Debating Whether NY Knicks' Tyson Chandler Is Still an Elite Big Man

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Debating Whether NY Knicks' Tyson Chandler Is Still an Elite Big Man
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In his two seasons with the New York Knicks Tyson Chandler has completely revitalized the team's defensive culture, earned himself a Defensive Player of the Year award and averaged double-digit points.

However, following an injury plagued 2012-13 season and an extremely lackluster playoff, the question of whether or not Chandler deserves elite status remains very much in the air.

For all of the positives Chandler brings to the court, his game has some clear—at times, glaring—limitations, which have hurt the Knicks during the past two seasons.

With New York regrouping and preparing to make another run at a championship, let's take a moment to look both at the state of the league and of Chandler to try and determine whether or not the 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year and All-Star center is truly an elite big man.

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