Tyson Chandler shot five of eight last night and it hurt his field goal percentage. He dropped from about 68.2 percent to a flat 68 percent. That's silly, and indicative of exactly how ridiculous (and close to the rim) Chandler has been for the Knicks this season. How do we know he's been ridiculous? Because his field goal percentage is up there with what Wilt Chamberlain used to produce. From Benjamin Hoffman of the Times:
If that were to hold up, it would be the third highest for a single season in N.B.A. history, with only Chamberlain ahead of him. But what makes this season even more Chamberlain-like is not just how well Chandler is shooting, but how far ahead of his competition he is. Andrew Bynum, the Lakers center, is second in the N.B.A. in field-goal percentage, shooting 58.2 percent, a drop-off of 10 percentage points. The last player to have a margin that large was, of course, Chamberlain in his final season, 1972-73, when he shot 72.7 percent from the floor, 15.7 percentage points ahead of Matt Guokas, who shot 57 percent.
Wilt Chamberlain! I wasn't alive when he played basketball but I'm told that he was 13'2" and would sometimes have group sex with three ladies WHILE dunking on people. Pretty crazy, and Chandler's actually well within striking distance of beating Wilt's .6826 mark from the 1966-1967 season, which would give him the second best single season field goal percentage of all time. And that's from a guy who's had a bad left wrist for about a month and is also the team's best defensive player by a long shot. You are wonderful, Tyson Chandler.
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