Parsons Credits College Experience For Successful Rookie Campaign
Chandler Parsons feels he benefited from staying four years at Florida.
“Learning all of these things, how hard to compete, what it takes to win, gave me an advantage over these guys that stayed only one or two years,” Parsons said. “I was mature, ready to play right away and I think that showed because I was able to contribute right away.”
Parsons' ability to create and handle the ball at 6-foot-10 has carried over to the Rockets, who run a similar pick-and-roll offense to Florida.
“Being able to have the ball in my hands at 6-9, 6-10, being able to create, make plays for others, Coach (Billy) Donovan gave me that flexibility the same way (Kevin) McHale did, giving me so much confidence that I was able to go out there and play basketball,” Parsons said. “Coach McHale told me before every game, ‘Just go out there and have fun. It's going to fly by. Just play your game.' ”
Parsons, a second-round pick, started 57 of 66 games.
“Individually I obviously played very well, could have shot the ball a little better,” Parsons said. “I think I adjusted pretty well to the NBA game, the speed, defensively.”