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Tyson Chandler, the Defensive Player of the Year, will be the Knicks anchor once again on the defensive side of the ball.
The New York Knicks definitely reinvented their identity last season under Coach Woodson, and they'll look to continue being a defensive power in the NBA.
Under Coach Woodson, the Knicks were playing great defense, and their opponents were scoring less points.
At the conclusion of the 2011-12 season, the Knicks finished 11th in points allowed (94.7) and 10th in opponent field goal percentage (44.2 percent). You can bet that this statistic will improve during the 2012-13 season.
With another offseason together, I'm sure Woodson has emphasized defense even more on his team, and if there's one guy that comprehended that, it's the reigning Defensive Player of the Year—Tyson Chandler.
New York's center believes the Knicks will be a top-5 defensive team.
In Ian Begley's article on ESPNNewYork.com, Chandler suggests that anything not in the top five is a failure.
We should be in the top 5," Chandler said on Tuesday. "If you're in the top 10 in the league you're doing a good job...But our goals should be bigger than that. This team, with the unit that we have, the talent, the athleticism and plus the knowledge, we should be in the top 5.
Tyson Chandler is not the only defensive weapon anymore.
Backup center Marcus Camby is also a former Defensive Player of the Year.
Kurt Thomas and Rasheed Wallace are not afraid to give hard fouls to those coming to the basket, and Ronnie Brewer and Iman Shumpert will hold the opposition to minimal scoring.
Not to mention Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire will be better than last year.
Looking from the outside in, I'm buying Chandler's words of top 5 or bust.