August 18, 2010
Introducing Tyson Chandler

Somewhere between the promising seven-foot 2nd overall pick out of Dominguez High School and the wandering journeyman cast away by the likes of the Hornets and Bobcats, at one point traded for scraps to the Thunder were it not for a failed physical, lies the real Tyson Chandler. With the Mavericks acquiring Chandler and Alexis Ajinca from Charlotte in exchange for Eduardo Najera, Matt Carroll and Erick Dampier’s unguaranteed contract (providing around 13 million in financial flexibility for trade partners), the question remains, “After nine NBA seasons to work with, what exactly are the Mavs getting out of Tyson Chandler?”In short (well, nothing about Tyson Chandler says short), defense. In the mold of Marcus Camby and Ben Wallace, when healthy Tyson Chandler provides a shot blocking presence and consistent rebounder on the low block. The drawback of course is injury, fully rounding out the Camby comparison. If Chandler could be guaranteed a full bill of health, his value in NBA circles would undoubtedly skyrocket. Unfortunately, however, to match his big 7’1” frame is an almost equally oversized contract. Managing just 22.8 minutes per game in 2009-2010, Chandler appeared in 51 contests, while averaging only 6.5 points per game 6.2 boards, his lowest total since his rookie campaign. The previous year saw Chandler take part in just 45 games, though he played starters’ minutes throughout on his way to 8.8 point and 8.9 rebound averages.Despite the injury plagued and ultimately disappointing past two seasons, there is still some hope for optimism with Chandler. Entering his 10th year of NBA service, Chandler’s experience is misleading, as he is still just 27 years old. Before succumbing to injury issues, he had posted back to back double digit rebound seasons while with the Hornets, the second of which was matched with almost 12 PPG. Worst case scenario, Chandler’s contract expires at season’s end, giving Dallas a valuable chip at the trade deadline, even if the big center is unable to bolster the Mavs’ frontline like the front office hopes.

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