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Sunday, December 4th, 2016

I’VE ALREADY HEARD THIS ONE

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My morning laugh came from Sam Smith’s column in the Tribune:

Here’s a sight no one ever expected to see: When Tyson Chandler got the ball in the post in a win over the Suns on Saturday night, the Suns dropped a double team on him. “Eventually he can be a 20 [points]-and-10 [rebounds] guy,” Hornets coach Byron Scott said. “This year he’s going to be a double-double guy. We like to throw it to him down there because we have a lot of confidence in him.” This was after Chandler had 19 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, including a smooth 7-for-9 on free throws that had court-side scouts shocked.

Posting, hitting free throws, catching a bullet pass in traffic from Chris Paul and dunking—this was Tyson “Lobster hands” Chandler? Remarkable transformation for the player who was a quivering wreck in five seasons with the Bulls.

Guess what? If you play 30-40 minutes a game and you are 7’1″, you probably should get 10 & 10–at the least. He’s already played over 400 games in the NBA. But people still talk about him like a prospect.

He’s going to be a 20 & 10 guy? I’d bet heavily against that. He’s eternally in foul trouble, he has a high turnover rate and will never get that many shots a game to get there.

I love his energy and I’ve always been a big fan of Chandler’s. But a coach saying to the world that he will eventually be a 20 & 10 guy? Irresponsible.

  • dhaab

    But the fact remains that he’s still just 25 years old. Not saying this to disagree with you, but he’s pretty young in terms of learning the game.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    “but he’s pretty young in terms of learning the game.” Perhaps. Hard to believe he’s only 25.

    It was also his first year in New O, and he did have career highs in minutes per game, rebounds and FG%. But 20 & 10 a night is a pretty high order. Not a lot of guys in the league can average that per game. 10 & 10? Definitely. If he can stay on the court (and stay out of foul trouble and health woes) he should get that this year.

  • HeyBuddy

    “But the fact remains that he’s still just 25 years old. Not saying this to disagree with you, but he’s pretty young in terms of learning the game.”

    He’s played pretty extensively in the NBA over the last six years. If there’s still a lot that he has left to learn about playing basketball at this point then he must he a really slow learner. Can’t you ever just say, “Good point, I agree,” or do you have to put a contrarian spin on everything? :p

  • dhaab

    HeyBuddy, you obviously don’t know me very well. :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    actually, he does.

  • dhaab

    Well, if he does, he certainly doesn’t know me well enough to know I just enjoy disagreeing with people to debate them.

    Who is “HeyBuddy”??

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I cannot reveal the identity of commenters. It’s blogger code (LOL). It’s entirely up to HeyBuddy, or the forensic computer expert of your choice.

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