Chandler Parsons could always use more basketball in his life, even at age 25.
The big-money acquisition for the Dallas Mavericks had that opportunity by trying out for the United States national team that will compete in the FIBA World Cup later this month.Parsons would probably like to continue playing basketball at this moment, but the young star didn’t make the final 12-man roster that will play in Spain. Him, along with Damian Lillard, Kyle Korver and Gordon Hayward will get that extra rest before the preseason starts.
On a side note, can basketball season hurry up? Please?
Mike Krzyzewski decided not to go the route of having a stretch power forward, and went with more size in the post. We’ll find out whether or not that’s a great strategy, but Parsons didn’t have enough chances to truly prove himself with other young NBA stars.
In three exhibition games, Parsons played in only two of them. He didn’t play a single minute in Team USA’s exhibition game against the Dominican Republic on Aug. 20. Chandler played a grand total of 17 minutes in two games.
If you’re Mark Cuban, you’re ecstatic that what happened to Paul George didn’t happen to Parsons. If you’re Parsons, you probably wish to be playing more basketball right now and have the chance to represent your country.
Regardless of whether or not Parsons was named to the final roster, the experience he gathered during his time with Team USA will prove valuable to not only himself as a player, but as a member of the Mavs as he enters his first season in Dallas starting this October.
What happened to George was tragic, more so downright sickening. Call it how you will, but that’s probably the biggest reason why Kevin Durant withdrew from the team.
It’s not a selfish act. Durant already has a gold medal with Team USA and will probably be in line for another one in 2016, but if that’s even Adam Silver lets the NBA players ever play international ball again.
Thankfully, for the Mavs’ sake, nothing like that happened to Parsons. Now he can focus on the upcoming season, as Dallas looks to make a deep run in the playoffs in 2014-15.
Parsons played against All-Star competition his entire time with Team USA, not to mention most of the players are his age or younger.
Guys like Anthony Davis, Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving are the future of the league. One day, Parsons may be able to include himself in that category if he can be the Mavs’ future and lives up to that $46 million deal.
Parsons wants to be an All-Star. It helps if he’s playing with an All-Star-caliber team.
Once he starts the new season with the Mavs, he can take that experience and play with guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis.
The most important factor is he finished healthy and ready to contribute for the Mavs. Again, it could’ve been much worse. Be thankful that it didn’t.
Now, Parsons can begin his Mavs career, and it may be his time to shine.