About a week ago, the Los Angeles Lakers made the acquisition of veteran big man Tyson Chandler after he was bought out of the final year of his deal with the Phoenix Suns.
It hasn’t taken long for Chandler to make an immediate impact with his new team as he has played a major role in his first three games. According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, there is a belief that Chandler still has plenty to give on the court despite being in his 18th campaign in the league.
Talked to one NBA coach this week who thinks Tyson Chandler will keep coming up big for his new team. The quote: "He's 36 — but those weren't high-mileage years for his body in Phoenix."
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) November 12, 2018
Chandler has proven to be a huge factor not only in the locker room but also with his play as he made several key plays in his first week of the team. In his debut, he had a pair of key offensive rebounds in the final minute of the 114-110 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves that were tapped out to his teammates that helped seal the deal. He had capped it off in that contest by closing out on a 3-pointer attempt from Derrick Rose that altered his shot.
The 36-year-old also made a tremendous play in Sunday’s 107-106 win over the Atlanta Hawks where he got his fingertips on a game-winning layup by rookie point guard Trae Young on the final play of the game. He has been pivotal late in games that given the team another asset on the floor to help them close out contests. Meanwhile, he had hauled in a team-high 12 rebounds in Saturday’s 101-86 win over the Sacramento Kings.
In three games played, he is averaging 3.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steal in 22.6 minutes per game. Chandler led the team once each in rebounds, steals, and blocks. It has been nothing short than an impressive start to his Lakers’ career, which could have many more memorable moments ahead this season.
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