Nov 30, 2012; New York, NY, USA; Washington Wizards center Emeka Okafor (50) defends New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) during the third quarter at Madison Square Garden. Knicks won 108-87. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Tyson Chandler off to historic start

Through 16 games of the season, the New York Knicks are off to a tremendous 12-4 start, better than anyone could have  hoped for.

Carmelo Anthony has been busy playing at an MVP level, but one other Knicks player has been busy making history.

Knicks’ center Tyson Chandler leads the NBA with a .713 field goal percentage. He’s so efficient right now on the offensive end of the floor that he is destroying the competition as Dwight Howard is second with a .599 field goal percentage.

Nov. 26, 2012; Brooklyn, NY, USA; New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler (6) reacts on the court against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

He also finished the month of November with a .709 field goal percentage, which marked the second time in his career that he hit at least 70 percent of his shots in a calendar month (minimum 75 attempts). This first time also came in a Knicks’ uniform last January.

That alone put him in elite company as only the legendary Wilt Chamberlain has had more than one such month in the history of the NBA (via ESPN’s Jared Zwerling). Chamberlain accomplished the feat seven times.

When you look at things, Chandler is becoming one of the most efficient shooters in the history of the game. That’s not bad for a guy who is considered primarily a defender. Chandler gets a lot of his points from put backs and by attacking the rim off the pick-and-roll, but also is capable of scoring with his back to the basket, something I would like to see more of in the Knicks’ offense.

“I’ve just concentrated on trying to be efficient when I’m working on the pick-and-roll and understanding where I can be effective at. I try to take only the best shot when I’m out there,” Chandler told Zwerling.

His personality fits this Knicks team so well and is a major reason why they have been so successful.

Chandler doesn’t mind doing the dirty work at the defensive end of the floor and is very unselfish offensively. With the success he has had, Chandler could demand the ball more but is happy taking whatever comes to him.

He has also learned through the years how to become  solid offensive player.

He started having success in the pick-and-roll with Chris Paul in New Orleans and in the Big Apple has the luxury of playing with both Jason Kidd and Raymond Felton, something I feel helps Chandler out a great deal.

With the Knicks having two guys that can create a plays, it opens up the floor much more for Chandler as they can run the pick-and-roll on either side of the floor and sometimes even twice in one possession. That makes it hard for the defense to react and Chandler is very good and finding open spaces in the floor.

It’s no coincidence that the Knicks fortunes started turning around when Chandler arrived.

As long as he keeps doing what he is doing, Chandler could be in store for a huge season- at both ends of the floor.

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