Pay attention to the NBA rumor mill for long enough, and one thing will become apparent.
The Golden State Warriors want a big man. There are more than enough big men on the market, and the Warriors have been rumored to be interested in seemingly every one of them.
That includes Tyson Chandler, formerly of the Dallas Mavericks. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Warriors are one of several teams Chandler is going to meet face-to-face with this week, and the Warriors are among the "most serious suitors" for Chandler's services.
This makes sense, of course. The Warriors have cap space to use, and it's pretty clear that they aim to use it to bring in a big man.
Though fellow free agent Nene would also be a good option, it would be hard for the Warriors to ask for a more perfect center than Chandler. He's a well-above-average rebounder, and he's a formidable defensive presence.
Those two attributes alone make Chandler worth the Warriors' time and money. In guards Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis and forward David Lee, the Warriors have plenty of scoring punch. What they need is somebody who can make a difference in the paint more capably than Andris Biedrins.
If the Warriors do end up signing Chandler, they're going to be dangerous. They'll essentially be the same team that scored over 103 points per game in 2010-2011, but with a key defender who should help put a dent in the number of points they give up per game.
Assuming Chandler stays healthy, which is a risky assumption given his recent history, the Warriors would be a team that nobody will want to play. Assuming none of their scorers regress, it would also be safe to assume that the Warriors would be able to play their way into the Western Conference playoff picture.
The thing to keep in mind about the Western Conference is that several of its traditional powers are older teams, and other teams are not going to be as strong in 2011-2012 as they were in 2010-2011. The Denver Nuggets and New Orleans Hornets come to mind.
Put simply, this is a good year for the Warriors to go for broke. They'll need new head coach Mark Jackson to live up to the faith the organization has placed in him, but having the right personnel in place will make a huge difference.
Besides, we know that Chandler is a winner. He has a championship ring to prove it.
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