Tyson Chandler will never be known for his offense prowess. In years past, he has contributed on the offensive side of the ball in a way that seemed to fit perfectly into what the Knicks tried to do. They played off pick and rolls and Chandler became the perfect man to finish inside. This year, for one reason or another, Chandler never seemed to find his feet on the offensive side. He and Raymond Felton couldn’t get on the same page, and that was just the beginning.
A big key for Chandler this year was a huge regression in getting to the free throw line. Chandler took just 151 free throws in 2013-14 compared to 315 and 258 in the previous two seasons. That drop off contributed to his points per game, falling from 10.4 to 8.7 in just one season.
Chandler is always a presence inside. After disappearing during the 2012-13 playoffs, Chandler bounced back and had an average season on the defensive end. He is still a shell of his former self and two years removed from winning Defensive Player of the Year, he’s still trying to figure things out. What we saw this season is that Chandler is a great piece on a winning team. On a losing team, he falls off and is unable to contribute the way you’d like him to.
There was a huge trend this season to big man with a keen ability to pass the ball. We saw it all over the league and it’s still something that Chandler is completely unable to do. Chandler is a one trick pony and unfortunately, it didn’t fit well into this years plan. That being said, Chandler did average 1.1 assists per game, a new career high. It’s still a ways off from Joakim Noah’s 5.4 or Marc Gasol’s 3.6 apg.
There’s no question in my mind that Chandler is trending down. That’s not to say that he can’t still play at a very high level in the right system but that’s not the case right now. He’s not getting any younger and a new breed of centers is starting to take shape in the NBA. They can dribble, shoot and rebound. Chandler only features one of those qualities.