I can’t be the only one who desperately misses Tyson Chandler, right?
Ever since Chandler left, it seems the Mavs are in search of a good big man. One who can defend the paint, rebound and hold their own on offense.
Samuel Dalembert was able to do some of that this year. He certainly had stretches where he looked Chandler-like while defending the rim, but his game wasn’t consistent. One night he’d look like a bona fide starter, and the next he’d be fumbling easy passes out of bounds.
Then there’s Brandan Wright, who somehow placed 13th in the NBA in John Hollinger’s PER stat. And just like Dalembert, he’d have nights where he’d look great. But he’s also listed at 210 pounds, and that holds him back.
And the last part of the big man rotation outside of Dirk is DeJuan Blair. He’s a great monkey wrench for Carlisle to throw at an opposing defense, but his listed height of 6’7” limits his ability to stay on the court for long stretches.
Each has proven valuable in different ways, but unfortunately each one has also shown glaring deficiencies as well. Hence the relatively equal split at playing time amongst them.
If only the Mavs could bring Tyson Chandler back.
Well, according to ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, the Mavericks seems to be very interested in bringing the 31-year-old back to Big D.
This could only happen as part of a trade, and at this point Chandler’s return is just rumored, nothing more.
But man is it fun to think about.
He would do wonders to shore up the center spot, and Chandler would provide the defensive presence next to Dirk that the Mavs really need.
Even if it isn’t Chandler, it would be hard to imagine a scenario where the big man rotation remains the same. There were things to like about the versatility of the group, but starting Samuel Dalembert again doesn’t sound too appealing.
Starting Tyson Chandler has a much better ring to it.