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One of the most underrated players in the league today is Chandler Parsons. Without this young man the Houston Rockets could forget about the playoffs. He had a surprise rookie year, but took it to new heights in his sophomore year, becoming one of Houston’s leaders and the second-leading scorer on the team. The most intriguing part of it all is that he’s still just 24 years old and has a lot to learn.
When Parsons does begin to peak within the next few years there is no doubt in my mind he will be an All-Star. I can’t think of one thing he isn’t good at. He can shoot from deep, drive through the lane and slam it down, handle the ball like a point guard as well as pass like a point guard and there aren’t many players in the league who are better defenders than he is.
In Parsons first year with the Rockets he was coming off the bench and nobody expected much of him. He went on to become the starter and averaged 9.5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in 28 minutes. He shot 45% from the field, 33% from deep and 55% from the line. Not bad a for a first-year guy taken in the second round of the draft.
So far in Parsons second year he is a different player. He has taken on a leadership role and has that All-Star swagger you wouldn’t have expected from a guy like him. He gives you everything he’s got while on the floor. So far this year he’s averaging 15.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1 steal in 36 minutes a game. He’s shooting 48% from the field, 39% from three and 70% from the line. A lot of players go through a sophomore slump in their second-year, not Parsons.
This kid’s future is getting brighter by the game and I see no signs of it stopping anytime soon. The Rockets keep searching for other stars to join James Harden, I just hope they realize they already have one on the rise.