With the 2011 NBA draft just around the corner, we here at Spurs World will continue to keep you updated on draft prospects the San Antonio Spurs might consider in the upcoming draft.
Today’s draft prospect is Chandler Parsons.
Position: Small Forward
Weight: 220 lbs.
Birth Date: 10/25/1988
Stats: 11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.8 apg, 48.0% FG, 55.7% FT, 36.8% 3FG
Parsons has developed into an intriguing all-around player, being named SEC player of the year while leading the Florida Gators to a 26-7 record and a 2-seed in the NCAA tournament.
While Parsons scoring output has not taken the jump many hoped for, his all-around game has continued to show signs of progression.
Offensively, Parsons continues to increase his proficiency from long range, now converting 38% of his 3-point attempts, a career best. He still has a fairly long release, but he gets good elevation on his shot and does a solid job of making shots with his feet set—a crucial part of his evaluation as a pro prospect.
Parsons increasing ability to make spot-up jump shots increases the effectiveness of his dribble drive game, as he does an excellent job of utilizing pump fakes to open up driving lanes, showing an ability to hit a pull up jump shot or go all the way to the rim when the opportunity presents itself.
When in the lane, Parson’s ball handling and passing ability really shines. An excellent ball handler and decision maker for a player his size, Parsons’ 4.4 assists per 40 minutes pace adjusted ranks tops amongst all small forwards in this year’s draft prospects.
He also does an extremely good job moving without the ball, continuing to improve as a catch and shoot player, making strong cuts without the ball, and doing a very good job off the offensive glass. A more fluid than explosive athlete, Parsons does a good job of finishing at the rim.
While Parsons shows an ability to get into the lane off of spot-up opportunities and cuts, he has only an average first step, which may limit his effectiveness as a slasher at the NBA-level. He’s done a better job of going to the right off of dribble drives, but still generally prefers to go to his left.
Considering his overall skill level, this seems an area that could see improvement in the future. Projected as a small forward at the next level, one area where Parsons could stand to improve is his post-game in order to use his length to his advantage against smaller defenders.
On the glass, Parsons has shown steady improvement, now standing at a very respectable 9.3 rebounds per 40 minutes, pace adjusted. He does a good job of using his length well and contributing on both sides of the ball in that aspect of the game.
Defensively, Parsons appears to have above average lateral quickness, which will be needed to defend the perimeter when transitioning to the next level. He have added some upper body strength during his time at Florida, but he still could use some lower body strength to help defend against more physical post players.
Parsons all-around game and his ability to get offense without plays being run for him should get him some serious looks from NBA teams. The key for him will likely be proving his ability to make shots and defend NBA level wing players.
What do you guys think? Should the Spurs consider drafting Parsons if he happens to be available at the 29th spot? Share your thoughts.