Chandler Parsons could lead Dallas to home court advantage in the playoffs

Chandler Parsons signed with the Mavs as a restricted free agent in the summer of 2014. Mark Cuban lured Parsons away from Houston by signing him to a 46 million dollar deal over 3 years.

Meanwhile the Rockets thought they were going to sign Chris Bosh from Miami and didn’t want to match the Mavs offer for Parsons because they would not have enough cap space to sign Chris Bosh as well. The Rockets declined to match the offer and Parsons became a Dallas Maverick. To make things worse for Houston, Chris Bosh ended up resigning with Miami on a mega deal of 118 million over 5 years.

Chandler Parsons had microscopic knee surgery during the offseason, he sustained an injury in game 1 of the Mavs and Rockets round 1 playoff series. He slammed down an emphatic fast break dunk in the 2nd quarter but after the dunk he looked to be in serious pain, stretching and holding his right knee. He went to the locker room to get it checked out. He came back onto the bench and returned for the rest of the game, but he did not look like himself. That was the end of his playoff series, playing 35 minutes in game 1. He was ruled out for the rest of the season with a serious right knee injury.

Parsons made his 2015-2016 season debut on the 2nd of November, playing his first game since the injury. He has been placed on a minutes restriction for the early part of the season and has come of the bench recently for Dallas. Parsons approached Carlisle about his sixth man idea, so far it has had mixed results. Parsons is only averaging 21.7 minutes, that explains why his numbers are way down this season.

If Dallas want to finally get past the first round in the playoffs since the Mavs title winning team in 2011, Parsons must be the Mavericks “go-to man” on offence. Last season Parsons was by far the most efficient shooter on the team. Unfortunately Rondo and Ellis always wanted to have the ball in their hands, meaning Parsons did not get to shoot or facilitate enough. Parsons is one of the best point forwards in the league, he is a 6’10 small forward that can play as a pick and roll ball handler, which is rare in this league.

Parsons averaged 15.7 points per game last season for the Mavs, which was lower than his 16.8 points per game that he averaged the season before with Houston. The key to the mavs success is Parsons shooting more because he shot 46% from the field, 38% from beyond the arc and 72% from the free throw line. Parsons only averaged 12.6 field goal attempts per game. Parsons is such an efficient shooter, he needs to take more shots and have the ball in his hands to facilitate more so the Mavs can be a legit playoff threat.

Parsons said earlier this month, “my real season starts in January”. Don’t expect the Mavs to bring Parsons off the bench when he starts averaging over 30 minutes or when his minutes restriction is taken away. Parsons had his best game of the season against the Grizzlies on December 20, leading the Mavs to victory with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and a season high 32 minutes. The great thing about this game was he played 32 minutes, this could mean Parsons minutes restriction could be coming to an end. This Mavericks team can be addressed properly when Chandler Parsons is fully healthy, hopefully leading the Mavs to home court in the playoffs.

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