Starting small forward Chandler Parsons made the NBA All-Rookie Second Team on Tuesday. Parsons had the highest point total of the second team with 33. He also got 10 votes for the first team. He was joined by Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, formerly known as the New Jersey Nets guard Marshon Brooks, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Derrick Williams and Cleveland Cavaliers forward Tristan Thompson.
Parsons was a complete steal in the second round of the 2011 NBA Draft for the Rockets. He lapped first round pick Marcus Morris, than stole the starting spot from Chase Budinger. Parsons was a defensive genius from day one, even as a rookie. He’s locked down players like Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and even annoyed MVP LeBron James in Miami at the end of the season. His season averages were 9.5 points, 1 steal, 2 assists and 5 rebounds in 28 minutes a game. He started 57 of the total 63 games he appeared in. He scored in double digits 30 times with five 20-point games. Parsons was in the top 10 in most statistical categories among rookies, finishing fourth in steals, tied for sixth in rebounding, ninth in scoring and 10th in assists.
It’s scary to think that Parsons is already one of the top defensive players in the league at the young age of 23. I think he should have even been considered for the NBA All-Defensive Second Team. He needs to work on his 3-point range the most in the offseason as he only shot 33% from behind the arc. Last season was only the beginning for Parsons. I don’t expect him to have any sort of a sophomore slump. He is slowly becoming one of the team leaders and With the potential of a lot of roster changes this offseason, he could be a crucial peice for the Rockets come next season.