Though highly unlikely, should the Oklahoma City Thunder have to address the small forward position because Kevin Durant decides to leave the Sooner State in free agency, one player that Thunder general manager Sam Presti should consider to bring it at the three is Chandler Parsons.
Parsons knows exactly what Thunder head coach Billy Donovan wants out of his players. He’d certainly buy into the culture he has in place in Oklahoma City, as Parsons played under Donovan in college at the University of Florida.
Losing Durant would cripple the Thunder’s chances of winning an NBA Championship in 2016-17, but by bringing in a 40% three-point shooter like Parsons at small forward, it could actually prove beneficial for the Thunder’s star point guard Russell Westbrook.
Westbrook is a high-volume shooter who has found a way to make it work with fellow ball-dominant scorer Durant in Oklahoma City. Parsons has averaged 14.3 points per game in his NBA, making 47.3% of his field goals and 37.9% of his three-point attempts.
Having a strong shooter out on the wing that doesn’t have to possess the basketball as often could allow Westbrook to truly lead the Oklahoma City offense, which could allow the floor to open up more for the Thunder to be an even better offensive team.
Should Westbrook choose to walk away from the Thunder in Summer of 2017 when he hits free agency, Parsons would still have the great opportunity to play for his former college coach and help recruit another strong player to come to Oklahoma City.
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