Chandler Parsons hasn’t lived up to the “All-Star” status that everyone claimed on him when the Mavs signed the Unrestricted Free Agent this summer, but he is starting to find his niche on the team.
That niche is a playmaker with shooting and passing ability. The last 5 games, he has averaged 17 PPG, 6 RPG, and 3 APG. The Mavs are starting to realize he is a playmaker and not a typical spot up shooter. He can make shots, but he has to get in a rhythm beforehand.
So the talk has begun; some of it understandable. To be honest, his early struggles were a little surprising. Maybe in our free agency induced giddiness we heaped too much expectations on him. Maybe.
I believe now our expectations are for him to show more fire, spark, superstardom and just plain ol’ consistency. We want him to keep improving and not regress. But he has to be given the chance to rise to the occasion.
In fairness to him, let’s put some things in perspective. Our Dallas Mavericks are 15-6 and lead the NBA offensively in points scored. A big part of the reason is Parsons who is the Mavs’ third leading scorer behind Monta and Dirk with 14.9 points per game. In addition, he has great ball handling skills and passing ability.
Next, Parsons is in his fourth year in the NBA. His FOURTH year. Dirk Nowitzki, Tyson Chandler, Monta Ellis, Jameer Nelson, Devin Harris, Raymond Felton, Richard Jefferson, and J.J. Barea all have 8+ years of experience. Chandler Parsons is a toddler in NBA years. He’s still young in his career at the age 26. He is still learning folks.
He’s still getting used to handling the ball in this Mavs offense. He’s still getting used to this system. He’s still getting comfortable with a new team, new surroundings, new expectations. He needs help defensively – well, the whole team does – but give him time to figure it out.
He doesn’t deserve his three-year, $46 million contract brought up every time he misses a basket. Let’s wait until at least the end of the season to start making judgments.
He started off rough, but lately his overall productivity has improved. But at just under 41 percent from the field for the season, his shooting percentage remains low.
You don’t think he knows he’s in the midst of his worst shooting season since entering the league?
When Parsons signed with the Mavs this summer he was quoted as saying he wanted to come to Dallas, “because I’m ready for that next step. I’m ready for a bigger role, and I’m ready for more leadership.”
He is starting to find his niche as the Dallas Mavericks are starting to find his true playing style as well. Give him some more time and we will all be saying he is ready for that next step.