We’ve been paying a lot of well deserved attention to this years draft, but now it’s time to take an in depth look at potential free agent targets. This is the first of many free agent articles. Please keep in mind our extensive draft coverage will continue. After draft night we will analyze the picks and then turn our full attention to free agency. Thanks for keeping up with us and we hope you enjoy our work!
As you take a look at the Hornets glaring needs, the most obvious one is shooting. In order for the Hornets to take another step forward this upcoming year, that’s going to need to be addressed. There are many ways of doing that, but one way would be to sign free agent forward Chandler Parsons. It won’t be that simple because he is restricted, but it can certainly be done. Keep in mind that a lot of the Hornets free agency will be determined by this years draft, but we’re going to get a head start so you know what’s coming.
For those of you who don’t know much about Parsons, he’s a 25 year old forward out out Florida. What makes him so unique is hit ability to shoot the ball efficiently ( career 37% shooter from downtown). Parsons averaged 16.6PPG last year on a team that had two All-Stars taking the majority of the shots, so just imagine what he could do for the Hornets. Parsons, who mostly plays his minutes at small forward, would come in and be the immediate starter over MKG. Kidd-Gilchrist's transition to the bench is a move I expect to be made in the near future. While he’s a very talented defender, it seems as though a bench role might be more realistic for him.
So why does Parsons make sense? Houston has a lot of other things going on and there is a lot of speculation that he won’t be playing for the Rockets next year. I have a few reasons as to why I like him, but here’s one of them: A good friend of mine is a huge Florida basketball fan. Although it gets annoying at times, he makes a lot of great points and one of them is that Florida produces good NBA talent. Just take a look at Bradley Beal, a guy the Hornets passed on in the 2012 NBA Draft. Beal has been very successful for the Wizards, and quietly Parsons is having a great start to his career as well. He might not get much recognition around the league, but he’s an athletic guy who can shoot the ball and won’t be too much of a hit on your defense. I remember just last year Houston coming to Charlotte and pulling away towards the end of the game. A big reason why was Parsons impressive three pointers down the stretch. Clutch long distance shooting is something the Hornets desperately need and is certainly something Parsons can provide.
Lead Hornets Writer: Jonathon Hoppe