the free throw line last season. Parsons also shined in the Rockets’ six-game series loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the postseason. He went for 19.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 43.8% from the field, 36.1% from three and 73.3% from the foul line. In his three-year career, the former Florida Gator has put up 14.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 47.3% from the field, 37.0% from three and 70.5% from the chairty stripe.
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