The Houston Rockets have solid depth at small forward for 2013-14. It all starts with 24-year old Chandler Parsons. He played in 76 games (all starts) for the Rockets last year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game. He has now played in 139 games (133 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 32.8 minutes, 12.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He seems to be getting better every year and the Rockets hope that is the case once again in 2013-14. 31-year old Francisco Garcia is an offensive minded backup. He played in 58 games (20 starts) for the Kings and Rockets last year in which he averaged 17.7 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Garcia has now played in 480 games (133 starts) in his first 8 years in the NBA and he is averaging 22.0 minutes, 8.3 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. 25-year old Omri Casspi and 21-year old Terrence Jones will duke it out in training camp for the #3 job at small forward for the Rockets in 2013-14. Casspi played in 43 games (1 start) for the Cavaliers last year and he averaged 11.7 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.7 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game. Casspi has now played in 256 games (94 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.4 minutes, 7.9 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Jones played in 19 games (0 starts) for the Rockets as a rookie last year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2013-14: B