Chandler Parsons is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzles of the National Basketball League. Born in Casselberry, Florida, he used to play basketball from his early days. While studying at the Lake Howell Silverhawks high school, he played for its basketball team and led it to win the state championship in 2007. He gained a reputation as a very valuable high school player. He later joined the University of Florida where he studied telecommunications. He also played for the Florida Gators men’s basketball team. After his graduation, he was eventually drafted into the NBA during the 2011 NBA draft after which he was picked by the Houston Rockets. Later, he left Houston to become a free agent. However, after receiving a contract from the Dallas Mavericks, he joined the team and played for them for two years. He next signed a multi-year contract with the Memphis Grizzles and has been playing for the team since.
Chandler Parsons’ college career began after he received an athletic scholarship from the University of Florida, where he played for the Florida Gator’s men’s basketball team. He played from 2007 to 2011 under Coach Billy Donovan. He praised Donovan and said that playing under him gave him an advantage over other players. He had an average of 8.1 points per game, and 4.0 rebounds per game. He averaged 12.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game during the third season. The Gators made it to the NCAA Tournament though they lost in the first round.
His performance during the 2010-11 season can be considered the best during his college career. He was also named the 2011 SEC Player of the Year, making him the first Florida Gator to have won that honor. He averaged 11.3 points with 7.8 rebounds in 34.1 minutes per game. The Gators again made it to the NCAA tournament but were eventually defeated by the Butler Bulldog’s Men’s basketball team.
Parsons’ professional career began after he was selected as the 38th overall pick by the Houston Rockets during the 2011 NBA draft. In September he also signed a short term deal with Cholet Basket of France though he soon parted ways with them and signed with Houston Rockets in December. After the 2011-12 season, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.
The best performance in Chandler Parsons’ career so far was seen on March 3, 2013, wherein he recorded 32 points with 3 rebounds and 3 assists in a match against the Dallas Mavericks. During the final game of the 2012-13 season, Parsons made a three pointer at the buzzer, which helped to tie the game against the Los Angeles Lakers. However, Houston was beaten 99-95 during the overtime.
Parsons became a restricted free agent after the 2013-14 season. Shortly after, he signed with the Dallas Mavericks in July 2014. He made his debut for the team in October 2014, where within 34 minutes of action, he managed to record 5 points on 2-of-10 shooting with 4 rebounds as well as steals. However, his team lost 101-100.
He could not play too many games the next season, as he had to undergo a surgery due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.
In July 2016, he signed a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, and made his debut in November against the Portland Trail Blazers, though he missed all eight of his field goal attempts. After playing for six more games, he suffered a bone bruise after which he could not play till 21st December. In March 2017, he was diagnosed with a partial tear of the meniscus in his left knee, after which he was ruled out indefinitely. He made a comeback in October the same year.
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Chandler Parsons was born on 25th October 1988, in Casselberry, Florida, US. He was raised with his three older brothers. He attended Lake Howell High School in Winter Park, Florida, where he started playing basketball. With his help, the Lake Howell Silverhawks high school basketball team could advance to the Florida Class 5A state championship’s final four, three times. They eventually won it during Parson’s senior year in 2007.
Coming to his love life, he once used to date model Kendall Jenner. In 2017, he started dating Bella Thorne.