Defensively, Chandler has an impossible task. With major minus defenders like Carmelo Anthony, Tim Hardaway Jr, Raymond Felton, Amar’e Stoudemire, and Andrea Bargnani (for a time) on the team playing with him, Chandler had to scramble just to ensure the other team didn’t put up 130 every night.
Tyson led the team in a new stat by ESPN, called real plus/minus (or RPM) that is designed to give a clearer picture of a player’s impact while he is on the floor. While it still has some flaws, its offensive numbers favor perimeter players and defensive RPM favors big men, it is something to note that Chandler blows his teammates out of the water in DRPM (3.79).
DRPM uses player tracking data from the NBA to come up with its formula. In other words, it literally observes what a player does on offense and defense and spits out a point value to these actions per 100 possessions. The only other Knicks that play real minutes that are in the positive for DRPM are Iman Shumpert (2.02) and Pablo Prigioni (.84).
NBAwowy.com shows that Knicks opponents have a lower TS%, dunk and take layups less, have an average two point shot distance farther away, and take more mid-range jumpers (the worst shot to take on the court) when Chandler was on the floor compared to when he was off.
While the Knicks defense was been bad all year at 24th in defensive rating, it’s hard to argue against the notion that Tyson Chandler improved it. Chandler, though, did miss 27 games and had a dip in his overall impact on the team from the previous two years. He still is the second most valuable Knick (at worst) and an actual “huge piece to the puzzle” unlike Andrea Bargnani.