This is not what Tyson Chandler expected coming into the year. He was coming off what were arguably two of his best seasons of his career, both as a Knick, and then this season happened. Marred by injury early in the year, it was clear it took Chandler some time to get his rhythm back.
Despite only playing 55 games, Chandler’s impact on the team was still huge. Though he didn’t lead the league in true shooting % or offensive rating like he did the three years prior to this one (remember that the next time someone tells you Chandler isn’t supremely important to the Knicks offense), he was still impactful on a fairly decent Knicks offense. Chandler is the only player on the Knicks to average a double-double per 36 minutes this year. He averaged 10.4 points and 11.5 rebounds per 36, including 3.4 offensive rebounds.
Tyson Chandler changes the way the Knicks play offense. This year when he was on the floor, the Knicks shot more three point shots and got more dunks, the two best shots in the game. In contrast, the Knicks took more shots from 4-15 feet, a bad area to shoot from, when he sat. All of this points to the Knicks’ outstanding 107.2 offensive rating with Chandler on the floor.
The Knicks had a better FG%, TS%, eFG%, PPP (points per possession), PPS (points per shot), and a higher rate of assisted threes when Chandler plays per nbawowy.com. While obviously it is not all him and there are other factors involved, it is hard to deny Chandler has an extremely positive impact on the team in an area where he isn’t given enough credit.
When Chandler is on the floor, the Knicks can spread the floor with shooters and continuously run pick and rolls and either take the ensuing Chandler dunk or take advantage of the open shots he creates when the defense must collapse on him at the rim.