As far as the biggest steal in the 2011 draft is concerned, I think Isaiah Thomas has that positioned locked up considering he was drafted dead-last and has since become the starting point guard for the Sacramento Kings, and he is playing some very effective basketball.
However, as far as other second round steals, Chandler Parsons is one prospect with mentioning. Coming out of college, I did not have too many expectations for Chandler Parsons. I liked him as a college basketball player but I never thought that his skills would translate to the next level.
However, I was wrong, and Chandler Parsons is playing some excellent basketball for the Houston Rockets. He is by far one of the biggest surprises among rookies, and he is one of the key factors in the great run the Rockets are having this year.
Tonight, his statline was once again very solid in a 109-83 win over Golden State. His stats looked a little like this: 20 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists on 50 FG% and 50 3-Pt%. For this year, he is averaging 8.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 2.1 APG, 1.1 SPG, and 0.6 BPG while playing 26 MPG. He is currently shooting at 47% from the floor. However, he is struggling shooting the 3-ball and from the charity stripe. He's shooting only 32% from downtown and 46% from the line.
If Parsons could improve his consistency he could be a very solid small forward in this league. He is having a very good rookie season and I look forward to watching this guy and seeing how he develops as a prospect in the NBA.
I was actually pretty high on him coming into the draft and thought he should have gone 1st round.
Real polished, versatile game with underrated athleticism (wow, sounds like Rolls-Royce White, a fellow who could be the 2012 version of Parsons).
On the opposite side of the court, for the first time since the earliest days in Howard’s career he’s going to see single coverage. In Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace and Steve Nash he’s playing with four guys who all would have been the best player he’d ever played with if they were with him in Orlando. While on the court with all of them at the same time, he’s going to be open like never before because teams can’t afford to double off of any of them.
Evans believes he still has plenty left in the tank. Last season with the Washington Wizards, Evans produced when given an opportunity, averaging 4.9 points in 14.3 minutes. During the final game of last season against the Miami Heat, he was arguably the best player on the court, finishing with a game-high 18 points in 23 minutes. Evans trained in Houston during the offseason and feels great. While he can still help a team on the court, he acknowledges that his biggest contributions come off the court. He’s an excellent leader and locker room presence, which every team needs to succeed.bdfgdf
Houston Rockets big man Greg Smith is facing the same sort of challenges that Gerald Green faced earlier in his career, but he’s not quite as far along in getting himself a guaranteed contract. In fact, Smith was invited to Rockets camp last year as well, but was cut three days before Christmas and the start of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season.'ljk;jlkkj