The NBA announced it's All-Star reserves on Thursday night, and it turns out the Knicks will be sending more than one player to Houston for the February 17th showcase.
It's been a long time coming, but in his 12th season, Tyson Chandler is finally an All-Star.
Despite being considered one of the premier true centers in the game throughout his career and routinely ranking among the league leaders in field goal percentage, he rarely posts the kinds of offensive numbers --namely points per game-- that voters tend to favor.
But fortunately that has come to an end after the coaches selected him as a reserve for this year's Eastern Conference squad.
In spite of some of the more traditional numbers used, it's been clear what Chandler, last season's Defensive Player of the Year, does for the first-place Knicks. 12.2 points and 11 boards per game represent a solid All-Star reume, but they do not do justice for perhaps the Knicks' most consistent player.
It might even come as a surprise that his impact is not limited to the defensive end.
When Chandler is on the floor, the Knicks are 11.1 points per 100 possessions better on offense than they are when he is off. Opponents are also 2.9 points per 100 possessions worse when he is out there.
It appears that the coaches have taken notice. All the hard work has paid off.