MIAMI, FL - APRIL 22: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat posts up Chandler Parsons #25 of the Houston Rockets during a game at American Airlines Arena on April 22, 2012 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Parsons received 10 first-team votes and 13 second-team votes from the 29 coaches who were eligible to vote for him (coaches cannot vote for players on their own team, so McHale couldn't pick CP25). Since three players tied at 40 points, there were actually 7 all-first teamers to go with the 5 second-team members. Parsons was one of the only two players out of the 12 who were drafted in the second round.
In the 63 games he played, the Rocket finished with averages of 9.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, with a couple of assists and a steal thrown in. Parsons' pre- and post- All-Star break numbers are striking. Before the break, he was shooting 43% (30% from three) and scoring about 8 points per night. Afterwards, his shooting jumped to 47% (36% from three) and his scoring improved to 11.5 points per game.
However, most Rockets fans know that his major contributions came on the defensive end. Parsons was frequently called upon to defend the opponent's best wing player, so on a nightly basis he was chasing the likes of Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Rudy Gay. Few rookies are given such tough assignments on defense, and even fewer succeeded like Chandler Parsons did last season.
So congratulations to Chandler Parsons, and we can't wait to see what he does for an encore.