RAY Parks is looking to channel his inner Avery Bradley on the court while absorbing a little bit of Nick Van Exel as he sees action with the Texas Legends in the NBA Development League this season.
The Legends’ top selection in the D-League draft at sixth in the second round, Parks said in the webcast Beyond the Bounce that he is looking to work hard both on offense and defense.
“I really want to handle business at both ends of the court, score, at the same time make stops,” said Parks.
Asked by host and Legends Assistant General Manager Travis Blakeley which NBA player he patterns his game after, Parks mentioned Bradley, noting he admires the Boston Celtics guard’s versatility and work ethic.
“He has that type of mentality that he’s picking you up on defense, at the same time if you need him to score, you need him to shoot, run the point guard or shooting guard he’ll still do that and will do that efficiently,” Parks said.
A two-time MVP with National University in the collegiate league UAAP, Parks is also looking forward to learning from Van Exel, the former NBA All Star who recently took over as head coach of the Legends.
“First of all he’s a lefty and I’m a lefty, too. That kinda kicks it off right there,” said the 22-year-old Parks.
“Coach Nick had a successful career because he’s a professional on and off the court… once he steps on the court, he’s willing to learn, he grew throughout the years that he was playing and that’s one of the things I really wanna take from him.”
Blakeley noted that the Legends “invested” in Parks by taking him in as the 25th in the draft, and the Filipino vowed to pour his heart out.
“For me I don’t expect anything to be given, I’m willing to work hard, I’m coming in with an aggressive mindset that, ‘Hey, were tying to win the championship here,’ so I mean, let’s go from there,” Parks said.