After yesterday’s first part of my NBA mock draft, I have gone all-out and finished the first round. I was thinking about doing a second round mock, but the second round of the NBA draft is pretty low-key. Catch the first part of my mock here, and the second half just below:
Going The Distance’s list of the NBA’s top 30 centers continues today with No. 5-1. Scroll down to the bottom of the article to find the previously posted rankings (No. 30-6).
5. Tyson Chandler – New York Knicks: Chandler helped put the Mavericks over the hump in 2011 to win the NBA title over the Heat. He has shot at least 60 percent in five different NBA seasons, including a league-best 67.9 percent last year and 63.7 percent this year. Chandler’s true impact on the game does not show up in the box score. He does average 10.4 points and 10.7 rebounds on the year, and he did string together three straight games of 20-plus rebounds, but he makes his living as the glue that holds together the Knicks’ defense.
New York has a notoriously poor defense, but without Chandler, it would have no defense at all. He blocks shots (1.1 per game), he is athletic enough to handle switches in pick-and-roll situations, and he alters entirely too many shots to keep track of. Chandler is also an expert at running the pick and roll with Raymond Felton, and is always a threat to throw down a thunderous alley-oop.
The newest facet of Chandler’s game, however, is his offensive rebounding. The seven-foot-one center leads the NBA in offensive rebounds with 4.1 per game. Surprisingly enough, that average doesn’t include many of the missed shots and loose balls that he swats back outside the arc for his teammates to corral and begin a new possession.