In Chicago, the twin towers never materialized, as both Chandler and Curry struggled with injuries. Three years into his career, however, Chandler was able to help the Bulls make the playoffs. After being traded to the Hornets, Chandler found chemistry with Chris Paul to lead them to 56 wins and the second round of the playoffs. Teaming with Paul to form the Crescent City Connection, Chandler established himself as a dominant pick-and-roll finisher at the rim. In nearly 200 games with the Hornets, Chandler shot over 61% from the field and averaged a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds a game.
After the 2009 season, the Hornets traded Chandler to the Bobcats. Despite battling injuries most of the season, Chandler again was able to help lead the franchise to new heights. The Bobcats made their first and only postseason in 2010 with Chandler patrolling the paint.
Unbelievably, Chandler was traded yet again. Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks wanted to pair a defensive presence next to Dirk Nowitzki. Finally, Chandler was in a good situation, with other good players around him. He excelled with the Mavericks, making the NBA’s All-Defensive second team. In the playoffs, the Mavericks went on an improbable run, knocking off Kobe’s Lakers and Durant’s Thunder before upsetting LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in the NBA Finals. After all the trades and injuries, finally Tyson Chandler was an NBA champion.
With the Mavericks looking for extra cap space, Chandler was signed-and-traded to New York. Chandler has transformed the Knicks on defense and formed yet another lethal alley-oop pair with Raymond Felton. The accolades have also rolled in, including the Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 and his first All-Star selection in 2013. Halfway through his tenure in New York, Chandler has more than proven his worth. As the Knicks attempt to topple the Heat, they will rely on Tyson Chandler’s defensive presence, his veteran leadership and of course his thunderous dunks. After six trades, five teams, and all the injuries and setbacks, Tyson Chandler has finally found a home in New York.