It was a tale of two halves for Chandler Parsons in January. He averaged a pedestrian 10.7 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field and 28 percent shooting from 3-point range in his first nine games of the month.
But he had such a spectacular second half of the month -- 22.1 points per game on 55 percent shooting from the field (63-115) and 53 percent from beyond the arc (27-51) in his last eight games for the Dallas Mavericks –- that he has been deemed January’s Shooting Star.
He joins J.J. Redick of the Clippers, who was named December's Shooting Star, as our honorees this season
In the final 14 days of the month, 80 players attempted at least 75 field goals. Parsons ranked third in field goal percentage behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Pau Gasol, two big men who get most of their points close to the rim.
During that same span, 74 players attempted at least 25 3-pointers. Parsons was tied for the second-best 3-point percentage during that span.
Parsons was particularly efficient from the corners and the wings.
He made 61 percent (22-36) of those 3-pointers, the highest percentage by any of the 51 players to take at least 25 shots from those areas on the court.
No other player shot better than 54 percent from the corners and the wings.
Finishing around the rim
Parsons came on strong from deep later in the month but was effective around the rim throughout January.
He shot 68 percent in the restricted area, the fourth-highest field goal percentage among non-bigs (power forwards and centers) with at least 50 such shots. Two of the players ahead of him are two of the game's biggest stars -- LeBron James and Klay Thompson.
He finished with 40 layups, his most in a calendar month since joining the Mavericks last season and his most since making 43 in November 2013 with the Rockets.