Feb 5, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets small forward Chandler Parsons (25) looks to set the play during the first half against the Phoenix Suns at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Rockets: Chandler Parsons' Ranks Among NBA Small Forwards

Being a few days away from the 2014 All-Star weekend, the Houston Rockets are now 35-17, and stand second in the Southwest division behind the San Antonio Spurs. All the hype this season has been more towards James HardenDwight Howard, and even Jeremy Lin. 

There have been many stories about the Rockets this season such as Omer Asik rumors, who will be Daryl Morey’s third star, and is Kevin Mchale the right coach for Houston? But part of that reason for all the success is the play of Chandler Parsons. Parsons is an emerging small forward in the NBA and has insane potential to be one of the top at his position, but where does he rank this season in the 3 major offensive categories?

 

 

Scoring 

RK PLAYER TEAM GP MPG PTS FGM/FGA FG% 3PM/3PA 3P% FTM/FTA FT%
1 Kevin Durant OKC 52 38.1 31.2 10.2/19.9 .512 2.2/5.3 .419 8.6/9.8 .878
2 Carmelo Anthony NY 48 38.6 27.1 9.6/21.4 .448 2.0/4.8 .414 6.0/7.1 .844
3 LeBron James MIA 48 37.2 26.1 9.5/16.7 .573 1.3/3.7 .358 5.7/7.5 .753
4 Paul George IND 51 36.2 22.4 7.7/17.4 .442 2.4/6.4 .374 4.7/5.5 .854
5 Rudy Gay SAC/TOR 45 34.7 19.9 7.4/16.3 .457 1.0/2.7 .358 4.1/5.0 .817
6 Evan Turner PHI 52 35.0 17.4 6.6/15.4 .431 0.7/2.5 .287 3.5/4.2 .831
Luol Deng CHI/CLE 38 35.7 17.4 6.3/14.3 .443 0.8/2.8 .299 3.9/4.9 .795
8 Chandler Parsons HOU 47 37.7 17.0 6.5/12.9 .502 1.9/4.7 .397 2.2/3.1 .729

 

 

Rebounding 

RK PLAYER TEAM GP MPG OFF ORPG DEF DRPG REB RPG RP48
11 Luol Deng CHI/CLE 38 35.7 66 1.7 167 4.4 233 6.1 8.2
Trevor Ariza WSH 45 35.5 56 1.2 219 4.9 275 6.1 8.3
Rudy Gay SAC/TOR 45 34.7 65 1.4 210 4.7 275 6.1 8.5
Kawhi Leonard SA 41 28.6 52 1.3 198 4.8 250 6.1 10.2
15 Evan Turner PHI 52 35.0 48 0.9 262 5.0 310 6.0 8.2
16 DeMarre Carroll ATL 45 31.1 63 1.4 188 4.2 251 5.6 8.6
17 Chandler Parsons HOU 47 37.7 40 0.9 217 4.6 257 5.5 7.0

 

No small forward averages more than nine rebounds per game, but Parsons still ranks in the top 20 at his position. Of his 5 plus rebounds a game, Parsons averages about 1 offensive board, and 4.6 defensive boards.

 

Assists

RK PLAYER TEAM GP MPG AST APG TO TOPG AP48M AST/TO
1 LeBron James MIA 48 37.2 316 6.6 169 3.5 8.5 1.87
2 Kevin Durant OKC 52 38.1 288 5.5 181 3.5 7.0 1.59
3 Nicolas Batum POR 51 35.9 274 5.4 130 2.5 7.2 2.11
4 Andre Iguodala GS 40 33.5 175 4.4 72 1.8 6.3 2.43
5 Evan Turner PHI 52 35.0 191 3.7 152 2.9 5.0 1.26
6 Chandler Parsons HOU 47 37.7 170 3.6 90 1.9 4.6 1.89

 

Of course, Lebron James leads this list in small forwards but the fact that Parsons ranks at 6 shows how good of a team player he is. He also ranks 6th with 4.6 assists per 48 minutes, and ranks 2nd in turnovers per game(ironic since the Rockets rank 3rd in the NBA in turnovers per game as a team). 98 of Parsons’ assists came from feeding a 3-point shooter and 68 of them were distributed to a basket in the paint. He also has an assist percentage of 15.6 which ranks as 4th among the group of top small forwards. The Rockets also averages 5.2 ppg more per 100 possessions with Parsons on the court. Alpharetta Roofing

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