29 Facts About Tyson Chandler

1. Tyson Chandler was drafted directly out of high school as the second overall pick of the 2001 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Clippers, then was immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls.

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2. Tyson Chandler was named to the NBA All-Defensive Team three times.

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3. Tyson Chandler won gold medals with the US national team in the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics.

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4. Tyson Chandler grew up in a family farm in Hanford, California, just south of Fresno, California.

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5. Tyson Chandler began playing basketball at the age of three years on a basket Tyson Chandler's grandfather, Cleotis, fixed on a tree.

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6. Tyson Chandler earned accolades from Parade Magazine and USA Today and was selected to the McDonald's High School All-America Team.

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7. Tyson Chandler was recruited by several universities and considered UCLA, Arizona, Syracuse, Memphis, Kentucky and Michigan.

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8. Tyson Chandler was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers with the second overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft, before being immediately traded to the Chicago Bulls for former No 1 overall pick Elton Brand.

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9. In September 2005, Tyson Chandler signed a six-year deal with the Bulls.

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10. On February 17, 2009, Tyson Chandler was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder in exchange for Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and the draft rights to DeVon Hardin.

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11. On July 28, 2009, Tyson Chandler was traded to the Charlotte Bobcats in exchange for Emeka Okafor.

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12. On July 13, 2010, Tyson Chandler was traded, along with Alexis Ajinca, to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for Erick Dampier, Eduardo Najera, Matt Carroll and cash considerations.

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13. Tyson Chandler was the perfect fit during his first season with the Mavericks, anchoring their defense on a team with Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Terry and Jason Kidd.

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14. Tyson Chandler was credited with giving the Mavericks the 'toughness' and defensive intensity that they sorely lacked, earning selection to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team for his efforts.

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15. The Mavericks went on to defeat the Heat in six games, with Tyson Chandler winning his first and only championship.

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16. Tyson Chandler was heavily courted by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets among other teams.

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17. On December 10, 2011, Tyson Chandler was acquired by the New York Knicks via sign-and-trade as part of a three-team trade, joining the Knicks on a reported four-year, $58 million contract.

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18. Tyson Chandler became the first player in franchise history to win Defensive Player of the Year, and joined Alvin Robertson and Dikembe Mutombo (1995) as defensive players of the year on the Second All-Defensive Team.

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19. In January 2013, Tyson Chandler was named an NBA All-Star for the first time in his 12-year career, earning selection as an Eastern Conference reserve for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game.

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20. On June 25, 2014, Tyson Chandler was traded back to the Dallas Mavericks along with Raymond Felton in exchange for Shane Larkin, Wayne Ellington, Jose Calderon, Samuel Dalembert, and two second round picks in the 2014 NBA draft.

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21. On July 9, 2015, Tyson Chandler signed a four-year, $52 million contract with the Phoenix Suns.

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22. On November 6, 2018, Tyson Chandler signed with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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23. On July 19, 2019, Tyson Chandler signed with the Houston Rockets.

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24. In that game Tyson Chandler was in for less than 1 minute and only shot 2 free throws.

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25. Tyson Chandler played in all nine World Championship games as a backup center, averaged 2.6 ppg and 2.7 rpg, shot 64.3 percent from the field, and blocked five shots.

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26. Tyson Chandler ended the game with two points, which were the first points scored during the game.

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27. Until the age of 10, Tyson Chandler grew up with his grandfather on a farm in central California.

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28. Tyson Chandler is the son of Frank Tyson Chandler and the late Vernie Re Threadgill.

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29. In 2016, Tyson Chandler joined UNICEF Kid Power as a UNICEF Kid Power Champion for a mission in Uganda, in an effort to fight global malnutrition and as well as raise awareness among kids, via the world's first "wearable for good".

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