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Grizzlies sign Chandler Parsons to multi-year contract

Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the Grizzlies signed forward Chandler Parsons to a multi-year contract. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Parsons (6-10, 230) has appeared in 340 regular season games (324 starts) during his five-year NBA career with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks and has averaged 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.03 steals in 33.3 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from three-point range and 70.5 percent from the free throw line. He has competed in 13 NBA postseason games (all starts) with Houston and Dallas and has averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 40.4 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 69.0 percent from the foul line.

Over the last two seasons in Dallas, Parsons appeared in 127 games (117 starts) and averaged 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 31.4 minutes while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 39.5 percent from three-point range and 68.4 percent from the free throw line during his tenure with the Mavericks. The 27-year-old set career highs in both field goal percentage (.492) and three-point field goal percentage (.414) last season and was one of just three qualifying players to maintain those percentages in both shooting categories, joining Golden State’s Stephen Curry and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.

While playing for Houston, Parsons set his career high in scoring against Memphis with 34 points on Jan. 24, 2014 at the Toyota Center. Parsons made 10 three-pointers – all in the second half – which set an NBA record for threes in a half, a Rockets franchise record for threes in a single game, and a Grizzlies franchise record for threes by an opponent in a single game. Parsons made all 10 three-pointers consecutively starting with his first make at 11:11 left in the third quarter.

The Casselberry, Fla. native was drafted by Houston in the second round (38th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft following a four-year collegiate career at the University of Florida, where he became the first Gator to be named Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2010-11. He earned 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie Second Team honors with the Rockets.

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More About Chandler Parsons

Position: Forward • Height: 6-10 • Weight: 230 lbs.
NBA Experience: 5 Years
Born: October 25, 1988 (Age 27) in Casselberry, Florida
College: University of Florida
Draft: Houston Rockets, 2nd round (8th pick, 38th overall), 2011 NBA Draft

Career Highlights

  • Has appeared in 340 regular season games (324 starts) during his five-year NBA career with the Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks and averaged 14.3 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.03 steals in 33.3 minutes while shooting 47.4 percent from the field, 38.0 percent from three-point range and 70.5 percent from the free throw line.
  • Has played 13 NBA postseason games (all starts) with Houston and Dallas and averaged 18.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 40.4 minutes while shooting 43.7 percent from the field, 36.2 percent from three-point range and 69.0 percent from the free throw line.
  • Scored a career-high 34 points against Memphis on Jan. 24, 2014 while playing for Houston… He made 10 three-point field goals in that game – all in the second half and all in a row – to establish a new NBA record for threes in a half and set both the Rockets franchise record and Grizzlies opponent record for threes in a game.
    • Made all 10 threes consecutively, starting with his first make with 11:11 left in the third quarter, which tied Kenny Smith’s Rockets franchise record for consecutive threes made (though it took Smith several games to record his streak).
    • Shot 11-of-17 from the field, 10-of-14 from three-point range and 2-of-2 from the free throw line in the game.
    • Parsons’ Grizzlies opponent record for threes in a game (10) was matched by Stephen Curry on April 13, 2016 at Golden State.
  • Has scored in double figures 241 times in his NBA career, including 83 games with 20-or-more points and nine games with 30-or-more points.
  • Owns 23 career double-doubles.
  • Named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

2015-16 Season

  • Appeared in 61 games (51 starts) for Dallas and averaged 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 29.5 minutes while shooting 49.2 percent from the field, 41.4 percent from three-point range and 68.4 percent from the free throw line.
  • Ranked 31st in the NBA in field goal percentage and ninth in three-point field goal percentage among qualifying players, setting career highs in both categories.
  • Only two other qualifying NBA players maintained Parsons’ field goal percentage (.492) and three-point field goal percentage (.414) during the 2015-16 season: Golden State’s Stephen Curry and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.
  • Over the last 30 games of the season, averaged 18.3 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 34.3 minutes while shooting 52.0 percent from the field, 47.5 percent from three-point range and 76.7 percent from the free throw line.
  • Increased his scoring average in every month from November to February.
  • After the All-Star Break, among players averaging at least 30 minutes per game, ranked fourth in the NBA in true shooting percentage (.635, behind only Stephen Curry, Hassan Whiteside and DeAndre Jordan) and fourth in effective field goal percentage (.611, behind only DeAndre Jordan, Dwight Howard and Stephen Curry).

Other NBA Tidbits

  • Drafted by Houston in the second round (38th overall) of the 2011 NBA Draft following a four-year career at the University of Florida, where he became the first Gator to ever be named the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year in 2010-11.
  • In his final season with the Rockets (2013-14), was one of just four NBA players to average at least 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting at least 45.0 percent from the field (Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kevin Love).

Personal/Community

  • Graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in telecommunications.
  • Grandfather, Don Parsons, played basketball at Rutgers and was drafted by the New York Knicks in the sixth round of the 1950 NBA Draft.
  • Teamed with Mavericks legend Rolando Blackman and BBVA Compass in December 2015 to help feed the homeless.
  • Enjoys fashion and tennis.
  • On Twitter as @ChandlerParsons.