David Fizdale has used Chandler Parsons at power forward during the first two preseason games as a stretch -4 when the Memphis Grizzlies' coach plays a small-ball lineup. When asked, Parsons said he's happy with the move to split time at both forward positions.
"I like it a lot," Parsons told The Commercial Appeal. "The game comes slower then. I like playing against bigger, slower guys. It presents a challenge for us because all of the guards have to come back and rebound. So I have to do a great job on the glass when we go small like that."
The Grizzlies are hoping Parsons can have a productive season, as he made just 34 appearances in 2016-17 due to lingering knee issues. In six NBA seasons, Parsons has made 37.3 percent of his attempts from behind the 3-point line.
"Sometimes, contracts put a ton of pressure on you," Fizdale said. "Now, it’s about getting back to enjoying the game, and being able to play night in and night out. He’s been having fun."
Parsons is owed $72.3 million through the 2019-20 season.
-- Nick Silva