Chandler Parsons with the Rockets
|No. 25 – Houston Rockets|
|Position||Small forward / Power forward|
October 25, 1988 |
|Listed height||6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)|
|Listed weight||227 lb (103 kg)|
|High school||Lake Howell (Winter Park, Florida)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Round: 2 / Pick: 38th overall|
|Selected by the Houston Rockets|
|Pro playing career||2011–present|
|2011||Cholet Basket (France)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Chandler Parsons (born October 25, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Parsons played college basketball for the University of Florida, and was drafted by the Rockets in second round of the 2011 NBA Draft.
Parsons was born in Casselberry, Florida. He attended Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida, with future fellow Florida Gator Nick Calathes. Together, Parsons and Calathes helped the Lake Howell Silverhawks high school basketball team advance to the Florida Class 5A state basketball championship final four in 2005, 2006 and 2007, and win the state championship in 2007. As a senior, Parsons was a first-team all-state selection, and was recognized as the most valuable player of the state championship game after scoring thirty points and grabbing ten rebounds.
Parsons accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Billy Donovan's Florida Gators men's basketball team from 2007 to 2011. During his freshman season, Parsons played in 36 games averaging 8.1 points per game and 4.0 rebounds per game, but the Gators failed to make the NCAA Tournament. Parsons commented that playing for four years under Donovan gave him an advantage over other players who left the team early.
During the 2008–09 season, Parsons saw more playing time and his scoring, rebounding and assists all improved. The Gators once again failed to make the tournament though.
In Parson's junior season, he averaged 12.4 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. The Gators made the NCAA Tournament, but lost to BYU in the first round. During the 2010–11 regular season, Parsons averaged 11.4 points and 7.8 rebounds in 33 minutes a game while leading the Gators to the best regular season record in the SEC. On January 3, 2010, Parsons hit a seventy-five-foot shot with no time left on the clock in overtime to give the Gators a one point victory over North Carolina State. Later in the season on January 23, the Gators trailed South Carolina by 1 when Parsons hit a three-point shot to give the Gators the win. On March 8, 2011, he was named the 2011 SEC Player of the Year, the first Florida Gator to win that honor. The Gators also made the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. In the first three rounds of the tournament, the Gators beat UC Santa Barbara, UCLA and BYU. In the Elite Eight, the Gators lost to Butler. Parsons was picked to the Fifth Team All-America by Fox Sports. Parsons graduated from Florida in 2011 with a degree in telecommunications.
On March 3, 2013, Parsons recorded a career high 32 points, along with 3 rebounds, and 3 assists, in a 136–103 victory over the Dallas Mavericks. He made 12 of 13 field goal attempts, including 6 of 7 threes.
In the final game of the regular season on April 17, 2013 against the Los Angeles Lakers, Parsons made a three-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game 90-90 and force overtime, but Houston lost to the Lakers 99-95 in OT.
NBA career statistics
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|FG%||Field goal percentage||3P%||3-point field goal percentage||FT%||Free throw percentage|
|RPG||Rebounds per game||APG||Assists per game||SPG||Steals per game|
|BPG||Blocks per game||PPG||Points per game||Bold||Career high|
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- "Parsons' Buzzer Beater Downs N.C. State, 62–61". Retrieved January 4, 2010.
- "Parsons' Buzzer Beater Leads UF Over South Carolina, 58–56". Retrieved January 24, 2010.
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- "Irving, Rubio headline 2011–12 NBA All-Rookie First Team". nba.com. Retrieved May 23, 2012.
- Chandler Parsons nets 32 points as Rockets end skid vs. Mavs