|NBA Draft’s potential Celtics: Florida F Chandler Parsons||06.20.11 at 1:42 pm ET|
WEEI.com continues to provide daily insight and analysis on the 2011 NBA draft. This is one in a series of profiles of players who might be available for the Celtics to select with one of their two picks (25th and 55th overall).
Weight: 221 pounds
Stats: 11.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg
What he brings: Parsons has an NBA build and an excellent midrange game. He knows how to use screens, has impressive court vision for a forward and is an unselfish player, almost to a fault at times. At times he served as a “point forward” for coach Billy Donovan. The former Gator also rebounds very well for his position.
Parsons is one of the better pressure players in this year’s draft class. His most notable late-game shot came against North Carolina State on Jan. 3, 2010, when he netted a 75-foot 3-pointer to beat the Wolfpack in overtime.
Defensively, he has mediocre foot speed and will have trouble staying in front of some of the quicker 3s in the league. He also is a poor free throw shooter. He shot just 55.7 percent from the foul line his senior year.
Where the Celtics could get him: Second round
What they’re saying: “Parsons should receive major first-round consideration after pre-draft workouts. At the Chicago Combine, the Florida small forward measured just under 6-10 and tipped the scales at 220 pounds. He owns high basketball IQ, all-around skills, deep range on his jumper, and adheres to the team concept. These attributes were clearly on display Tuesday morning where Parsons enjoyed a solid workout and could move up draft boards as the June 23 draft approaches.” ‘ Timberwolves beat writer Jonah Ballow.
Notes: Parsons was named the 2011 SEC Player of the Year.