April 27th, 2013
The Houston Rockets entered the 2012-13 season with alot of question marks, and rightfully so. The Rockets had missed the playoffs in each of the previous three seasons, and had just made an aggressive move to acquire James Harden, who was a Sixth Man at the time.
How would the trade pan out? Was it the best move to mortgage the future on the pursuit of a player that many believed had a letdown in the NBA Finals the year before? Was Harden ready to be the face of the franchise after being the third wheel in Oklahoma City?
These were all questions the Rockets faced, and they certainly delivered in a major way. The Rockets went 45-37, which was good enough to end their playoff drought. Harden immediately proved he was ready to be the superstar the Rockets had hoped they were getting, and the Rockets got a major contribution from an unheralded Chandler Parsons.
Parsons averaged 15.5 points that season, which was second-best on the team, while also shooting 38.5 percent from 3-point range. Parsons finished 20th in the league in 3-pointers made that season, and he played a large part in the Rockets making the playoffs.
Although the Rockets proved to be no match for the top-seeded Oklahoma City Thunder, Parsons did all he could to keep the series competitive, as he improved upon both his scoring and long-range shooting. The Florida product averaged 18.2 points on 40 percent from deep, and turned in one of his best games on April 27th, which happened to be Game 3 of the series.
Parsons had 21 points on 8-of-12 from the floor, which was good for an incredibly efficient 66.7 percent. Parsons continued his 3-point touch, as he went 3-for-6 from 3-point land, while also adding seven rebounds and seven assists. Although the Rockets lost that game, Parsons had one of the better all-around performances of the day.