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Tyson Chandler was brought to New York in the 2011 offseason fresh off of a championship run with Dallas to provide the resurgent Knicks with a formidable defensive center who wasn't a total offensive liability.
And he has managed to do just that in his two seasons with the team.
In 2012-13, Chandler took just 6.1 shots per game, converting on 63.8 percent of them. Of those 6.1 shot attempts, five of them were directly at the rim and he connected at a 69.3 percent clip.
According to Hollinger PER stats, he also posted a PER of 18.88 (via espn.com), which was 43rd in the entire NBA and came in above the likes of Rajon Rondo, Kevin Love, Zach Randolph and J.R. Smith.
Chandler may not have much of an offensive game, but he is a legitimate threat in the pick-and-roll and catching lob passes at the rim. When he receives a pass on his way to the rim it is almost a guaranteed score or foul based on his strength and ability to elevate.
More importantly, though, Chandler, the 2012 Defensive Player of the Year, was integral in New York's shift from an all-offense, no-defense ball club to one of the league's more well-rounded defensive teams.
In 2011-12 the team had a defensive rating of 101, good for fifth in the league and last year it gave up just 95.7 points per game, which was seventh in the league.
Beyond just his own ability to guard the post and contest shots at the rim, Chandler's presence as a vocal leader on the defensive end of the floor has helped to keep his teammates active and aggressive while also not missing their rotations or losing track of their men.
On a team with players like J.R. Smith, Anthony and Stoudemire, all of whom have spotty defensive credentials, having a big man who can make up for his teammates' defensive lapses is incredibly valuable.
Say what you will about Tyson Chandler, but he has never been one to eschew his role on the Knicks for the sake of stats or personal glory.