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Last season, Tyson Chandler won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award.
And it was well-deserved. He averaged 33.2 minutes per game, the third highest total of his career and the most since 2007-08 in New Orleans.
Mainly, he played that many minutes because the Knicks had no one else to rely on. Unless the defensively-challenged Stoudemire was at the 5, only the offensively-challenged Jared Jeffries could play center, except when they threw 6'10" rookie Josh Harrellson into the mix.
This year, the Knicks have a sage warrior at backup center in Marcus Camby. After an injury-plagued first half to his career, Camby has been more reliable of late. Since 2006-07, Camby has played 70, 79, 62, 74, 59 and 59 games (out of 66 last season).
His minutes have diminished over the past two seasons (26.1 and 22.9), and that trend should only continue. But with Camby bringing his excellent rebounding and tremendous defense back to New York, Chandler should get a few more breathers on the bench and his minutes should decrease to around 28 per night.
That was around the same number that he averaged with Dallas in 2010-11 when the Mavs won the championship (27.8). That will help Chandler stave off injury, as he battled numerous ailments over the course of last season but missed only four games. It could also help the Knicks win a playoff series for the first time since 2000.
Follow me. I booed Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas (no relation) last season. Poor kid.