Mavs Chandler Parsons Season In Review
Looking to make a big splash during the last offseason, the Dallas Mavericks acquired Chandler Parsons as a restricted free agent from the Houston Rockets. Needing to move the franchise in the right direction with a young player budding on hoped-for stardom, Parsons seemed a sound (if expensive) fit for Dallas. Not only that, but CP’s style of play was to be a sound match alongside Dirk and Monta Ellis in Rick Carlisle’s “flow” offense. Houston, who had a chance to match the Mavs' thtee-year, $46-mil offer when they lost out on the Chris Bosh sweepstakes, opted to let Parsons go, and to sign Trevor Ariza instead. The Big German, meanwhile, proved once again that he is arguably the most unselfish superstar in all of sports, when he took a fraction of what he might have demanded salary-wise to give Cuban and Donnie and company the room to fit Parsons and more.
Finally, after some highly publicized back-and-forth between CP and his former team, Parsons was officially a Maverick. (Not that the Dallas-Houston back-and-forth ended, of course).
During CP’s first year in Dallas, he performed right around his career averages statistically, averaging 15.7 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 46.2 percent from the field in 66 games. The problem for Parsons this season was his inability to stay healthy down the stretch, missing 17 games after the All-Star break. CP, who eventually fit in quite nicely in Carlisle’s system, had his best game of the season on December 17th against the Detroit Pistons. That night, Parsons shot 10-of-17 from the field, including 4-of-6 from three en route to a 32-point, seven-rebound performance. All in all it was a successful season for the 6-10 forward, despite his noticeable disappointment in his inability to contribute to the Mavs playoff run due to a knee injury.
As seen in the video below, CP is an unusual playmaker who can score from anywhere on the floor. The Florida product was also one of the few Mavs players who could create his own shot off the dribble, which was something the team sorely needed heading into the season. ...
And they'll need it next year, too, no matter the makeup of the rest of the roster. Parsons is on record as wanting to have the ball in his hands even more next season as a creator for himself and others. ... and the Mavs are counting on that level of help.
Ah, this is where everything gets a bit tricky.
Parsons is one of a handful of players on the Mavs roster whose future with the team is fairly certain, as he is paid up through 2016 with a player option in his third year. Despite Dallas’s plans this summer, Parsons will remain an important piece of the team’s plans moving forward into the post Dirk era. Parsons main job this summer, besides rehabbing his knee injury, will be to act as a recruiter in the Mavericks Summer Shopping.
But how healthy will his knee be? While he views himself as a glue guy capable of leading free-agent recruiting, things didn't exactly mesh with Monta Ellis (which is among the reasons Monta is on the edge of departing in one way or another). Parsons has a relationship with a guy like Patrick Beverly but that doesn't mean Dallas prioritizes him. Much better to know that CP has a friendship with DeAndre Jordan ... but this is a business ... so we keep examining how DeAndre-to-Dallas might click.
"I'm officially shifting into GM mode,'' CP said at season's close. "I have great relationships with a lot of guys that are out there. I have a great relationship with a lot of guys that are currently on our team, so as a guy that will be here for a while and as one of the key guys going forward I will definitely be talking to management. Anything I can do to help I'll obviously do. I want to bring the best guys here. I want to give us the best chance to win a championship, so I'll do whatever it takes to do that."
DallasBasketball.com Season Grade: B
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