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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WEEK 6, DEBATE 3: Carlos Boozer vs. Tyson Chandler



Who would you rather have this season: Carlos Boozer or Tyson Chandler?

“Carlos Boozer only played 59 games last season due to injury but still averaged 17.5 ppg and 9.6 rpg. That broke a four-year streak in which Boozer averaged double figures in rebounds. I expect his numbers to be among the league’s best this season. He’s playing with league MVP Derrick Rose and a defensive unit that is very stingy. Boozer isn’t asked to carry the load offensively, but he’s a force to be reckoned with down low. Chandler, on the other hand, is not so impressive. As the 2nd overall pick in 2001, he has been nothing short of a journeyman. Sure, he won a title with the Mavs last season, but they could have done it without him, and now he won’t be back with the team this year. So I would take Boozer for this upcoming season."

“Chandler just signed with the Knicks, and there were many teams vying for his services! Boozer will be back with the Bulls, with many teams grateful they are not stuck with him and his mega-contract! In the Bulls heart-breaking final loss to the Heat last year, Boozer—the highest paid player on the team—did not play one minute in the fourth quarter! A Sun-Times article carried this head-line: Two words sum up Bulls’ disappointment—Carlos Boozer. Chandler, on the other hand, helped lead the Mavericks to their first NBA Championship. He has improved his free-throw shooting and his mid-range jumper and cut down his turnovers. He is an incredible defender, altering many more shots than his numbers even show. He led the NBA this past year in true shooting % at 69.7% and, according to BasketballReference.com, had the league’s #1 Offensive Rating of 131!”

“I wouldn’t go so far to say that Chandler helped lead the Mavericks to the Championship. The 10-years journeyman just signed a deal with the New York Knicks, his 4th team in as many seasons. That should tell you something. Chandler had a better supporting cast in the Playoffs and the Mavs likely would have won it with or without him. Although Boozer wasn’t an offensive juggernaut in the postseason, his stat line dwarfs that of Chandler’s."

"So the Knicks, a team which includes Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, take Tyson Chandler from the Championship Mavs and you think that says something negative about him? Again, while Boozer stays put with the Bulls--perhaps not so much because they want to keep him as much as that no one else wants him with that fat salary! And what about stat line? Boozer’s “dwarfs” Chandler’s? Please! Boozer did average more points/game and assists. He also averaged more turnovers. Chandler’s FG% and FT% were much higher than Boozer’s as were his blocks/game. Beyond stats, however, there is still the fact that Chandler elevated his play in the Playoffs and that of his teammates, while Boozer just sputtered out in the postseason and took his team down with him. Chandler played fierce, energized ball while Boozer lacked energy and intensity. Chandler is the better player!"

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1 comment:

  1. With Chandler gone, do you guys still think the Mavs can repeat as NBA Champions? Can Brendan Haywood really hold down the fort? I personally still think the Mavs have a great chance - picking up Odom, Carter, and West should soften virtually all of their blows, and if they play Miami in the Finals again, it's not essential to have a post defender.