4 Reasons Why the Dallas Mavericks Must Re-Sign Tyson Chandler
Tyson Chandler may have been one of the best acquisitions made by the Dallas Mavericks and Mark Cuban last year. Not only did Chandler solve the Mavericks big man problem, but his presence was one of the many reasons the franchise went on to finally win their first-ever NBA championship against the Miami Heat this past June 2011.
Currently Tyson Chandler is an unrestricted free agent, meaning that Chandler can decide to sign with any team that he chooses. However, the Dallas Mavericks should do whatever it takes to bring Chandler back, as they already have a great thing going for them in terms of overall “fit”.
Listed in the following slides are four reasons why Chandler should re-sign with the Dallas Mavericks!
Chandler's Overall Presence Is Just Right
Tyson Chandler was acquired from the Charlotte Bobcats along with Alexis Ajinca in exchange for the expiring contract of Erick Dampier (along with veterans Matt Carroll and Eduardo Najera). Chandler immediately became a much needed defensive and rebounding presence for the Mavericks, which is something that the team has lacked in their recent playoff runs.
His overall presence was a huge reason why the Dallas Mavericks were able to win the NBA championship this past June.
Chandler Can Defend at Multiple Positions
Chandler is able to use his athletic ability to defend opposing power forwards and centers somewhat effectively—making him even more valuable for the Mavericks. Dampier was a bigger bodied center, but was not an effective defender, forcing the Mavericks to send extra defenders to support Dampier in the paint.
Fits Alongside Dirk Nowitzki
Tyson Chandler’s presence allowed Dirk Nowitzki more room to work his offensive game. He was able to use the entire floor to size-up his defenders, and Chandler was able to rule the paint and clear paths for Nowitzki when needed.
Additionally, spacing out the floor also allowed players like J.J. Barea to get into the paint and develop a two-man game that head coach Rick Carlisle used against both the Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat.
Chandler Does Not Need the Ball to Be Effective
Tyson Chandler has not been a scoring big man throughout his NBA career so far. His points come from offensive rebounds, alley-oops and easy buckets underneath the hoop. All of this hustle helped Dallas become more aggressive on the boards, something that they were not always able to do on a consistent basis in the past playoff runs.