Harris DeckerNotice the contradiction in that headline? So did I. I’ve heard over and over this year that Tyson Chandler has regressed to a point that he has no trade value and is hurting the team. This sentiment has been repeated by the media and countless fans. We even discussed it on the TKB Podcast a number of times.
The thing is, if you actually look at the numbers, Chandler is matching his Defensive Player of the Year stats from 2011-12. Unfortunately, a defensive presence in the middle of a bad team tends to disappear.
In a straight comparison to that year, Chandler is averaging more rebounds, the same exact number of blocks and less turnovers per game. Sure, he’s only scoring 8.9 points per game compared to the 11.3 in 2011-12, but let’s face it, he’s not here to score points. He’s here to play great defense and rebound the ball.
That’s right. You heard it here. Chandler is actually on pace to match his defensive numbers from the year he won Defensive Player of the Year. So, what has changed since then? It’s actually really simple. He’s not helping the team win. Instead, he’s helping them lose by less.
Offensively, Chandler is clearly having a bad season. His field goal and free throw percentages are down, while his assists are way up. In fact, his 1.2 assists per game are a career high.
So, let’s put a stop to the “Chandler has regressed commentary.” It’s simply not true. He just isn’t as impactful when the team is playing so poorly. Chandler is still a great player and although his contract spelled disaster for the front office (by way of the Chauncey Billups amnesty), on the court, there aren’t many centers that are as consistent as him.