Tyson Chandler (born October 2, 1982 in Hanford, California) was obtained by the Dallas Mavericks in a trade along with Alexis Ajinca, from the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Erick Dampier, Matt Carroll, Eduardo Najera and cash considerations on July 13, 2010.
Chandler was a Parade All-American and a McDonald's All-American at Dominguez High School in Compton, California. As a freshman, he was profiled on the CBS television show 60 Minutes and as a senior led the school to the state championship with a 31-4 record while being named California's High School Basketball Player of the Year and averaging 26 points, 15 rebounds and 8 blocks per game. So great was his high school success that Chandler by-passed college and declared himself an early entry candidate for the NBA draft.
He was selected in the first round (second overall pick) of the 2001 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers. That same night, the Clippers engineered a draft-day deal sending Chandler and Brian Skinner to the Chicago Bulls for Elton Brand. The trade turned out to be a wonderful move for Chandler who spent the first five seasons of his NBA career with the Bulls.
As a rookie, Chandler had an immediate impact with Chicago appearing in 71 games and averaging 6.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. There was no sophomore slump for the 7'1 center as his numbers grew to 9.2 points and 6.9 boards in 75 games. Back problems held Chandler to a disappointing third season seeing action in only 35 games with averages of 6.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
2004-2005 proved to be a much better season as Chandler's 8.0 points and 9.7 boards in a career-high 80 games helped lead the Bulls to the playoffs. The next season would feature another playoff run for Chicago but would be his last in a Bulls uniform. He was traded during the summer to New Orleans in exchange for P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith.
Chandler's three seasons with the Hornets would be some of his most successful professional years. He led the league twice in offensive rebounds (2007 and 2008), finished third in the NBA in total rebounds twice (2007 and 2008) and finished second in FG% at .623 in 2008. He also helped lead New Orleans to two playoff appearances in 2008 and 2009.
Following the '08-'09 campaign Chandler was traded again, this time to Charlotte in exchange for Emeka Okafor. In his only season with the Bobcats, Chandler averaged 6.5 points and 9.9 rebounds over 51 games. The summer of 2010 held two major occurences for the big man. On July 13 came the trade to Dallas and later that summer he won a Gold Medal with the U.S.A. at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. During the tournament he averged 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds in just over 8 minutes of action per game.
He came in and provided the Mavericks with stout defense and strategic offense in helping lead the team to the NBA Championship. After the season, he was named to the NBA's Second Team All-Defense, only the third player in team history to make an All-Defensive team.
Prior the the 2011-2012 season, Chandler was shipped to New York as part of a three-team deal which included the Washington Wizards.
In his three seasons with the Knicks, Chandler was named NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 while also earning All-NBA Third Team honors. In 2013, Chandler was a first-time NBA All-Star and was voted to the NBA All-Defensive First Team by Coaches.
He was also a member of the Gold Medal-winning Team USA in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Chandler returned to the Mavs on June 25, 2014 when he was traded, along with guard Raymond Felton back to Dallas in return for Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, Wayne Ellington, Shane Larkin and the Mavs' two second round draft choices.
He has his own website with news of his community work, on-the-court action and blog at http://www.tysonchandler.com