The Los Angeles Lakers at least partially solved the team’s lack of depth at the center position by signing the recently bought out Tyson Chandler.
After clearing waivers, the Los Angeles Lakers signed center Tyson Chandler. Although he is 36 and his play is declining, he can be a valuable piece to the Lakers team. Chandler spent the last three seasons with the Phonix Suns.
The Los Angeles Lakers are in desperate need for a backup center behind JaVale McGee. McGee is having a fantastic season, averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks a game. The Lakers lack size and rim protecting when McGee exits the game; they have Johnathan Williams and Ivica Zubac playing behind him.
Tyson Chandler will bring reliable size off the bench, can block shots and change shots at the rim. Chandler can play solid minutes off the bench and reduce some McGee’s minutes to keep him fresh as the season goes on.
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With Chandler, the Lakers now have two rim protectors and that is key for their defense to be better. Chandler will be very vocal on defense; by that I mean he will call out picks and make sure his teammates are lined correctly, kind of like a free safety and middle linebacker in football.
Also, Chandler brings championship experience to a team that is trying to find their way early this season. This Lakers team does not have many players with championship experience, besides Lebron James, JaVale McGee and Rajon Rondo. Players on the team will respect Chandler and should listen to what he has to offer, especially on the defensive end.
This is an excellent move by the Lakers. The Lakers have a lot of young talent and critical veterans players that are learning how to play together. The Lakers are not very good defensive team giving up 120 points per game.
That is unacceptable for a team with young athletic guys and gritty veteran players. Everybody talks about the lack of shooters the Lakers have, that is not a big issue right now, they are averaging 118 pointers per game.
The big problem is the defense is giving up 120 points per game, that number has to go down if the Lakers want to make the playoffs.
Tyson Chandler will be vital to improving the defense his experience will help out a lot. I think the defense will improve with Chandler there. With the addition of Chandler, there should always be a rim protector on the floor.