FanPost

Contender level SFs and Chandler Parsons




Some quick notes to start:

1. I am using Conference finalists as a proxy for "contenders"- this isn't perfect but it eliminates a lot of messy defining that would probably lead to a similar list.

2. I amusing the last 5 years because I want to capture what the NBA looks like now. Perhaps the last 6-8 years would be better or perhaps the last 3 would be better, 5 is a somewhat random number but 4 would have cut off the best Parsons comp so I made sure to include it. On the other hand I don't have unlimited time to write fan posts that never get front paged (bitter much?).

Lets go into it.

Over the past 5 years the 20 starting SFs (please don't quibble over that definition either unless I made a glaring error) for Conference final teams were (counting this season)

Lebron- 4x

Leonard, Durant- 3x

PG-, Pierce-2x

Prince, Deng, Marion, Artest, Barnes, Hill- 1x

Breaking them into "like" groupings I get

Lebron, Durant, PG, Pierce

And

Deng, Marion, Artest, Barnes, Leonard

Leftovers- Hill and Prince (to be discussed)

This makes a lot of sense- the first grouping holds top of the NBA players who were either in, or just out of their primes at the time. Those 4 guys account for 11 out of the 20 slots or 55%. There is certainly some credence to the argument that it is a SF driven league right now. So group 1 are guys that can get it done on offense and defense, group 2 is 5 guys best known for their defensive capabilities, with large variation in their offensive capabilities (you could arguably drop Barnes out of this group considering how strong the other 4 players were defensively). This also makes a lot of sense- if you are going to battle with and through top SFs you probably need someone that can be relied on to handle them to some degree.

We have 2 leftovers- first is Tayshaun Prince- by far the worst player on the list and on a team that arguably made the finals only because of Westbrook's knee injury.

Finally we have Grant Hill- not a perfect doppelganger for Parsons but one whose 14/6/3 (per 36) line for a high powered offensive machine is close to Parsons' production and they hold similar TS %s as well as the use of a jumper as their primary offensive weapon. One major difference between the two (given Parsons' expected contract) will be financially as Hill signed a bargain basement contract and made only $3 million that year whcih allowed the Suns to add him to the $42 million+ core of Nash, Amar'e and Richardson.

There probably are ways to generate contender level teams with players like Parsons making significant sums (example- if you had Tony Allen at SG providing the requisite wing defense) but these combinations are going to be like snowflakes- unique and fragile where each crystal is dependent on all the others (end analogy sequence now), but as long as the league is dominated by Lebron, Durant and (to a lesser extent George (and maybe Wiggins) then building a team around a defensive oriented SF is going to be a far superior route to clawing your way into contender status.

This is a Fan-Created Comment on FearTheSword.com. The opinion here is not necessarily shared by the editorial staff at FearTheSword

SB Nation Featured Video
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Fear The Sword

You must be a member of Fear The Sword to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fear The Sword. You should read them.

Join Fear The Sword

You must be a member of Fear The Sword to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Fear The Sword. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker