When it comes to finding value in the second round of the NBA Draft, the Houston Rockets are the team that many people use as an example. Obviously the Rockets have swung and missed many times in the second round, as all teams have, but they also have a track record of success with their second round picks much longer than most other teams. Chandler Parsons is a testament to that.
The Rockets nabbed Parsons with the 38th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft and, in just his second season last year, he is already showing immense value. In 76 games last season, all of them starts, Parsons averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and one steal in 36.3 minutes per game. He also showed solid efficiency on offense as he shot 48.6 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from three.
With the addition of Dwight Howard this summer and the presence of James Harden, Parson’s role in the offense is likely going to decrease, though. He’ll still be able to play average defense, something he did last season, but he may not have the opportunities that he did last season.
Even with his chances dissipating a bit on offense this season, Parsons should still be able to have a successful season, especially with his ability as a spot-up shooter. Last season, 37.2 percent of Parson’s offense came on spot-up opportunities. He averaged 1.07 points per possession in spot-up situations last year and shot an impressive 41.2 percent from three when spotting up. If he can translate that to more of a specialized role as a spot-up shooter, that is going to be huge for him and for Houston.
Parsons was second on the Rockets in scoring last season, something that is definitely going to change this season. However, he’s still going to be an integral part of their team and their offense. His ability to be an upper-tier spot-up shooter is going to be big for Houston and should continue to boost his value.