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.


Southern Comfort

3 05 2008

I have been in New Orleans for a business trip this past week. So that’s why I’ve been missing since the 25th. I made an interesting note about New Orleans folks though:

They’re very nice and they love their Hornets.

The New Orleans arena always seems half-empty during televised broadcasts. It’s odd because you can easily get Hornets tickets; and the tickets run as low as $20.

The NBA hasn’t given me a grant just yet so my research on this topic is a bit flawed. But still, with all the buzz about the Hornets, wouldn’t they be able to sell out more games?

There was also lots of basketball billboards around the city. I thought this was very interesting because you don’t often see major basketball teams mass-marketing in this way.

I was walking back from Bourbon Street one night and noticed that there was a huge Kevin Garnett billboard in the NOLA streets. I thought, “maybe I’m just drunk. Why is there a KG billboard in New Orleans?” But then I realized that I hadn’t had anything to drink and did a double-take.

The billboard was of KG with the words “Basketball is a Brotherhood.” Very odd, isn’t it?

There was also a very loud parade going down Canal Street yesterday.  I looked away from work for a second and was surprised to see all the noise coming from only a dozen people.  Half of these people were cheerleaders and the other half were holding cardboard cut-outs of Peja Stojakovic’s head.