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 Harden, Dwight Howard, and even Jeremy Lin.
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
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?
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.
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