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Chandler Parsons Is Just What the Dallas Mavericks Need To Become Contenders

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For anybody who has followed my work, you will know that I have very high expectations when it comes to the Dallas Mavericks, especially considering how well they played last season. Those expectations are not going away. In fact, they actually grew when the Mavericks stole Chandler Parsons away from the Houston Rockets by signing him to a three-year, $46 million deal.

This signing sent shockwaves throughout the league, as Mark Cuban announced to the Western Conference that the Mavericks will be a force to be reckoned with in 2014-15. Parsons brings so many intangibles to the Mavericks that were not there last season. The Mavs needed a starting small forward who would complement Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis, and Parsons fits that bill.

We all know that Parsons can score, but he can also be a great ball handler and is skilled at finding the open man. Contrary to popular belief, Parsons can play some defense as well — not lock down defense, but competent defense.

In my eyes the Mavericks got the steal of the summer. Not only did they lock down a scorer and ball handler that they really needed up front, but they got him for a bargain basement price, meaning that if Parsons’ production slips, they can easily trade him.

Parsons makes the Mavericks an elite team in the West. Whether you want to believe that or not, Dallas will be a team that will scare a lot of opponents this year. Mark my words; don’t be surprised to see the Mavericks in the conference finals this upcoming season. And all of this is thanks to the signing of Parsons.

Kareem Gantt covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For more from this author, ‘follow’ him on Twitter, ‘like’ him on Facebook, and ‘add’ him to your network on Google