Tyson Chandler

We honestly think that Tyson Chandler is among one of the most underrated players in the history of basketball, and is that not a strange thing to say out a former second overall pick who played twenty years.  So why would we say that?

Chandler began his pro career with the Bulls, and the hype around him and Eddy Curry was bloated.  They could not bring Chicago back to the promised land, and the five years he spent with Michael Jordan's former team was arguably a bust.  

Traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2006 and to the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010, it was his lone year in Dallas (2010-11) where he put it all together.  Chandler was outstanding in this environment, and his defensive skills were finally perfected.  Dallas won the NBA Championship, shocking the LeBron James-led Miami Heat, and he entered free agency as a star.

Chandler signed with the Knicks after, and he was one of the best defensive players in the league.  The Californian won the 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year, and while he was known mainly for that side of the ball, he led the NBA in Field Goal Percentage that year (.679), and from 2010-11 to 2014-15, he led the league four of five times in Offensive Rating.  Chandler also played for Phoenix, the Lakers, and Houston and was a Gold Medalist for the United States in both the 2010 World Championships and 2012 Olympics.

Chandler likely won't get into the Hall, but his numbers are much closer than you think.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Compton, California, U.S.A.
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2024
  • Position: Center, Power Forward
  • Played For: Charlotte Bobcats, Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 2nd Overall in 2002
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Defensive Player of the Year (2012-13)
    All-NBA Third Team (2011-12)
    All-Star (2013)
    All-Defensive First Team (2012-13)
    All-Defensive Second Team (2010-11 & 2011-12)
    Most Offensive Rebounds (2006-07 & 2007-08)
    Highest Field Goal Percentage (2011-12)
    Highest 2-Point Field Goal Percentage (2011-12)
    Highest Effective Field Goal Percentage (2011-12)
    Highest True Shooting Percentage (2010-11, 2011-12 & 2012-13)
    Highest Offensive Rating (2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2014-15)
    Highest Total Rebound Percentage (2006-07)
    NBA Championships (Dallas Mavericks, 2011)
    Olympic Gold Medal (U.S.A., 2012)
    FIBA World Championship Gold Medal (U.S.A., 2010)
    FIBA Americas Championship Gold Medal (U.S.A., 2007)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds (4) (2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Rebounds per Game (6) (2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12 & 2014-15) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebounds (7) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2012-13 & 2014-15) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebounds (3) (2006-07, 2007-08 & 2014-15) 
    Top Ten Finishes: Field Goal Percentage (2) (2007-08 & 2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: 2-Point Field Goal Percentage (2) (2007-08 & 2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: Effective Field Goal Percentage (2) (2007-08 & 2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: True Shooting Percentage (6) (2011-12), 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15, 2016-17 & 2017-18)
    Top Ten Finishes: Win Shares (1) (2004-05 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Win Shares (1) (2011-12)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Win Shares (1) (2004-05)
    Top Ten Finishes:  Defensive Box Plus/Minus (1) (2004-05)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rating (5) (2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13, 2013-14 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rating (2) (2004-05 & 2005-06)
    Top Ten Finishes: Total Rebound Percentage (7) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2012-13 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Offensive Rebound Percentage (6) (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2012-13 & 2014-15)
    Top Ten Finishes: Defensive Rebound Percentage (3) (2004-05, 2006-07 & 2014-15)

  • Notable All-time Rankings:

    5.   Field Goal Percentage: .597
    5.   2-Point Field Goal Percentage: .598
    5.   Effective Field Goal Percentage: .597
    17.  Offensive Rebounds: 3,529
    19.  Offensive Rating: 118.4
    19.  Offensive Rebound Percentage: 12.6
    20.  Total Rebound Percentage: 18.8
    26.  Defensive Rebound Percentage: 25.1
    32.  Defensive Rebounds: 6,938
    51.  Blocks: 1,335
    38.  Rebounds: 10,467
    60.  Games Played: 1,160
    66.  Defensive Win Shares: 45.8
    69.  Block Percentage: 3.3
    85.  Win Shares: 102.1
    94.  Rebounds per Game: 9.0

Should Tyson Chandler be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
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