Parsons among growing list of Spurs draft candidates

The Spurs have been very busy the last two weeks, bringing in several draft prospects.

Chandler ParsonsOn Friday, Florida forward Chandler Parsons was in town with several other players. 

In case you haven’t heard much about the 6-10 Gator, he can play both forward positions, but will likely play at small forward in the NBA. He has an inside-out game, capable of shooting long-range or driving to the basket. Parsons also works well without the ball to catch and shoot spot-up jumpers.

While Parsons doesn’t have an outstanding wingspan for his size, he had a respectable 7.8 rebounds per game last season with the Gators. He’s got great size for a small forward and can post up shorter defenders. He won’t blow by more athletic small forwards, but he has good lateral speed and is creative enough on offense to find ways to score.

In town with Parsons were USC’s Nikola Vucevic, DeAndre Liggins from Kentucky, Kansas’ Marcus Morris, Georgia Tech’s Iman Shumpert and Jimmy Butler of Marquette.

Parsons shared details from his San Antonio workout with a Florida Gators blog and said his Spurs workout was his best.

I had my workout with the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, so I left for Texas on Thursday. It went really well. Out of all my workouts so far, I think that was the best. I shot the ball really well, competed really well. It was me, DeAndre Liggins from Kentucky and Nikola Vucevic from Southern Cal against Marcus Morris (of Kansas), Iman Shelpert from Georgia Tech and Jimmy Butler from Marquette. We won every game, went 5-0 in the three-on-three games and [I] really shot the ball well. I had the best shooting numbers there and just really thought I played all-around great that workout.

Each workout is very similar in the stuff we do, but some teams keep you longer and others do more stuff. You basically stretch, play a lot of one-on-one, two-on-two and three-on-three – a lot of competitive stuff. In San Antonio, we played three-on-three but you can’t dribble, then three-on-three with one dribble, then three-on-three unlimited dribbles. There’s a lot of spot shooting, on-the-move shooting and things like that.

My Oklahoma City [workout] was only 45 minutes, but the San Antonio one was double that. It’s fun because you’re competing and you’re playing; it’s not boring drills, you’re actually going out there and playing. So it is fun, but some last longer than others.

Parsons is currently projected to be selected early or midway through the second round where several of the other players the Spurs have worked out are slated. If he slips to the late second round, he could be a steal for the Spurs, but that’s highly unlikely.

Parsons may draw comparisons to another 6-10 Florida alumnus already on the Spurs roster, Matt Bonner, but Parsons has an all-around game and is as comfortable in the paint as he is on the perimeter.

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About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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