Chandler Parsons’ shooting woes

Chandler Parsons–invitee to the Haier Shooting Stars challenge–is having a very good year.  He’s also shooting 42% from the floor overall and 29% on 3’s.

In the clip above, Kyle Lowry penetrates, sucking in the defense.  After the kickout, there’s no defender even remotely near Chandler Parsons.

Instead of taking the open shot, he drives in, dishing off to Patrick Patterson.

Patterson’s open, sure.  But not as open as was Chandler, and Grizz defenders were closing in close enough to prevent a dunk. It would have been simpler for Chandler to just take the ‘3’.  A wide open ‘3’ is as efficient as it gets, some would argue.

Parsons has been one of the team’s most important players this season, and a big surprise.  But for him to take the next step, he’ll need to learn how to shoot. Luckily, it’s the easiest thing in basketball to master.

About the author: Rahat Huq is a lawyer in real life and the founder and editor-in-chief of

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