Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
NEW YORK –– When he was coaching the Washington Wizards in 2001, Doug Collins worked Tyson Chandler out three times because he was so enamored with the 7-footer from Dominguez (CA) High.
“We almost drafted him,” Collins said Wednesday before his Philadelphia 76ers (7-2) took on the Knicks (5-4) at MSG.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of Tyson Chandler’s.”
And when Chandler came to the Knicks last month in a trade, Collins wasn’t pleased because he knew he would add a defensive presence to the Sixers’ Atlantic Division rival.
“He gives them a shot-blocker, a rebounder, he gives them tenacity. If you look at the game the other night, the three guys on their foul line got to the foul line a lot.
“He’s improved his foul shooting that used to be a real Achilles’ heel for him.”
After averaging 8.3 points in his career, Chandler is averaging 12 points and 8.6 rebounds this season. He’s had two 20+ point games, including Monday’s 20-point, 13-rebound outing in a 91-87 win over Charlotte.
He’s also 12th in the NBA in dunks.
“If they get Baron Davis back or whatever,” added Collins, “then they could be a real force.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.