When the Rockets picked Chandler Parsons with the 38th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, not much was expected of him. He was long, he could pass, and he was reasonably athletic, but his shooting and finishing inadequacy was expected to hold him back and force him into a season in the Rio Grande Valley.

However, as the season wore on, his true form began to take shape. He supplanted Chase Budinger in the starting lineup, became the team's go-to defensive player, and rose to the top of the team's trade assets. Still, Parsons averaged just 9.5 points per game last year, and seemed to be a decent candidate for the sophomore slump.