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If you just look at the statistical comparison between the Rockets' small forwards, Chase Budinger and Chandler Parsons, it's clear to see that Budinger is the more efficient and productive player.
Chase Budinger: 8.3 points, 3.6 rebounds, PER of 15.95, 44.7 FG%
Chandler Parsons: 7.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, PER of 12.52, 42.8 FG%
Interestingly enough, Parsons not only starts over Budinger, he also averages more minutes per game than Budinger, with an average of 25.7 minutes per game as compared to Budinger's average of 19.7 minutes per game.
I'm sure McHale has a valid reason as to why Parson sees more time than Budinger, but moving forward into the second half of the 2011-12 NBA season, if the Rockets want to become legitimate contenders in the Western Conference, they need to put the more efficient Chase Budinger into the starting lineup.
Efficiency is a huge piece of being able to win games in the playoffs, and that's exactly what Chase Budinger brings to the floor that Chandler Parsons doesn't. McHale needs to make the right decision and insert Budinger into the starting lineup, giving him more minutes than the rookie, Chandler Parsons.