I'm not really sure I like this pick considering the Rockets really needed paint defenders and didn't get one. There were a couple of projects out there but Parsons has no chance to be that guy for them.
Greg Smith of Fresno State or Jeremy Tyler out of Japan (highly recruited high school player, dropped out to go Pro overseas) would have been better options here.
Parsons is a lengthy small forward who is a smooth scorer, though he didn't load up the stat sheet. He can potentially be a good perimeter defender, but he has a lot of work to do if he wants that distinction.
He averaged 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 0.9 steals at Florida, showcasing his versatility.
One thing I will say is that this guy is a worker and he will give it his all on every play. He will strive to always improve on his game and give the Rockets exactly what they expect out of him.
With Chase Budinger entering the starting lineup, the Rockets could use someone to come off the bench and get them points.
Parsons has been working on getting his NBA range down and, like I said, is a smooth scorer who can put the ball on the floor incredibly well for his size. His abilities to stretch the defense with range, penetrate and crash the boards are likely what intrigued the Rockets.
One thing you like about his offensive game is that it seems effortless. However, what worries me is he didn't have a great percentage from three-point range in his senior year—only 37 percent—so you wonder if his range will come along.
Given the negatives, I have to trust general manager Daryl Morey's judgment here. He got value from the pick and it's tended to work out in the past.
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