Chandler Parsons Can Shore Up The Philadelphia 76ers' Wing Issues

By Michael Walton
Chandler Parsons
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The Philadelphia 76ers main problem is their lack of effective players on the wings. Overmatched Hollis Thompson got considerable time at the two-guard spot later year, while the small forward position is a logjam of three rookies who may or may not be ready for the league.

The Sixers have stood pat with their strategy of hoarding cap space until the right opportunity comes along, but now is the time to strike. The Sixers can easily change the minds of fans who feel as if the team is throwing in the white towel for next season.

While the idea of picking up Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets has floated around, this would obviously be another move simply looking towards the future (and piling assets). Michael Carter-Williams is firmly entrenched as the starting point guard, and while the Sixers are in need of a backup point guard, Lin’s $15 million price tag is too much to take on just for a prospect or draft pick.

Parsons is only 25 years old, so he hasn’t even hit his prime yet. He averaged 16.6 PPG while proving that his all-around approach from his college days at Florida translates to the pros. He passes well (four APG in 2013-14), hits the boards (5.5 RPG), and has proven to be a great outside shooting threat with his 37 percent career 3-point percentage.

The one weakness Parsons has is his defense. He still managed to play the passing lanes well to the tune of 1.2 STLPG. A big reason why his defense suffered so much was the sheer amount of time he spends on the floor. Parson was in the top 10 in the NBA in MPG at 37.6, a number that had him right in-between LeBron James and Monta Ellis.

In Philly, head coach Brett Brown would plug Parson right into the starting lineup. The uptempo style of the team would fit Parsons well. In 2013-14, he shot 13.3 field goal attempts per game. In Philly, he would inch closer to notorious chucker James Harden‘s 16.6 shots per game. Unlike Harden, Parsons does not get to the free throw line very often. This would change simply because the ball would be in his hands a lot more with him being the primary scorer on the Sixers.

By signing Parsons, the Sixers would be executing a move that shows a desire to get better now while still keeping an eye out for the future. For a rabid fanbase that recently suffered through a 19-win season, Parsons could be just what the Sixers need to accelerate their rebuild.

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