Tyson Chandler is an NBA championship winning center who currently plays for the Houston Rockets. He has had an illustrious career, and proved how important a strong defensive player can be in a team’s roster.
Throughout his career, Chandler has challenged defensive records, particularly when it comes to rebounds. He’s set franchise records as well as challenged some all-time NBA records.
Does Tyson Chandler still play for the Lakers? At the time of writing, the answer is no. Chandler signed as a free agent for the Houston Rockets in July 2019. As we enter the last years of Tyson Chandler’s career, it’s important to understand his contribution to the NBA and how defensive play can win titles.
Tyson Chandler was born in Hanford, California on 2 October 1982. He grew up on a farm and first started shooting at a hoop attached to a tree by his grandfather. From an early age Chandler’s height set him apart from his classmates. His early development would ultimately help bring forward Tyson Chandler’s NBA draft year.
Chandler attended Dominguez High School in California. Here his performances drew acclaim nationwide, with him even appearing on the 60 Minutes current affairs TV show.
In his junior year, he averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks per game. He would push on from this the following year. In his senior year, he averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks per game. This form helped lead the Dominguez Dons to the State championship.
At the end of his high school career, colleges from across the US were trying to entice Chandler to enrol. After much consideration, Chandler decided to go from prep-to-pro. This meant that he went straight from high school to the 2001 NBA Draft.
Prior to 2006, basketball players could go from high school straight to the NBA. Some notable players who have done so are Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum and LeBron James. Since 2006, players have been made to play at least one year of college basketball or be one year out of high school.
For Tyson Chandler, news of his draft availability was well received and he was the 2nd overall draft pick in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Tyson Chandler was picked by the Los Angeles Clippers with the second overall draft pick in 2001, and then traded to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand. The Tyson Chandler trade was an attempt by the Bulls to rebuild the side after the Michael Jordan era. The attempts were ultimately unsuccessful as the Lakers were midway through their three-peat.
Although Chandler struggled with back injuries in the 2003 – 2004 season, he managed to help lead the Bulls to the playoffs in 2005 and 2006. His best season with the Bulls was perhaps the 2004-2005 season. In that season, he averaged 8 points, 1.8 blocks, 0.9 steals, and 9.7 rebounds per game.
In 2006, the Chicago Bulls were looking to bring in Ben Wallace from the Detroit Pistons. They decided to trade away Chandler to make space for him on the roster. In July 2006, the Chicago Bulls traded Chandler to the New Orleans Hornets.
New Orleans Hornets
Tyson Chandler’s trade to the New Orleans Hornets in 2006 seemed to strengthen Chandler’s defensive resolve. Chandler had the most offensive rebounds in the NBA in both the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 seasons. He also took the New Orleans Hornets to the NBA Playoffs in 2008 and 2009.
In February 2009, Chandler was traded to Oklahoma City Thunder. However, after medical concerns, the trade was rescinded. He returned to the Hornets until the end of the 2008-2009 season.
Chandler’s best season with the Hornets was the 2007-2008 NBA season. He averaged a career best 11.8 points, 11.7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1.1 blocks per game.
In July 2008, Tyson Chandler was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats. Chandler only spent one season at the Bobcats, missing 29 games through injury. Chandler’s form also suffered a dip. He averaged 6.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. Despite this, the Bobcats did make it to the playoffs. They lost in the first round to the Orlando Magic.
In July 2010, Chandler was traded to the Dallas Mavericks. This was a fateful trade as it would lead to his first and only NBA Championship ring. Chandler initially only spent the 2010-2011 season with the Mavericks. His performance in the NBA Finals solidified his quality and rewarded years of hard work. His toughness in defence made Tyson Chandler’s position of center instrumental in winning the championship. He tied the finals with a performance of 13 points and 16 rebounds.
With his contract up at the end of the season, the Mavericks decided not to go all out to re-sign Chandler. As a result, he became a free agent at the end of the season.
Chandler would later return to the Mavericks for the 2014-2015 season. In his second stint with the Mavericks, Chandler managed a double-double with a 60% shooting average from the field. In his second stint, he averaged 10.3 points, 11.5 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 blocks per game.
While both his stints will be fondly remembered by Mavericks fans, his first stint is immortalized for winning their only championship to date.
New York Knicks
After becoming a free agent, Chandler signed with the New York Knicks in December 2011. He improved the Knicks’ defense immensely and was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012, and was selected as an NBA All-Star in 2013. His second season with the Knicks resulted in another double-double. He averaged 10.4 points, 10.7 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game during the 2012-2013 season.
His third season with the Knicks was blighted by injuries and his performances took a dip as a result. At the end of the 2013-2014 season, he was traded to the Dallas Mavericks for his second stint, where he would again achieve a double-double.
In 2015, Chandler was signed by the Phoenix Suns. Chandler recorded an impressive amount of rebounds during his time with the Suns. He was the first player in the Suns’ history to record two consecutive 20-rebound games. His best season was 2016-2017, where he averaged 8.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.
DeAndre Ayton pushed him out of the starting lineup in the 2018-2019 season, and he was traded to the Lakers in November 2018.
Los Angeles Lakers
Tyson Chandler arrived for the second half of the Lakers schedule. With the LA Lakers pushing to end their NBA Playoff drought, they were hoping Chandler could add some defensive strength to the team. For more information and the latest Lakers news, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.
Unfortunately, Tyson Chandler wasn’t able to inspire the Lakers to the playoffs. While he has immense experience, Lakers news sites reported that Chandler would not be re-signed at the end of the season. Tyson Chandler’s Lakers career averaged 3.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 0.6 assists.
Chandler signed for the Houston Rockets in July 2019 and will add a tremendous amount of experience to their roster.
Tyson Chandler’s stats cover 18 seasons so far. He averages 8.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 0.8 assists per game after 1,134 games.