The New York Knicks are trying to make the playoffs for the second straight year, this time under interim head coach Mike Woodson who replaced Mike D’Antoni a few weeks ago. However, the Knicks are shrouded with superstar talent like Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and now Jeremy Lin although Stoudemire and Lin are going to be out for a long time. The name that has been quietly making noise if Tyson Chandler.
Currently, Chandler is putting up some dominant numbers. He is shooting 68.2 percent from the field, which if that were to hold up, it would be third highest single-season field goal percentage in the NBA. Wilt Chamberlain holds the other two high marks shooting 72.7 percent from the field in 1972-73 and shooting 68.3 percent from the field in 1966-67.
No one will ever get as high as Chamberlain got in those two seasons but for Chandler to do it on the Knicks, it is really something special. It is one of the bright spots of the Knicks’ season because of all the controversy that surrounded the team with Anthony, D’Antoni and also some of the distractions that Lin may have caused.
Chandler is averaging 11.2 points and 9.8 rebounds per game this season in his first year with the team. You never hear anything good from him except from the New York Times on how well he has been shooting so far this year. For the Knicks sake, Chandler still needs to be that guy that handles everything down low.
According to BasketballReference.com, Chandler an 8.1 win share total and a 3.2 defensive win share total. He also had the best offensive rating in the league this season as well.
Take note NBA fans. Chandler is a force to be reckon with.