By: Tyler Johnson
The Houston Rockets struck gold in last years draft when many claimed it to be weak. With the 38th pick, the Rockets selected Florida Gator, Chandler Parsons.
In Parsons’ rookie season he managed to average nearly 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals a game. He also became the defensive stud on the team after Kobe Bryant gave him praise after a game in which Parsons helped win with a clutch three in the eye of Bryant himself. With flashy put-back dunks, Parsons showed he is an athletic machine. This offseason, he made an effort to get stronger and faster. Well, he did. In his only summer league game this summer, it was clear to see that Chandler has been in the gym. I expect those put-back dunks to change into an alley-oop pass from Jeremy Lin.
If Parsons can show that he can knock down those corner three pointers then he will become a deadly weapon. I like to compare him to Los Angeles Clipper, Lamar Odom. Odom is a 6’9 forward that can put the ball on the floor, which is unique at his position and size. Parsons, who is also 6’9, can dribble just as well, but what he lacked last year was his strength. Something that he definitely improved this summer.
The Houston Rockets seem to notice a little star potential in Parsons also. After being in the league only one season, he was the one who represented the Rockets at the lottery. Only other rookie to do so was former number one pick Kyrie Irving. Not bad company, in my opinion if a twelve year plan for Chandler Parsons is in the Rockets plan for the future then they are headed in the right direction. If he is the leader of the team with Lin, than the Rockets are in good shape.