Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler
37-Year-Old CenterC
Houston Rockets
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Chandler tallied career-low averages in points (3.1), blocks (0.4) and minutes (15.9) across 55 appearances in 2018-19. Having played in 47 and 46 matchups in 2016-17 and 2017-18, respectively, improved availability was among the only positives from Chandler this past season. The Rockets only have three centers under contract at the moment, so barring any major changes, Chandler might have a decent chance to win the backup big man gig behind Clint Capela. That said, 21-year-old center Isaiah Hartenstein is coming off a superb season in the G League and could factor into the equation. Chandler is set to turn 37 in early October, and his best days are clearly behind him. As a result, unless Capela suffers a significant injury, Chandler is not likely to make much of an impact outside of the very deepest fantasy leagues in 2019-20. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year, $2.56 million contract with the Rockets in July of 2019.
Personal Bio

Tyson Chandler was born in Hanford, California, to Frank Chandler and the late Vernie Threadgill. He grew up on a family farm and began playing basketball when he was three years old on a basket Chandler's grandfather attached to a tree. Chandler's sister, Erica, played basketball at Pepperdine University. He also has three brothers: Terrell, Tervon and Ryan. Chandler's family later moved to Compton, California, where Chandler attended Dominguez High School. He became a basketball sensation at the school, attracting nationwide attention for his dominance on the court. Since entering the NBA straight out of high school, Chandler has played for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics, the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, helping his team to gold medals at all three competitions. He and his wife have worked with UNICEF, Delete Blood Cancer DKMS, the Special Olympics and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. They also organized a charity to help New Orleans families who suffered from Hurricane Katrina, helping to purchase items such as TVs, stoves, microwaves, refrigerators, pots and pans. Learn more about Chandler by following him on Twitter (@tysonchandler).

College/International Summary

Chandler was a dominant player on the California high school basketball scene. He was named Mr. Basketball in California in both 2000 and 2001. He played varsity basketball as a freshman. Tayshaun Prince, a senior, was one of his teammates. As a junior, he averaged 20.0 points, 12.0 rebounds. 6.0 assists and 3.0 blocks. During his senior season, the seven-foot center led Dominguez High School to the State Championship with averages of 26.0 points, 15.0 rebounds and 8.0 blocks. Chandler likely would have had his pick of colleges and was vigorously recruited by Kentucky, Michigan, UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse and Memphis, among other schools. Instead, he chose to go directly to the NBA and made himself available for the 2001 NBA Draft. Chandler was the second overall pick of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, but then he was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls.

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February 5, 2020
Chandler (coach's decision) didn't see the court Tuesday in the Rockets' 125-110 win over the Hornets.
ANALYSIS
Chandler hasn't appeared in any of the Rockets' last nine games and looks bound to collect dust on the bench while he remains on the Houston roster. The organization's decision to trade Clint Capela (heel) to the Hawks following Tuesday's game signals that the Rockets are committed to running small-ball lineups featuring the 6-foot-6 P.J. Tucker as the team's starting center. The 37-year-old Chandler simply isn't a fit for that sort of style of play.
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2018

The 2018-19 season was Tyson Chandler's 18th year in the Association. The 36-year-old appeared in 55 games for the Suns and Lakers and logged 16 minutes per contest. Chandler started the season in Phoenix, providing veteran mentoring to first-overall pick Deandre Ayton as well as a strong defensive boost off the bench. On Oct. 24, he delivered a double-double of 14 points and 11 boards during a loss to the Lakers. The 7-foot-1 big man played in seven games for the Suns before his contract was bought out by Phoenix on Nov. 3. This ended Chandler's three-year-plus run in the desert. Three days later, Chandler signed with the Lakers, for whom he played in 48 games. On Dec. 28, the veteran gathered a season-high 15 rebounds for the Lakers in a loss to the Clippers. With Los Angeles, his per-36-minute averages reflected his continued ability to perform at a high level. As a Laker, Chandler delivered per-36-minute averages of 12.3 rebounds, 1.0 blocks and 0.9 steals. Chandler's Lakers finished with a record of 37-45 and missed the playoffs.

2017

In his 17th NBA campaign, Tyson Chandler started all 46 games in which he appeared for the Phoenix Suns. As it was his age-35 season, he missed several games throughout the season due to rest. In addition, a lingering neck injury cost him the final 14 regular-season games. He finished the season averaging 6.5 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists on 64.7 percent shooting. Chandler posted eight double-digit scoring games and 22 double-digit rebound games. His first of four double-doubles came Nov. 3 where he also scored a season-high 15 points. The 7-foot-1 center later pulled down a season-high 18 boards Dec. 2. In a 10-game stretch between those two games, Chandler averaged 8.3 points and 10.3 rebounds on 68.0 percent shooting. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 14, he posted seven straight double-digit rebounding games. He averaged 11.7 boards during that stretch, but the Suns went just 3-4.

2016

Chandler played in 47 of the Suns' first 57 games during his second season with the team. However, Phoenix opted for a youth movement after the All-Star break and effectively shut Chandler down for the remainder of the season. When he did play, Chandler looked like his usual self. He posted per-game averages of 8.4 points and 11.5 rebounds, both improvements over his previous campaign. The veteran center converted a terrific 67.1 percent of his field-goal attempts, the seventh time in his career he made at least 60 percent of his shots from the field. Chandler also succeeded on a career-best 73.4 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. He collected at least 20 rebounds in three separate games during the season, including a 13-point, 23-rebound effort against the Knicks -- his former team -- on Feb. 13. That performance came two days after a similarly-dominant 14-point, 21-rebound game against the Pelicans. Chandler twice scored 22 points in a game, both times in January. On Jan. 19, he accomplished the feat while grabbing 16 rebounds against Cleveland. Five days later, he again scored 22 points while pulling down 17 rebounds against Minnesota.

2015

Chandler's reunion with Dallas was short-lived as he signed a free-agent contract with the Phoenix Suns prior to the 2015-16 campaign. He played 66 games with Phoenix, making 60 starts and averaging 24.5 minutes per contest. Though Chandler's numbers dipped a bit in comparison to his previous campaign, he still managed a healthy 7.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. He was once again extremely efficient from the field, making 58.3 percent of his shot attempts. He also converted 62.0 percent of his attempts from the charity stripe. Chandler notched 20 double-doubles on the season, the third time in his career he finished a campaign having accomplished the feat exactly 20 times. He crashed the boards for a season-high 27 rebounds in a win over Atlanta on Jan. 23, adding 13 points and a season-best five assists. He set a season high in points twice in a three game span near the end of the season. On April 3, he totaled 21 points while corralling 18 rebounds against Utah. Four days later, he again finished with 21 points and secured 10 boards in a victory over Houston.

2014

In June of 2014 Chandler was traded to the Dallas Mavericks, the team he helped steer to an NBA Championship in 2011. The return was fruitful from a statistical standpoint as the big man averaged 10.3 points and 11.5 rebounds. The output marked the third time in his career that Chandler averaged a double-double over the course of a campaign. The veteran also converted 66.6 percent of his field-goal attempts, the second-highest mark of his career. Chandler ranked 14th in the league with 31 double-doubles, his most since the 2007-08 season. The 7-foot-1 center torched his former team, the Knicks, for 17 points, 25 rebounds and two blocks in a Nov. 26 victory. One week later, he pulled down 20 rebounds and scored 18 points in a win over Milwaukee. The Mavericks qualified for the postseason as the seventh seed in the West. However, they fell to the Houston Rockets in the first round of the playoffs. In the five-game series, Chandler posted per-game averages of 10.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots.

2013

Tyson Chandler suffered through a pair of issues during his 2013-14 campaign that limited him to 55 games with the New York Knicks. In early November, he injured his knee and missed six weeks. He missed another week in early January due to an upper respiratory illness. Still, Chandler was an important contributor when healthy, averaging 8.7 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest. He shot 59.3 percent from the field, falling just short of reaching the 60-percent mark for the fourth straight season. The center played his usual solid defense, swatting 1.1 shots per game. That marked the 13th straight season in which he averaged at least one swat per contest. Chandler also notched 16 double-doubles during the campaign. On Feb. 22, he recorded a season-high 23 rebounds while scoring 10 points against the Hawks. He blocked a season-best five shots against Milwaukee on Oct. 30, adding 10 points and six rebounds in the win. Chandler's Knicks finished the season at 37-45 and did not qualify for the post-season.

2012

Chandler made his first All-Star game in his 12th year in the league. He also was on First Team All-Defense. He averaged 10.4 points and 10.7 rebounds on 63.8 percent shooting. Amongst players who played more than five contests, Chandler led New York in offensive and defensive rebounds per game (4.1 and 6.6), field-goal percentage (63.8), and blocks per game (1.1). He led the NBA in true shooting percentage (67.1) and offensive rating (133.0), plus was third in offensive rebounding percentage (14.1) and fourth in win shares per 48 minutes (.207). In the playoffs, he anchored the Knicks' defense through two rounds, averaging 7.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks. Arguably his strongest performance was in Game 4 of the second round against the Pacers. He scored 12 points, grabbed 10 boards, swatted three shots and stole the ball once.

2011

After winning his first NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks, Tyson Chandler was traded to the New York Knicks prior to the 2011-12 season. He brought his usual efficient scoring and tough rebounding to New York, averaging 11.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Chandler shot a career-best 67.9 percent from the field -- the top mark in the league. He was also a dominant force on the defensive end of the court, averaging 1.4 blocked shots per game. The 7-foot-1 center was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year and elected to the All-NBA Defensive Second Team for his ability to guard the paint. He also earned his first career selection to the All-NBA Third Team. In the postseason, Chandler started all five games of the Knicks' first-round playoff series against Miami. He posted per-game averages of 6.2 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocks.

2010

Following an injury-plagued season in Charlotte, Tyson Chandler was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in July of 2010. The 7-foot-1 center thrived with the Mavericks, averaging 10.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per contest. He shot a career-best 65.4 percent from the floor and matched his career mark by making 73.2 percent of his free-throw attempts. Chandler also racked up 18 double-doubles on the season, including a 23-point, 13-rebound performance against Washington on Feb. 26. Chandler also made an impact defensively, swatting 1.1 shots per game and earning a spot on the All-NBA Defensive Second Team for the first time in his career. The big man was a force in the playoffs, averaging 8.0 points and 9.2 rebounds as Dallas advanced to the NBA Finals. In Game 4 of the Finals, Chandler scored 13 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to help Dallas secure a key victory against Miami. The Mavericks went on to win the next two games to capture the franchise's first NBA Championship.

2009

Tyson Chandler played for his third NBA team during the 2009-10 campaign after a July trade sent him to Charlotte. His season was disrupted by a left foot injury that limited him to 51 games and a career-low 22.8 minutes per contest. Chandler nonetheless contributed 6.5 points and 6.3 rebounds per game while shooting 57.4 percent from the field and a career-best 73.2 percent from the free-throw line. He also continued his career-long string of averaging at least one block per game, finishing the campaign with an average of 1.1 swats per contest. Chandler appeared in all four of Charlotte's first-round playoff games against Orlando. In the series, he posted 3.5 points, 2.5 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per post-season contest.

2008

Tyson Chandler's third campaign with New Orleans was marred by an injured ankle that limited him to 45 games. Still, the 7-foot-1 center put up solid numbers, averaging 8.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest. Chandler once again shot a high percentage from the floor, converting 56.5 percent of his field-goal attempts. He also contributed 1.2 blocks per game, slightly increasing his mark from the previous season. Chandler posted 15 double-doubles during the campaign, highlighted by a 13-point, 16-rebound effort against Golden State on Oct. 29 during which he swatted three shots. Despite battling his injured ankle, Chandler managed to play in four of the Hornets' five first-round playoff games. He posted per-game averages of 3.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in those contests.

2007

Chandler's contributions continued to grow in his second season with New Orleans. He averaged a double-double for the first time thanks to a career-best scoring average of 11.8 points per game. The big man's offensive production came almost exclusively from around the rim, and he ranked second in the NBA by shooting 62.3 percent from the field. Chandler also placed among the league's top rebounders. His 11.7 rebounds per contest ranked third in the NBA while his 4.1 offensive boards per game led the league for the second straight season. During the campaign, Chandler notched 38 double-doubles, tied for 12th in the league. One of those performances came against Golden State on Jan. 4 when Chandler scored 22 points and grabbed 22 boards in a victory. Behind their center's steady play, the Hornets qualified for the playoffs and advanced to the Conference Semifinals. In 12 postseason contests, Chandler averaged 8.0 points, 10.2 boards and 1.7 blocks per playoff game.

2006

After five seasons in Chicago, Tyson Chandler was traded to New Orleans prior to the 2006-07 campaign. He played a more prominent role with his new club, starting all 73 games in which he played and averaging a career-high 34.6 minutes per contest. Chandler emerged as one of the league's premier rebounders in his first campaign with New Orleans. He ranked second in the NBA with 12.4 rebounds per game and led the Association with 4.4 offensive rebounds per contest. Chandler also set career highs by posting 9.5 points per game on 62.4 percent shooting from the field. On the defensive end of the court, Chandler swatted 1.8 shots per game, 13th-best in the league and the top mark of his career. He tied a career high with seven blocks against Utah on Jan. 27 and surpassed his previous mark in rebounds with 23 against Memphis on Feb. 13.

2005

Chandler started 50 games for the Bulls during the 2005-06 campaign -- 40 more than the season before -- among his 79 appearances. He continued to be a force on the boards, averaging 9.0 rebounds per game. Chandler also averaged 5.3 points while shooting a career-best 56.5 percent from the field. The 7-foot-1 center also made his presence felt on defense, averaging 1.3 blocks per game. Chandler racked up nine double-doubles during the regular season, including a 12-point, 20-rebound effort against Washington on Jan. 27. That wasn't his biggest effort on the boards, though, as Chandler went on to pull down 21 rebounds on Mar. 24 against New Orleans. All told, he picked up double-digit rebounds on 32 occasions. In the postseason, Chandler appeared in all six contests of Chicago's first-round playoff loss to Miami. He posted per-game averages of 1.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.3 minutes, peaking with a nine-rebound effort in Game 2.

2004

Tyson Chandler rebounded from a pair of back injuries in his previous campaign to play 80 games for Chicago in 2004-05, making 10 starts and averaging a career-best 27.4 minutes per contest. He averaged 8.0 points and set career highs with per-game averages of 9.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots. The blocks total ranked 13th-best in the NBA. Chandler racked up 21 double-doubles on the season, the most of his career. He tied a career high with 22 rebounds in a win over Orlando on April 6, adding 15 points and one block. On Dec. 16, Chandler swatted a career-best seven shots and pulled down 10 boards in a victory over the Bucks. The big man also got his first taste of the NBA playoffs as the Bulls won 47 games and finished fourth in the Eastern Conference. Though they lost to Washington in the first round, Chandler played well, averaging 11.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in the six-game series.

2003

Tyson Chandler's third season was plagued by injuries. He missed over two months from November to January with a back injury, then suffered another back injury at the end of the campaign that prematurely ended his season. Altogether, Chandler played only 35 games and accumulated eight starts. He averaged 6.1 points and did excellent work on the glass, grabbing 7.7 rebounds in only 22.4 minutes per game. The former second-overall draft pick also averaged 1.2 blocked shots per contest. He posted six double-doubles on the season, including a 13-point, 22-rebound effort against Atlanta on Halloween during which he also swatted four shots.

2002

Tyson Chandler's playing time jumped to 24.3 minutes per contest in his second NBA season as he started 68 of the 75 games in which he competed for Chicago. In accordance, the 7-foot-1 center increased his production in nearly every statistical category, posting per-game averages of 9.2 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots. Chandler also raised both his field-goal and free-throw shooting percentages to 53.1 percent and 60.8 percent, respectively. The 2001 second-overall draft pick totaled 13 double-doubles on the season, nearly twice the number he posted in his rookie campaign. On New Year's Eve he registered a career-high 27 points while corralling 18 rebounds in a win over Portland. In a victory over Denver on Feb. 15, Chandler grabbed a career-best 22 boards, swatted three shots and tallied 19 points.

2001

Tyson Chandler was drafted with the second pick in the 2001 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. However, he was quickly moved to the Chicago Bulls in a draft-night trade for Elton Brand. Chandler went on to play 71 games for the Bulls in his rookie season, starting 30 contests. Overall, he averaged 6.1 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per contest. Chandler's playing time increased as the season progressed, and he moved into the starting lineup on a near-permanent basis at the start of February. The 7-foot-1 center totaled seven double-doubles on the season, including a 16-point, 15-rebound effort against the Knicks on April 11. One day earlier, he scored a season-high 21 points while pulling down 12 rebounds and swatting three shots in a win over Detroit.

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Transaction History
  • June 27, 2001
    Drafted by the Los Angeles Clippers in the 1st round (2nd pick) of the 2001 NBA Draft.
  • June 27, 2001
    Draft rights traded, along with Brian Skinner, from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for Elton Brand.
  • October 1, 2001
    Signed a rookie contract with the Chicago Bulls.
  • September 1, 2005
    Signed a six-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.
  • July 14, 2006
    Traded by the Chicago Bulls to the New Orleans Hornets for P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith.
  • July 28, 2009
    Traded by the New Orleans Hornets to the Charlotte Bobcats for Emeka Okafor.
  • July 13, 2010
    Traded by the Charlotte Bobcats with Alexis Ajinça to the Dallas Mavericks for Matt Carroll, Erick Dampier, Eduardo Nájera and cash.
  • December 1, 2011
    Signed a four-year contract with the Dallas Mavericks.
  • December 10, 2011
    As part of a three-team deal, traded by the Dallas Mavericks with the draft rights of Ahman Nivins and Georgios Printezis to the New York Knicks in exchange for Andy Rautins. Washington received Ronny Turiaf, a 2013 2nd-round draft pick and cash from the Knicks. Dallas sent a 2012 second-round draft choice to Washington. Washington sent a future second-round draft choice to Dallas.
  • June 25, 2014
    Traded by the New York Knicks with Raymond Felton to the Dallas Mavericks for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and two 2014 2nd-round draft picks.
  • July 9, 2015
    Signed a four-year contract with the Phoenix Suns.
  • November 4, 2018
    Waived by the Phoenix Suns.
  • November 6, 2018
    Signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • July 18, 2019
    Signed a one-year contract with the Houston Rockets.
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Chandler was in and out of the lineup last year with injuries and days off for rest, continuing to show the effects of his declining play due to old age. The big man was still effective on the boards when healthy, averaging 9.1 rebounds across 25.0 minutes. However, he added just 6.5 points and 1.2 assists, so that was really his only real contribution for those in Fantasy leagues. Chandler's outlook is even more bleak heading into the upcoming campaign. The Suns drafted center Deandre Ayton with the first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft and he's going to get as many minutes as possible at the position. That sets Chandler up for a mentor role, while also potentially seeing a handful of minutes off the bench on a night-to-night basis. At this point, Chandler's days of being a Fantasy contributor are likely over, so look elsewhere to fill center slots in your leagues.
Chandler played in just 47 games last season while dealing with a personal matter and an ankle injury, eventually being shut down for the season and not participating in any contests after the All-Star break -- a decision by coach Earl Watson to get an extended look at the team’s young players. He was productive when he took the floor, however, recording 8.4 points and 11.5 rebounds across 27.6 minutes per game while shooting 67.1 percent from the field. Though his best years are behind him, Chandler still has massive upside as a rebounder, as he recorded 14 games last season with at least 15 rebounds. That said, coach Earl Watson’s willingness to send Chandler home at the All-Star break in favor of Alex Len and Alan Williams doesn’t bode well for Chandler’s Fantasy stock heading into the 2017-18 campaign. While he still projects to be the starter, the possibility of him quickly getting pulled from games or frequently ending up in street clothes is legitimate. As a result, it’s best to exercise caution when considering drafting Chandler, as there are much less risky options out there. That said, if he slides way down the draft board, his upside as a rebounder is hard to pass up.
The Suns inked Chandler to a four-year, $52 million contract last summer with the expectation that he’d give the team a rim-protecting presence and serve as a reliable pick-and-roll finisher for point guard Eric Bledsoe, but things didn’t pan out quite as well as the organization may have hoped. The 34-year-old seemed to lose a step on the defensive end, averaging 8.7 boards -- his fewest since 2009-10 -- and 0.7 blocks per game, the first time he’d recorded less than one rejection per game in his 15 NBA seasons. In addition, with Bledsoe suffering a season-ending meniscus tear in late December, Chandler largely struggled to get involved offensively, resulting in him contributing 7.2 points per game on 58.3 percent shooting from the field for the season, which was also his lowest percentage since 2009-10. With Chandler’s performance seemingly on the decline and injuries sidelining him for at least 15 games in three of the last four seasons, it wouldn’t be surprising to see his playing time dip further from the 24.5 minutes he averaged in 2015-16. Chandler will open the upcoming campaign in a starting role, but up-and-coming former lottery pick Alex Len could end up surpassing him on the depth chart as the season progresses.
Following a one-year return to Dallas, Chandler will transition to the Suns this season, his sixth team since entering the league in 2001. While he'll turn 33 before the start of the season, Chandler's production has shown no signs of falling off, as he's coming off of one of the best statistical years of his career. In 75 games, Chandler averaged 10.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.2 blocks per game while shooting 67 percent from the floor, up from 59 percent in 2013-14. He also showed improvement at the free-throw line, hitting 72 percent of his attempts, nearly eight points above his career average. Chandler is on the back-end of his prime, but he'll be asked to carry a major defensive load for the Suns, a team in flux after dealing two major pieces at the trade deadline. Chandler will unquestionably open the season as the starting center, and with the power forward position far from solidified as of early-September, his rim protecting abilities will be more valuable than ever. The question is how much emerging, young center Alex Len will cut into Chandler's minutes. Len is more diverse on the offensive end, but playing the two together would seem to contrast with coach Jeff Hornacek's desire to employ lineups featuring power forwards who can threaten defenses from the perimeter. Regardless, Chandler will remain one of the league's most consistent rebounders and shot-blockers, though it will be interesting to note how he adjusts to playing with Eric Bledsoe and, especially Brandon Knight, who is not known for his abilities as a pick-and-roll distributor.
After three years in New York, Tyson Chandler returns to Dallas, the team he helped lead to a championship just four seasons ago. His second stint with the Mavericks will be the 14th season of his career. Last year was a disappointment for the former Defensive Player of the Year as injuries, including a broken leg, limited him to just 55 games played. Chandler averaged 8.7 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.7 steals, and 1.1 blocks in 30 minutes per game. He shot 59 percent from the field on 5.9 attempts per game and 63 percent from the free-throw line on 2.8 attempts per game. Dallas acquired Chandler prior to draft day, surrendering starting point guard Jose Calderon in the process. The Mavs hope Chandler can man the middle and effectively lead what was a particularly porous defense. He won't be a focal point on offense, but Chandler should see plenty of lobs and second-chance opportunities with a plethora of Dallas shooters spreading the floor. Health remains the key to Chandler's value and Dallas' medical team will look to recreate the magic they discovered during the 2010-11 season when they kept him on the court for 74 games, the second highest total of his career.
While Chandler didn't get as much publicity as he did during his first season in New York, he had a near identical campaign from a statistical standpoint. The 31-year-old veteran remained the team's defensive anchor, grabbing 10.7 rebounds and swatting away 1.1 shots per game. He also provided his usual low-volume, high-efficiency marks on offense, averaging 10.4 points per game while shooting 64 percent from the floor and 69 percent from the line. The only complaint filed against Chandler's campaign was that he missed 16 games due to a lingering back issue. At this stage of his career, we know what Chandler has to offer – solid rebounding and stellar field goal shooting while adding 1-plus block per night. He's now on the wrong side of 30, but Chandler still appears to have a couple years of quality play in his legs, and the Knicks will continue to rely on him to provide the team with defensive toughness.
Lured to the Knicks by a massive $48-million dollar contract prior to the season, Chandler proved to be worth every cent in his first campaign in New York. The 30-year-old veteran came up just shy of averaging a double-double for the second time in his career, finishing with averages of 11.3 points and 9.9 rebounds in 33 minutes per game. That scoring average was the second highest of Chandler’s career and the first time he eclipsed 11 points per game since the 2007-08 season. He was more efficient than ever, hitting an astounding 67.9 percent of his field-goal attempts, which would have qualified for best in the league if he took more than 5.7 shots per game. On the defensive side of the ball, Chandler once again proved to be one the league’s best, helping boost the Knicks’ defense to respectability while blocking 1.4 shots per game. Chandler also managed to stay relatively healthy, appearing in 62 of 66 games. While he dealt with a dislocated finger during the Summer Olympics, the issue isn’t expected to be a problem once camp opens. The Knicks will continue to rely on Chandler heavily on the boards and defensive end of the court, but the glut of scoring options (Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, J.R. Smith, Raymond Felton) on the roster, and the addition of Marcus Camby this offseason, could result in a slight drop off from last season. He’s still a quality No. 2 center to target, but don’t go building your frontcourt around Chandler.
After an injury-marred season with the Bobcats, Chandler was expected to join the Mavericks as part of a timeshare at center with Brendan Haywood. Instead, Chandler grabbed hold of the starting gig and put together one of the best seasons of his career. The 7-1 big man anchored the Mavericks’ defense, making it one of most-improved units in the NBA. He was a nightly double-double threat, finishing the season with averages of 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks while shooting a career-best 65.4 percent from the floor and 73.2 from the free throw line. Most importantly, Chandler managed to play in 74 games, staying relatively injury free after missing 67 games over his previous two seasons. Chandler signed with the Knicks shortly after the NBA lockout lifted, meaning he'll be in a similar face-paced system and serving as the defense and rebounding big man alongside a talented scoring power forward. If anything, New York's system affords Chandler slightly more upside than he had in Dallas due to the high number of possessions Mike D'Antoni's teams generate.
Chandler was sent from Charlotte to Dallas this summer in a deal that had Erick Dampier going the other way. That leaves Brendan Haywood as the only other player with whom Chandler will have to contend for minutes. In his best years-2006-07 and 2007-08 with New Orleans-Chandler has been a top-85 player, buoyed by excellent rebound numbers and field goal percentages, while being taken down by free throw percentages in the mid-50% area. It's unlikely he ascends to those levels this year, however.
On the heels of his best two seasons in the NBA, Chandler entered the 2008-09 campaign as one of the top-rated centers in the league. Unfortunately, Chandler’s play was drastically hampered by injuries last season. He averaged just 8.8 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.2 blocks while appearing in only 45 games. The Hornets quickly lost interest in their starting center and tried trading Chandler to Oklahoma City during the season, but the deal was nixed due to the Thunder’s medical staff having concerns with a pre-existing turf toe injury that plagued Chandler during the 2007-08 playoffs. New Orleans welcomed Chandler back for the remainder of the season, but shipped him to Charlotte this summer. In Charlotte, Chandler is expected to man the center position for the starting unit, but coach Larry Brown could also slide him over to power forward at times. While a healthy Chandler shouldn’t have any problems regaining the rebounding prowess he had shown in previous years, his offensive production should take a significant hit in Charlotte. Without a premier point guard like Chris Paul creating offensive chances for the seven-footer, and Chandler’s lack of a post-up game, a sharp decline in shooting percentage and points is on the horizon.
Chandler is in the perfect system to suit his game. At 7-1, he’s extremely long and athletic with the ability to dominate the glass (11.7 rpg) and be disruptive on defense (1.1 bpg). He’s not very polished on offense, though, with no post moves to speak of and very little shooting touch (59.3 % FT). That’s where playing next to all-world point guard Chris Paul comes in. Chandler averaged a career-high 11.8 ppg on 62.3 percent shooting from the field, and a large chunk of those points came off of the pick-and-roll alley oop play that Paul and Chandler have perfected. Between the dunks of Paul passes and the put-back opportunities created from his league-leading 4.1 offensive rebounds/game, Chandler should continue to get the easy shots that round out his game beyond that of purely the defensive role player.
Chandler came on strong over the second half of last season, averaging 12.7 ppg on 65 percent shooting from the field after the All-Star Break to go along with almost 13 boards and two blocks per night. His explosion corresponded with the return to health of Chris Paul, who pushes the pace and breaks down opposing defenses to create easy opportunities for his big men. This plays right into Chandler’s strengths, as he’s one of the faster and more athletic big men in the NBA. When healthy and locked in, very few have the ability to keep Chandler off the glass and away from the rim. This season, Chandler has the upside to put up Marcus Camby-like numbers across the board, though be aware that Chandler can really damage your free-throw percentage.
Chandler had a disappointing year last season but the change in scenery may help him. He practiced a great deal during this off-season, adjusted his shooting form, and has vowed to come in with a more offensive mindset. While we’ll have to wait and see if the changes will actually translate to greater offensive production, it’s realistic that he’ll score about 10 points a game mostly on put-backs. His defense and rebounding ability is still top-notch, and he’ll put up 10 rebounds and 1.5 blocks a game. What may affect his stats more than his change in shooting form is the amount of playing time. If he can stay healthy and out of foul trouble (3rd in league with 3.8 per game), his numbers could jump by playing starter minutes. Don’t count on him to make many free throws though, he averages 61.5% for his career, shooting a career low of 50.3% last year.
Chandler still isn't the player that Elton Brand is (the Bulls traded Brand to acquire Chandler in 2001), but he showed the kind of force he can be in the last four games of Chicago's playoff series against Washington, averaging 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2.25 blocks over that span. An active rebounder and shot-blocker, Chandler ended up 10th in the league in rebounding at 9.7 per game, and his1.8 rejections per contest are well above replacement value for a power forward. Chandler is already a defensive force, but has also worked hard on his shooting touch, knocking down 49% of his shots last year. Expect him to see more touches in the offense this season, and if his minutes go up over the 30-per-game mark, look out.
Chandler has shown flashes of his considerable potential in three seasons since being drafted out of high school. This is the season where he grows up. Reports from Chicago say he's refined his shooting in the offseason and been one of the Bulls' hardest workers in conditioning programs. If he can stay healthy, look for him to become a major part of the offense, with 15-and-9 averages a real possibility.
When coach Bill Cartwright committed to giving him 30 minutes per game, Chandler started to produce. Before a throat injury ended his season in April 2003, he averaged 11.8 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game during February and March. He also had 11 double-doubles in that time. He can play in the paint or on the perimeter, and possesses a nice touch with a 53.6 field-goal percentage. He will be the starting power forward and appears to be on the way up. This could be the last year you’re able to sneak him through the draft.
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Chandler will start Saturday against the Nets, Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Chandler managed just two rebounds in four minutes during Saturday's 139-125 victory over Phoenix.
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Chandler (illness) wasn't listed on Sunday's injury report.
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Chandler (illness) was ruled out for Saturday's game versus the Pistons, Cayleigh Griffin of AT&T SportsNet Southwest reports.
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