Tyson Chandler.

Tyson Chandler is frustrated with the Phoenix Suns regression

Published 2 Comments

It seems Tyson Chandler is not enjoying his time down in the deserts of Phoenix, Arizona.

The 2013 All-Star signed a four-year $52 million contract with the Suns last summer at the ripe old age of 32, looking to help the franchise develop into the playoff contenders they were on the cusp of becoming.

Since then, it's been a season to forget for Chandler and his team. The 2012 gold medallist with Team USA has only managed 6.5 points and 8.6 rebounds a night in a Suns jersey and those numbers are not only significantly down on his career output, but miles off what Chandler achieved in Dallas just last year.

Article continues below

Despite the statistical struggles that have contributed to Phoenix's record of 19-50 this campaign - which is the joint-third worst in the NBA - the 2011 NBA champion has managed to write his name into the Suns history books along the way.

Chandler's 13 offensive rebounds against the Atlanta Hawks back in January set a franchise record and he's also the only player in Suns history to record 20 rebounds or more in consecutive games.

Article continues below

However, despite these feats, Chandler appears fed up with carrying the load of a struggling Suns and feels this isn't what he signed up for.

“For me, especially where I am in my career, I want to win,” Chandler told the Arizona Republic. “I want to win now. I’m not in any kind of rebuilding stage. So if that’s the case, it ain’t where I’m supposed to be.”

It's a fair analysis given the fact he'll be 34-years-old by the start of next season. But still, his numbers won't be jumping off the page to any contenders right now and of course, the trade deadline for this season has passed.

Chandler will have to make the most of the remaining 13 games of the 2015-16 campaign if he plans on putting himself in the shop window for next term.

Even so, the fact is he's signed a big-money deal and isn't really producing big-money numbers. One could argue the supporting cast around him is hindering him, but any interested party would still have to part with a similar earner or put together a complex package to prize Chandler away from Phoenix.

It's a tough sell on the face of things, but Chandler has proven in the recent past that he can put together a string of double-double performances in the right environment.

Phoenix Suns v Dallas Mavericks

The center - who was the number two draft pick in 2001 behind Kwame Brown - has reportedly received interest from the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the past, but looking at their loaded rosters at present it's hard to predict what assets either outfit would move to accommodate Chandler.

Something has got to give: Chandler's ambition or the Suns' fortunes.

Phoenix Suns
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Tyson Chandler
Eric Bledsoe

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - NBA Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again