Tuesday April 30, 2013 Hey NBA, regarding Chandler Parsons, you've been Suhr-d
Updated: 8:39am, May 1
Updated: 8:39am, May 1
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Got a kick out of a tweet that went Tuesday morning from the account of Brendon Suhr.
If you’re not familiar with Suhr, he was the late Chuck Daly’s assistant for those back-to-back NBA championship teams in Detroit in 1989-90 and worked alongside Daly during his tenure with the Magic. In the years since, Suhr has become a respected coaching consultant while working out of Orlando.
Here’s what he had to offer after Houston Rockets forward and former Florida star Chandler Parsons went for 27 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists in a huge comeback 105-103 win Monday night over Oklahoma City in Game 4 of their playoff series.
In the perfect and analytic world of the NBA DRAFT, Chandler Parsons was the 38th pick in 2011 Draft. What a joke. #playoffstar
Just last week, a banner displaying Parson’s name and No. 25 (right) was hung alongside the likes of Joakim Noah, Mike Miller and Udonis Haslem inside the Gators basketball complex, commerorating the 2011 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year one of Coach Billy Donovan’s all-time greats.
Suhr’s tweet got me thinking some more about Parsons.
Get a load of some of the stiffs players who were selected in the 37 spots before the Rockets had the foresight to pluck the 6-foot-9 forward who -- at the time -- was not only a willing rebounder in a very good league but an excellent ball-handler and adept passer.
Of those 37 players, nearly two dozen either are playing overseas or have logged mostly scrub duty from the end of the bench their first two seasons.
To be fair, 27 teams passed on Chandler Parsons, so I could pick on just about any of them. Heck, a handful passed on him twice.
But only two passed on him three times.
That’s where we here at GatorZone.com draw the line.
Cleveland was one of two teams that passed on Parsons three times, but one of those passes was point guard Kyrie Irving with the No. 1 overall pick. Forgiven. Another was forward Tristan Thompson, who started every game in his second season and averaged 11.7 points and 9.4 rebounds. OK, also forgiven.
The other team?
Take a bow, Washington Wizards. You may have got it right in taking Gators freshman Bradley Beal last year -- and when you’re picking third overall, you better get it right -- but General Manager Ernie Grunfeld showed in 2011 why he’s in the lottery every year.
With the sixth overall pick, the Wizards drafted 6-foot-11 Euroleaguer Jan Vesely (right), who’s averaged 3.6 points and 3.4 rebounds in two seasons, going stretches of games without ever leaving the bench.
Twelve picks later, Grunfeld used the No. 18 overall choice on Florida State’s Chris Singleton, another forward. He’s 4.4 points and 3.4 rebounds for his career and also has plenty of “DNPs” to show for it, also.
And four picks into Round 2, the Wizards drafted Butler point guard Shelvin Mack, who may have helped end Parson’s collegiate career in the 2011 NCAA South Region, but has already bounced around three teams (Washington, Philadelphia and Atlanta) and this past year played in just 31 games.
Parsons went four picks after that.
This past season, in starting all 76 games he played, Parsons averaged 15.5 points on 48.6 percent from the floor and 38.5 from the 3-point line, to go with 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists. In the playoff series against the reigning Western Conference champion Thunder he's at 18.5 points and 6.8 rebounds.