Adam ZagoriaA healthy Tyson Chandler has been working on his mid-range jumper and believes it can transform his otherwise limited offensive game.
“I think it can be deadly because if you can knock that mid-range jump shot right there, it exploits a lot of bigs, makes them come away from the basket where they’re not comfortable,” Chandler said Wednesday, after practice. “And obviously I’m faster than most of the bigs in the league — not all of them — so that it turns into a footrace to the basket.”
Bothered by a neck injury and the flu at the end of last season, Chandler managed just 5.7 points and 7.3 rebounds in 12 postseason games. He was badly outplayed by Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert in the Knicks’ second-round loss.
“I was battling a lot of things honestly, but I’m just glad now I’m physically ready to get out there,” Chandler said. ”It was very frustrating to exit the way we did and physically where I was at. That’s why all summer all I concentrated on was weight room and jump shot and nice hook shot.”
He said he’s added 15-20 pounds and is back to about 253 pounds after going down to a low of about 230.
Chandler also said he believes that the Knicks would thrive if Andrea Bargnani plays the 4 and Carmelo Anthony shifts to the 3 from the 4.
“I think it can be great because I think it puts Melo back to his natural position,” Chandler said. “He’s a terror at any position but at the 3 position he’s much more physical than guys. He’s bigger. With Bargnani spreading thet floor I think it will open the lane up and guys gotta honor his jump shot and I think we’re going to make things a lot easier for him.”
Harris DeckerThis is an obvious and much needed improvement to his game. A player that at times, is one of the best defenders in the NBA, his ability to score in years past has been limited to alley-oops and put backs. If he is able to develop a mid-range jump shot, he could become a key piece on both sides of the ball.
Adam Zagoria covers the New York Knicks and Big East hoops for NBA.com and SNY.tv. He also appears as a Big East Basketball Insider on SNY and 1050 ESPN Radio. You can follow him on Twitter and read his blog.