Tyson Chandler (07-08 Synopsis)

12 09 2008

I love you.

I love you.

 

Tyson Chandler — New Orleans Hornets Center
Measurements: 7’1″ – 235 lbs.
Experience: Seventh-year, 25 years old
From: Compton, California

2007-2008 Season Statistics
11.8 points | 62.3% FG | 59.3% FT | 11.7 rebounds | 1.1 blocks | 1.0 assists | 35.2 minutes

Season Highs
Points: 22 (@ Golden State)
Total Rebounds: 22 (2x)
Defensive Rebounds: 16 (vs. Seattle)
Offensive Rebounds: 12 (@ Portland)
Blocks: 4 (2x)
Assists: 5 (@ Memphis)

Season Grade: B+

What This Year Proved

I love Tyson Chandler.  I do. 

As a Chicago Bulls, he was easily my favorite NBA player.  I heaped praise on him then but now that’s he’s rollin’, it’s legitimate praise.  I don’t get the weird looks at bars anymore when I yell in delight as Tyson’s facial hair flashes across a TV screen.

Tyson had a great season with a very good playoff run.  He’s still somewhat volatile, getting too caught up in himself during stretches but there’s nothing wrong with that.  I always want emotionally-driven players to let emotion fuel them.  No need to keep it bottled up.

Tyson was Chris Paul’s primary pick-and-roll partner this season.  And watching Paul lob the ball to Tyson for a dunk was reminiscent to watching Andre Miller lob it to Marcus Camby. 

Coincidentally, Camby is the one player I would compare Tyson to at this point.  They’re both long, lanky defensive centers.  Both are limited on the offensive end.  They’re even statistically comparable.

Take a look at Camby’s fifth season.  Camby was 26 at this point and development-wise, it’s the closest to Tyson’s seventh at 25.

Marcus Camby (00-01 – NYK – 5th year – 26)
12.0 points | 11.5 rebounds | 2.2 blocks | 1.0 steals | 1.0 turnovers | 3.3 fouls
Tyson Chandler (07-08 – NOH – 7th year – 25)
11.8 points | 11.7 rebounds | 1.1 blocks | 0.6 steals | 1.7 turnovers | 3.1 fouls

Marcus Camby (00-01 – NYK – 5th year – 26)
4.8 FG | 9.2 FGA | 52.4% FG | 3.6 FTA | 66.7% FT | 33.8 minutes
Tyson Chandler (07-08 – NOH – 7th year – 25)
4.8 FG | 7.7 FGA | 62.3% FG | 3.7 FTA | 59.3% FT | 35.2 minutes

Very similar, indeed.  It should be noted that although Tyson is known as a shot-blocker, he only returns 1.1 shots a game.  Low shot-blocking numbers doesn’t discredit his defense as I one of my first-ever posts explains.  Tyson didn’t block the shots but he certainly changed a lot of them, anchoring the Hornets defense from the 5 spot.  This freed up David West to do his thing offensively.

Although his productivity was somewhat erratic — he slumped early and mid-season — Tyson picked it up around the All-Star break and for the tail end of the regular season.  He finished third in the league in total rebounds (928) behind Dwight Howard (1,161) and Camby (1,037).  He finished seventh in defensive rebounds (606) but took the cake in offensive boards at 322.

Despite all of the positives, he still doesn’t have any semblance of a low post game.  This strikes me as extremely troubling considering he’s been in the league for the better part of a decade. 

Quote Him

“Every time Tyson Chandler gets a paycheck, he should take Chris Paul out to dinner.” — Charles Barkley

Looking Forward

As long as Tyson Chandler plays with a legitimate low post threat — West, in this case — his deficiencies will be overlooked.  But when he’s looked at to create easy buckets for himself, it can be disastrous (see: Tyson Chandler’s career with the Bulls).

So long as he’s playing with CP3, he can get easy buckets with the pick-and-roll but Ty, it’s not a bad idea to start developing a go-to move down low.  A counter move would be useful too, while you’re at it.

Since Tyson left Chicago, he’s had a chance to limit his fouls.  In his last season with the Bulls, he was fouling 5.1 times per 36 minutes.  In his two seasons with the Hornets, he’s dropped that to 3.5 and 3.1 fouls per 36 minutes.  This drop is partly because his anticipation and defensive rotations are getting better.  But it’s also because his team can afford to hide him every now and then — be that by subbing him out, playing zone or switching defenders.  In Chicago, he played defense with Eddy Curry, an aging Antonio Davis and Othella Harrington.  Yikes.

Tyson is slowly improving his turnovers-assists ratio.  He’ll never be a distribution god but he can continue to limit his turnovers, work on his offensive awareness and realize that he’s a 7-footer.   Keeping the ball up if you’re being hounded can buy you an extra second before tossing it away.

His most glaring weakness is his free throw shooting: 59.3% last season while shooting 60.0% for his career.  He needs to work on that.  Even Camby has pulled his free throw shooting up from the low 60′s to the low 70′s.  Get yourself some easy points, Ty.

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4 responses

12 09 2008
Ryan

I think it’s safe to say Tyson will always be what he is now, exciting and very servicable. Ask Ben Wallace how tough it is to improve ft%.

12 09 2008
Jacob Rosen

I think that Tyson Chandler has developed a nice little niche within the realm of the NBA. Similar to Marcus Camby and Ben Wallace before him, Tyson is a big guy who can be very productive in the grand scheme of things do to his elite rebounding and blocking. He is lacking in terms of offensive efficiency, but as long he has a talented point guard (such as Chris Paul,) he should be able to optimize his opportunities. I think that he should actually have been on the Olympic team this year instead of Tayshaun Prince. He is a solid guy down in the post, and should be one for many years to come.

12 09 2008
Travis Outlaw

HUGE mistake by the Bulls trading Tyson Chandler.

16 09 2008
K-man

Ryan:

True on the free throw shooting. It’s hard for guys with really big hands to put some touch on the ball. Someone once likened it to a regular person shooting a free throw with a tennis ball.

Jacob:

Definitely agree with you on all points.

Travis:

I’m not too sure that Tyson would have been as productive had he stayed in Chicago and played under Scott Skiles.

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