The Dallas Mavericks won the championship in 2011, and it may not have happened if they did trade for Tyson Chandler. The seven-footer was the team’s starting center, and a key rebounder and rim protector on their title squad. The Mavs traded him to the Knicks after the season, but Chandler earned legendary status by helping Dallas win their only title in franchise history.
Dallas traded for Chandler again in 2014, and he again played a key role in the team reaching the playoffs, but they were bounced in the first round by the rival Houston Rockets. The seven-footer wanted to sign a long-term deal with the Mavericks, but he left for the Suns in free agency as Dallas pursued DeAndre Jordan.
Chandler retired from the NBA in 2020, and he was part of the Mavericks training camp last season. The 39-year-old is back this year, and he plans on taking on a larger role with the team.
Mavericks legend Tyson Chandler will be helping the big men this season
Chandler was in attendance for Wednesday’s practice, and head coach Jason Kidd said after the session that he would be taking on a larger role with both the Mavericks and the Texas Legend’s big men this season.
The seven-footer was one of the best defensive big men in the league at his peak, and he has plenty to teach Mavericks young and old after 19 years in the NBA. Expect Chandler to help Christian Wood improve his defense, and he could help guys like Marcus Bingham Jr. earn an NBA roster spot. Chandler's rebounding and shot-blocking knowledge could pay dividends for every Mavs and Legends big man this season.
Frank Vogel, Devin Harris, and Dirk Nowitzki have been in attendance during the first two days of training camp practices. Head coach Jason Kidd and his staff are getting plenty of help as the team gears up for the 2022-2023 season. Expect the Mavericks to hit the ground running in their second year under coach Kidd, and fans won’t want to miss a second of the action, so please stay tuned.