Chandler Parsons made huge progress with the Houston Rockets last season, which earned him the title of the most underpaid player in the league. The forward was a huge part of the team’s exceptional offense and has continued to work on his game this offseason.
Parsons’ role on offense was clear last season. He embraced his opportunities in transition and became an excellent spot-up shooter that could shoot over his opponents. This summer he has put effort into improving his craft but has also worked on developing a low-post game.
“Just continuing to work on my all-around game. We’ve added so many pieces and that’s going to free up a lot of shots; just having Dwight getting double-teamed and James being the player he’s going to be. I’ve got to be ready to knock down shots and just become a more consistent shooter. I’ve been working every day just getting a lot of repetitions up. I hired Ron McClanaghan this summer and worked out with the best players in the NBA all summer long. I worked out at OHoops in Orlando – I’ve never trained this hard in my life.
I’m in great shape. I added eight pounds. My jump shot feels good – I’ve been trying to work on getting it up into the air so it’s not as flat, especially when I get tired. Then I’ve also been trying to work on my low-post game. Probably 90 percent of the time guys are going to be smaller than me so if I get a chance to post somebody up off the block or face them up, I’ll do that.”
Kevin McHale seems to be inclined to try playing Omer Asik and Dwight Howard together, so Parsons will likely find his most efficient looks from beyond the three-point line, but working on a low-post game certainly won’t hurt. As Parsons says, he does have a size advantage over most of his matchups and he has added a little bit of weight, which should certainly help him when trying to create looks from himself or others down in the low block.