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Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:07 pm
Edited on: December 5, 2011 9:38 pm
Fall is here, hear the yell, back to school, ring the bell ... Wait, we're almost to winter. What happened? Who cares, there's a season! The NBA season is right around the corner, and NBA training camp starts in just a couple weeks. To get you ready for the season, we've put together some pop quizzes. Pencils ready? We continue our Pop Quizzes with this question... 

Can Tyson Chandler help remake the Warriors?

By Matt Moore  

If Dwight Howard is a model of greatness to himself, Greg Oden is the mystery of a career lost, and Andrew Bynum is the intriguing incomplete whippersnapper, then there's a missing archetype. The hyper-competent, hyper-efficient, all-around veteran difference maker who has toughness a young guy can't have, the toughness that comes with maturity.

In the 2011 free agency, that archetype is personified by Tyson Chandler.

Tyson Chandler's story is pretty interesting. From a stone-handed bust for the Chicago Bulls to Chris Paul's alley-oop partner, Chandler was considered only valuable next to a guard like Paul as recently as 2009. He had injury issues, one of which derailed a trade to the Thunder. He wound up in Charlotte, had a forgettable year, and then made his way to Dallas. Boom.

He was the difference, in every way, for the Mavericks. For years the Mavericks were thought of as weak, as poor defensively, as lacking resolve, as lacking toughness around the rim. Chandler changed all of that. He attacks relentlessly and has the veteran sense to understand spacing to float and recover. If you want numbers, he allows just a 39 percent field goal percentage against the pick-and-roll according to Synergy Sports. He blocked 3 percent of all shots last year, including 19 blocks in 21 playoff games.

But it was more than just numbers. It was his approach. Not overly emotional, not tempermental, not prone to impulse. Making the right play, making it strong, and finishing alley-oop after alley-oop. 62 of Chandler's 266 makes last season were on pick-and-roll scoring opportunities and most of those were alley-oops. He and J.J. Barea had a very unique set of chemistry.

Chandler is a pro's pro at this point in his career, and in a league in desperate need of quality starting centers, he does all the things you look for a big man to do. Which is why he's got so many suitors. Reports over the weekend indicated that Chandler's biggest options were Houston, New Jersey (who want to sign every single free agent on the market), and the Golden State Warriors.

That's right, it's a new day in the Bay (so why don't you call it a day and eat some hay, what do ya' say, I just may) and Mark Jackson has vowed to turn the Warriors into a defensive-minded team. When new ownership and management came out alongside Jackson and said that they would be focusing on getting big men, it seemeed laughable. But now the Warriors are in a position to move from their constant rebuilding status of the past few years into at least "acceptably decent" territory. Chandler puts them lightyears ahead.

With a defensive minded coach, if Jackson can reach them, the Warriors have a dynamic point guard who can shoot from anywhere in Stephen Curry, a prolific scorer in Monta Ellis, a low-post scorer and volume rebounder in David Lee, a plethora of talented wings, a young raw big man in Ekpe Udoh who showed flashes last year, and a championship big man in Tyson Chandler. Having that kind of defense at the rim shifts the entire function of the team. If you don't believe a system and capable bigs can help a team with poor defensive talent, I direct you to the fact the Chicago Bulls had one of the best defenses in the league last season and started Carlos Boozer while bringing Kyle Korver off the bench.

Chandler is likely going to draw a King' ransom based on his reputation, the weakness of this free agency class, the weakness of this league at the center position, and the teams currently in the market. Golden State is a big-market team looking to put itself on the map with new owners, a new coach, and players they can trade, most notably Ellis, who has been on the block for what feels like a decade.

Chandler is 29, if he's given a near-max extension or, even worse, a max, he'll be 32 when the deal expires. That's a quality length of time. Golden State has tried going young and athletic, now it wants to get serious.

It doesn't get much more serious than Tyson Chandler.

The Warriors could be in position to make a serious move in 2011-2012.
Since: Dec 6, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 2:14 pm
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Since: Jun 18, 2009
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:38 am

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Yes but not at a cap price.He was just in the right place at the right time with dallas last year. look at the previous 3 years...i would focus my attention on Jordon from the clippers.

Chandler will be resigned by Cuban...Nene i like too but....Jordon is a up and comer Nene will demand to much money we already screwed up giving Lee all that money we cant make the same mistake in back to back years.

The warriors need to get bigger and more physical in the middle to compete with the rest of the league.

Chandler could be a one year wonder and has health problem.... 

Since: Oct 3, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:48 pm

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?


Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:25 pm

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

When looking what to expect from any player in NBA, MLB, or to some extent in the NHL do the following. Ignore their contract year, only expect those type of numbers if your team makes the playoff. Average their numbers from the two years prior to their contract year, that's what you should expect. Contract years like the playoffs are high motivation times, the two years prior are what the players normal attitudes are.

I have used this technique for years in both fantasy and when I play "arm chair" GM. It works very well in the NBA and MLB, I'm guessing it would work in Hockey. Football is too different in terms of systems and such, and also their carrers are too short with too many injuries for this to work as well.

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 7:32 pm

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Chandler has had  one mediocre career year last year and it just happened to be a contract year. Hmm. And that year, measured by the statistic PER was mediocre in the playoffs at 15.2 (15.0 is average.) Since Greg Oden was brought up his last year measured 23.1 PER. Now that is a center. Chandler will help whoever signs him. He can defend well next to Dirk. He can get lob passes next to Dirk (double teamed Dirk.) But he is not worth $20M per year in any scenario. He is maybe worth half of that but not for the next 4 years,

Chandler was shipped out of New Orleans because he was unmotivated and unproductive. His last year there his PER was 3.7 for the playoffs. That placed him among the worst centers in the league including bench warmers. Whoa! Someone will regret paying this guy. Big regret. Warriors beware. League beware. Appearances are not reality. Dial back the rhetoric and stand down the fans. It might be enough to scuttle a franchise to pay hime $20M (asking price.)

Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:14 pm

Pop Quiz: Can Chandler help remake the Warriors?

Uhhh the Warriors don't have Chris Paul yet..

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