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Profile

Tyson Chandler

BIO

Tyson Chandler, one of the elite defensive centers in the NBA, is a current member of the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks.  Tyson first picked up a basketball when he was 14 years old. Six years later, Tyson became the starting center for the Chicago Bulls, after bypassing college and being chosen with the 2nd overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. After four seasons with the Bulls, Tyson was traded to the New Orleans Hornets in 2006 where in his first season he was second in the NBA in rebounding and quickly became one of the elite centers in the Western Conference.  After a brief stint in Charlotte during the 2009-10 campaign, Tyson was traded to the Mavericks during the summer of 2010 where he became the missing piece to the Mavericks championship run.  His defensive presence and leadership were lauded not only during the 2011 NBA Playoffs, but also during his time as a member of Team USA in 2010.  Tyson played a integral role in Team USA bringing home gold from the 2010 FIBA World Championships.  Blessed with great stamina and quickness, Tyson is an exceptionally rare NBA athlete - a 7-footer who has both an inside and outside game, a hybrid player who can run the floor, dominate the paint and knock down jumpers. Off the court, Tyson's greatest pleasure is spending time with his wife, Kimberly, and their three children. A member of the NBA's All-Star Reading Team, Tyson is also actively involved in children's reading and literacy programs, as well as a number of other community service efforts.