OKC Thunder: 5 Reasons Why Tyson Chandler Would Have Been Better Than K Perk

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OKC Thunder: 5 Reasons Why Tyson Chandler Would Have Been Better Than K Perk
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Before the 2009 NBA trade deadline, the Oklahoma City Thunder traded Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith, and the draft rights to Devon Hardin for 7'1" center Tyson Chandler.  

The move was a good one for the Thunder, as they received the big man in exchange for two bench warming veterans.  

As most of us know, that trade was later rescinded because of concerns regarding Chandler's toe injury.  His stats had dropped that season from the previous one, which furthered worries that the injury could be more long term.  

The Thunder finally received their "center of the future" this past season in a deal that saw Kendrick Perkins dealt to OKC along with Nate Robinson.  While the deal gave the Thunder the middle presence they had always desired, Perk never really seemed fully healed from a knee injury that had affected him all season.

Perkins caused some commotion in the Western Conference finals when he declared that he and Chandler "never got along."  Chandler took the high road and declared that no such bad blood existed.  

This begs the question: Who would the Thunder be better off with, Perkins or Chandler?

Here are five reasons why Tyson Chandler would be a better fit with the Oklahoma City Thunder than Kendrick Perkins. 

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