Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Parsons draws Kobe again Tuesday night
Calvin Murphy called it on Comcast SportsNet Houston Saturday Night when talking about Chandler Parsons: "You start talking about professionalism. Bingo, there it is!"
The Rockets Hall of Famer was referring to Parsons diving on the floor immediately after returning from a shoulder injury.
We can no longer refer to the Rockets small forward as "The Chandler Parsons Project." It's a catchy spin-off of The Alan Parsons Project rock band, but the moniker no longer applies. We should now simply refer to him as "The Chandler Parsons Professional."
There is no weakness left for the 2011 second-round draft pick. On Tuesday night, you can expect Parsons to spend much of his time checking Kobe Bryant. It's fair to say that the Lakers now know that checking Parsons on the other end of the court is no picnic either.
Chandler buried 4-of-5 three-point shots at Los Angeles on November 18. He also hit 4-of-5 inside the arc and 4-of-5 from the line for an 80 percent night in every shooting category. Chew on that for a moment. Only three missed shots in a game while scoring 24 points.
From a stock standpoint, you can't expect those numbers to be duplicated anytime soon. However, you certainly can't call it an aberration, because there are so many significantly positive trends developing for the 24-year-old.
Parsons has averaged 19.8 points in his last nine games on 53.3 percent field goals (65-122) and 50 percent three-point shooting (26-52). Those are simply outrageous numbers over a span of three weeks.
This season, Parsons is shooting 77.1 percent free throws compared to 55.1 last season. He is blowing away virtually every stat that earned him second team All-Rookie honors in 2011-12.
Short-term or long-term, Chandler Parsons is a strong buy in any basketball market. Houston hit the jackpot with a player determined to raise his game by leaps and bounds. The Most Improved Player Award this season is almost a given. You can be sure Parsons has his sights set on much bigger things like the 2013-14 NBA All-Star Game.