Chandler Parsons signing a max contract with the Memphis Grizzlies was one of the most scrutinized moves last summer. Struggling with injuries this year, Parsons promised that he will get his game and shoot back to help the Grizzlies this season.
The shooter, who can’t make a shot this season, has had injury problems and many questioned the Grizz’s decision to sign him to a huge deal.
Those criticisms prove this year with Parsons averaging 5.5 points on 34.7% field goals and 20.0% three-point shooting in just 11 games for Memphis in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
Parsons promises to keep shooting
Parsons admitted in a recent interview that he is struggling with his shot and conditioning this season.
“I mean, it’s awful. It’s flat. I’m not in-game shape. I’m obviously not hitting at a high rate, and I’ve been an efficient player my entire career,” Parsons said to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports about his lack of efficient shooting this season.
However, Parsons vows to keep shooting, saying he will eventually get his shot back.
“But it’s the law of averages, man. Let me keep playing. I ain’t gonna shoot this bad for the rest of the year.”
Parsons also struggled with some injuries in his earlier stint with the Dallas Mavericks last season. He played in just 51 regular season games and averaged 13.7 points, though he shot better at 49.2% overall and 41.4% from three.
The good news for Parsons is that the Grizzlies have survived so far this regular season despite the many injuries to the team. Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, Vince Carter and Mike Conley also missed some games for Memphis this season.
The Grizzlies are at 22-14 so far this year, good for sixth place in the tough Western Conference.
This means the Grizzlies can stay with the patient until Chandler’s return to full health with hopes that he will get his game and shoot back in time for the latter part of the regular season and the NBA Playoffs.
How big of a loss is Parsons for the Grizzlies if he keeps shooting this bad? Will he be a reason for Memphis late in the season and playoffs? Or did the Grizzlies waste a max contract on the shooter who can’t shoot this season?
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