Once the Houston Rockets agreed to a deal with Trevor Ariza, the writing appeared on the wall that Daryl Morey and co wouldn’t match the three-year, $46 million offer sheet that the Mavericks extended to Chandler Parsons. Today, that writing became official, as the Rockets declined to match the offer sheet, officially making Parsons the newest member of Mark Cuban’s squad.
While Twitter abounded with calls of Parsons being a ‘trader’ (God bless the Internet), it’s hard to begrudge a guy, who was making under a $1 million per season, the chance at a big payday. As a second-round draft choice, Parsons has well and truly exceeded expectations after coming out of Florida, both for the Rockets and for fantasy teams. The last two seasons, Parsons has been ranked in the top 35, and considering that his draft position was well outside that range, he’s been a great target for fantasy owners. Below are his stats from what has turned out to be his final season in Houston.
Those are really solid numbers, right across the board, with Parsons only a negative in blocks and free throw percentage. Since the news of Parsons officially become a resident of Big D, I’ve seen a few sites claim that he is due a huge bump in stats and value as he is going from being the third banana behind James Harden and Dwight Howard, to the second option in Dallas.
But, I don’t think that’s quite the case. It’s beyond doubt that Dirk Nowitzki is Dallas’ numero uno. They do, however, have a certain Monta Ellis, who proclaims to have it all. While Monta may not be an All-Star on the level of Howard or Harden, he is a genuine offensive threat and a out-and-out scorer. Throw in Raymond Felton and Tyson Chandler, who are better options than Patrick Beverley and Terrence Jones and there feels like there is comparable firepower in Dallas’ starting five.
Even after saying all of that, I think Parsons can still up his output, just not at a ridiculous rate. Here’s how I project his stats to look, based on him playing around 38 minutes, the same as this season.
As you can see, pretty similar numbers and it will place Parsons, squarely in the fourth round. I definitely wouldn’t be reaching into the second round to draft him, but at the end of the third, I can allow it.