Chandler Parsons 1-on-1: Growth as a Leader
In this end-of-year 1-on-1, Chandler Parsons discusses his second NBA season, a season that saw him emerge as a serious force to be reckoned with.
Parsons finished the season averaging 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 3.5 assists. His numbers went up across the board.
"I've got a great group of trainers," Parsons said. "I've got a small circle that just works with me and I work extremely hard. I've got a trainer in Orlando, Irwin Hudson, who I work with hours upon hours just on my overall game: shooting, ballhandling, conditioning, getting stronger. And here, with J.B. Bickerstaff and Coach McHale."
Parsons had numerous games where his improvement was showcased the most. Against the Knicks on November 23, he matched Carmelo Anthony's hot start and finished with 31 points in a Rockets win.
"That was a fun game," Parsons said. "Anytime you play against a player like Carmelo, you try to bring it. You try and step up. That was one of the games where I got going early and my teammates kept finding me. I was just aggressive. I was getting to the hoop. I was getting to the foul line. I was finishing. I was making threes. That was a really fun game."
Perhaps Parsons' best game of the season came March 3 against Dallas. The forward only missed one of his 13 shots on the way to 32 points and another Rockets win.
"I remember taking a ridiculous bad shot (the one he missed) in the second half, where I found out later to be the record shot of most consecutive field goals made," Parsons said. "That was one of those games, just like the Knicks, where I had it going. I was making crazy shots. I was shooting it from deep. I was scoring at will. I was just in the zone. I felt like I could do whatever I wanted out there and that's pretty much the best feeling you can have as a basketball player."
Parsons also talked about his emergence as a team leader, as he became the longest-tenured Rocket in only his second season in the league.
"I've grown a lot," Parsons said. "I think it helps that all the guys are good guys. We do have a young team, but they're all listeners. They all ask questions and they make it easy for me. Being the guy that's been here the longest, which obviously isn't saying too much because everybody's new, I'm just a voice in the locker room. I try to lead by example and do anything I can do to make guys feel comfortable and be themselves."