Games Started: 66
Player Grade: B
After taking home Defensive Player of the Year honors in his first Knicks campaign, Tyson Chandler's New York future seemed as bright as anyone's. The argument could've been made that he was the team's best player in 2011-12. Unfortunately, that argument probably couldn't be made this past year.
Chandler's season started in less-than-ideal fashion after he tweaked his knee during the last preseason game versus the Brooklyn Nets. Through the first 12 games of the year, Chandler averaged just 10 points, nine boards and less than a block in 29 minutes for the Knicks.
After the rocky beginning, though, Chandler was as solid as they come. From Nov. 26 through March 11, Chandler scored 11 points and grabbed 12 boards on average over 49 games, even earning his first All-Star nod.
On March 13, though, Chandler's season was derailed by a knee injury he suffered against the Denver Nuggets. The knee issue evolved into a back and neck issue, leading to nearly a month off away from the court during which he caught strep throat from his daughter, leading to detrimental weight loss, according to Chandler.
He was unable to return to the Knicks' lineup until April 2, when he participated in four more games before ending his regular season on April 7, six games early.
His abysmal playoff performance was seemingly a direct result of the late-season missed time. Chandler was a shell of his mid-season self, and Roy Hibbert had him for lunch in the east semis.
His defense all season long was erratic, at least compared to his first season in New York, but he still acted as the Knicks' defensive anchor in the middle.
All in all, Chandler's second season at the Garden was a small step back from his inaugural one, but was still respectable nonetheless. His lack of an offensive game is starting to become an issue for New York, however, as Amar'e Stoudemire is quickly morphing into a minor contributor to the frontcourt, and Carmelo Anthony lacks a real scoring threat beside him in the lineup.
If Chandler can add any sort of scoring weapons to his game this offseason, it could be enough—coupled with his defense—to improve the Knicks next year.