Apr 6, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) reacts during the first half against the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

New York Knicks: Did they get better after Chandler trade?

At least Raymond Felton is gone too.

The New York Knicks, on Wednesday, traded their second best player and one of their worst for an above average point guard, a decent center and not much else (though I do like Shane Larkin as a 10-15 minutes a night guy as a role he can grow in to).

Jose Calderon will undoubtedly help the Knicks regardless of what offense they run.

He is better at just about everything Felton, but is marginally worse on defense than the porous Felton.

A detail that should get more play is, assuming the Knicks do run the Triangle, the point guard’s ball handling roles will be lessened. He will however be relied on to space the floor and hit those corner threes (think Steve Kerr and Derek Fisher all those years in Chicago and LA).

Felton last year shot 31.8% from three and shoots 33.2% from there for his career. Both numbers are not good. Calderon on the other hand shot 44.9% from beyond the arc last year and 41.1% for his career, both excellent.

Calderon is more than capable of running a good offense too if Carmelo Anthony leaves and Jose has a bigger role. While having guys like Dirk Nowitzki and Monta Ellis helps, Calderon was a key player on the third best offense in the NBA last year.

As much as this trade is about improving at the point, it’s about trading Tyson Chandler.

Before last year’s injury hampered season, Chandler was the three time defending true shooting percentage and offensive rating champion. While many people questioned his offensive impact, Chandler really was an extremely important key to Knicks success on both sides of the ball.

While only in the strike shortened 66 season (Chandler actually played more games that year than last, playing in 62 of 66 and last year 55 of 82) the Knicks had an above average defense, Chandler was the only thing keeping the defense from falling into the bottom five.

Now the Knicks lose their rim protector and pick and roll hammer in exchange for a slower, even more injury prone, and older Samuel Dalembert. Dalembert isn’t terrible, his year last year was comparable to Chandler’s in most areas, but it was also a down year by Chandler.

The open ended part of this trade is the swirling rumors that  Larkin could be involved in a trade during the offseason, so any opinion on this trade can’t be 100% complete without seeing those trades.

That being said, short of the Knicks pulling off a coup of a deal, it’s difficult to say the Knicks really got better with this trade.

With the team in transition that may be secondary to other issues though.

The one wild card is, Chandler and Anthony have gotten along and Carmelo has put the Mavericks on his short list of teams to visit. It’s difficult to envision any star player willingly going from the East to the West but it couldn’t have hurt to get Carmelo’s best teammate down to Dallas.

Tags: Jose Calderon New York Knicks Tyson Chandler

  • Johnson

    Dalembert more injury prone than chandler? Do some research he played 81 games last season. And there’s no question NY got the better end of the trade, young prospects to work with and got rid of two players who had minimal impact last season and were some of the reason Knicks weren’t as competitive. And chandler won’t get melo to Dallas in a million years.

  • Jay R. Larceny

    what a joke of an article, Dalembert only missed significant time almost like 10 years ago while he was in Philly, chandler was good yeah in the past, we got him for the Defense and he got violated by Hibbert in the playoffs. Knicks also got a good player at the draft and please lets not talk about Felton,Calderon is an all star compared to him, Samuel & Jose > Felton and Chandler any day.

    • Jae

      I agree, plus all the prospects that come with it, AND we saved money shedding unwanted salary.

  • Jae

    LETS GO KNICKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Gary

    Who writes this stuff? Please go to any sports website and compare the two centers swapped in that deal…and come back and correct your article. Acquiring a #1 pick in last years draft (Larkin) is not good? Calderon is Magic Johnson compared to Felton…not an upgrade? The guys drafted last night don’t make them better? Rubbish Frank…do some homework before putting pen to paper.

  • John Herling

    …and once again the Knicks have no center worthy of the name. It’s gonna be a real long year.

  • Igloo

    Although the Knicks do lose a good, usable center in Tyson Chandler, Chandler is only a shadow of the defensive juggernaut he used to be. Countless times, he has served as a poor rim protector on many occasions and ultimately, plays inconsistently. But even if Tyson were still playing excellent defense, the issue this trade addressed is chemistry––Chandler was frustrated for most of last season, Felton had goddamn gun charges––ultimately, this trade got rid of two players who would not have made good locker room presences moving forward on this team.