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Biography

Background

As A Professional: NBA’s 2011-12 Defensive Player of the Year and 2013 All-Star is currently in his 13th NBA season (third with NYK)...Three-time NBA All-Defensive selection...Joined Knicks just prior to 2011-12 season in sign-and-trade with Dallas, whom he helped lead to 2011 NBA Championship...KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2011-12...NBA All-Defensive in each of last three seasons (Second Team in 2010-11 with Mavs and 2011-12 with Knicks; First Team in 2012-13)...All-NBA Third Team in 2011-12...NBA All-Star in 2013...In 12 NBA seasons (Knicks are his fifth team), Tyson has averaged 8.7 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.34 blocks and has shot .584 from the field over 28.5 minutes in 790 games (593 starts)...Among all-time NBA players with at least 2,000 FGM, Tyson’s career .584 FG pct. is the best in NBA history...Entered 2013-14 season eighth among active players in offensive rebounds (2,497), 12th in total rebounds (7,168) and first in FG pct. (.584; 2,000 FGM minimum)...Has ranked among NBA Top 15 in rebounding six times (second in NBA with career-high 12.4 rpg in 2006-07; ninth with 9.9 rpg for Knicks in 2011-12)...Entered 2013-14 season with 21 career 20-plus rebound games (single-season high of five with Hornets in 2006-07; has had four with NYK, all in 2012-13)...Has averaged 10-plus rounds three times, and has averaged 10-plus points in each of last three seasons... Has ranked among NBA Top 25 in blocks six times...Has shot .600-plus from the field in five of last seven seasons and has ranked in NBA Top Two in FG pct. twice (second with .623 for Hornets in 2007-08; first with Knicks team record .679 in 2011-12)...League-leading .679 FG pct. in 2011-12 established a Knicks club record and was the third-best single- season FG pct. mark in NBA history...Has shot a blistering .628 (1,700-2,708) from the floor over the last seven seasons... Owns Pelicans/Hornets franchise marks for most rebounds in a season (928 in 2007-08) and a game (career-high 23 on Feb. 13, 2007 at Memphis; shares mark with Larry Johnson)...Led NBA in offensive rebounding in both 2006-07 (4.4) and 2007-08 (4.1)...Pelicans/Hornets’ career leader in FG pct. (.611 on 829-1,356), with single-season team record .624 in 2006-07...Has started each of his last 202 regular season games (last regular season game off the bench was on Apr. 14, 2010 for Bobcats vs. Bulls; 4 pts, 2 reb, 12 mins)...Has averaged 6.7 points and 8.1 rebounds in 70 career Playoff games (54 starts)...Member of gold medal-winning 2012 U.S. Olympic team...Quoting Tyson: “I’m the type of player that when you talk about me, it makes me a little uncomfortable. I try to go out and execute what my coach wants me to do and go out there and fight for my teammates. I’m always looking at and judging my performance by the way my coach and my teammates feel. For them to say the things they’ve been saying is very humbling, honestly.”

 

Career Transactions: Drafted out of high school by Clippers in first round (second overall behind Kwame Brown) in 2001 NBA Draft. Draft rights traded with Brian Skinner to Chicago for Elton Brand, Jun. 27, 2001. Traded to New Orleans/ Oklahoma City for P.J. Brown and J.R. Smith, Jul. 14, 2006. Traded to Charlotte for Emeka Okafor, Jul. 28, 2009. Traded to Dallas with Alexis Ajinca for Erick Dampier, Eduardo Najera, Matt Carroll and cash considerations, Jul. 13, 2010. Traded to New York in three-team trade (Washington) via sign-and-trade, Dec. 10 2011.

Among The All-Timers: Among all-time NBA players with at least 2,000 FGM, Tyson’s career .584 FG pct. is the best in NBA history...His League-leading .679 FG pct. in 2011-12 established a Knicks club record and was the third-best single-season FG pct. mark in NBA history...Smashed prior Knicks mark of .600 (240-400) by David Lee in 2006-07... Became only the second Knick to lead the NBA in FG pct., joining Kenny Sears, who led NBA in back-to-back seasons (.490 in 1958-59, .477 in 1959-60)...His .679 FG pct. was the third-highest single-season mark in NBA history (among qualifiers only), trailing only Hall of Famer Wilt Chamberlain, who recorded .727 (426-586) for the Lakers in 1972-73 and .683 (785-1,150) for the 76ers in 1966-67.

2012-13 (Knicks): NBA All-Star...NBA All-Defensive First Team...Authored his first career NBA All-Star season, persevering through a campaign pockmarked by late-season injury...Named to 2012-13 NBA All-Defensive First Team (third straight All-Defensive honor, first time on First Team)...Averaged 10.4 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.14 blocks and shot .638 (255-400) over 32.8 minutes in 66 games (all starts)...Recorded third career 10-points rebound season and averaged 10-points for third straight year...Shot .600-lus from the field for the fifth time in the last seven seasons, but fell just shy of qualifying for NBA Leader Board in FG pct. (led League in 2011-12 with Knicks record .679 from the field)... Season Highs: Points: 28* (Nov. 26 at Brooklyn); Assists: 5 (Jan. 30 vs. Orlando); Rebounds: 28* (Feb. 27 vs. Golden State)...Led Knicks in rebounds 44 times...Authored four 20-plus rebound games, including Knicks club record-tying three straight from Feb. 1-4...Had 25 games with at least five offensive rebounds...Led Knicks in scoring twice and notched five 20-plus scoring efforts...Recorded 1,000th career block vs. Nets, Dec. 19...Due to injury-shortened season, fell short of qualifying for NBA Leader Board in rebounding, blocks and FG pct....Hey Now, You’re An All-Star: Earned first career NBA All-Star designation; named by coaches to East squad...Scored seven points with eight rebounds in 17 bench minutes in loss to West in All-Star classic at Houston, Feb. 17...With Carmelo Anthony (26 points), became first pair of Knicks All-Star teammates since 2001 at Washington (Allan Houston, Latrell Sprewell)...20+ Skidoo: Authored four 20-plus rebound games and tied a Knicks club record with three consecutive 20-plus rebound games (Feb. 1-4)...On Feb. 1, hauled in 20 rebounds in win over Bucks...On Feb. 2, recorded second straight 20-rebound game in rout of Kings...On Feb. 4, hauled in 20 boards in win over Pistons, tying NYK mark of three straight 20-plus board games shared by Willis Reed (twice), Walt Bellamy (1965-66) and Johnny Green (1961-62)...Later in the season, on Feb. 27, hauled in a career-high 28 rebounds (10 offensive) and added 16 points to help offset Stephen Curry’s 54 points in win over Warriors. NBA season high for rebounds in a regulation (non-overtime) game...Injury Bug: Missed a total of 16 games due to injury (left knee/bulging disc) in season’s second half...On Mar. 13, suffered contusion, left knee in second-quarter collision with Corey Brewer at Denver, and missed next 10 games (Mar. 14-31)...Also hampered by strained neck during this period, and on Mar. 19, MRI of cervical spine revealed a small bulging disc...Missed 16 of the regular season’s final 20 games (Mar. 14-Apr. 17) due to knee/disc...In preseason, suffered bone bruise, left knee, in collision with Nets’ Gerald Wallace at Nassau Coliseum, Oct. 24, but did not miss regular season game action...Key Games: Scored a career-high 28 points (12-13 FGA) in season-high 45 minutes in OT loss at Brooklyn, Nov. 26. With 12-13 FGA, came within one FGM of setting Knicks club mark for most FGM in a game without a miss (11-11 FGA by Johnny Newman and Bernard King)...Key factor in win over Cavs, Dec. 15, with 23 points (9-10 FGA) and 10 rebounds. Scored 13 points in third quarter, 21 in second half...Ejected (double tech with Noah) in loss to Bulls, Dec. 21...Knicks’ only starter in double-figure scoring (12 points) in loss at Indiana, Jan. 10...Scored team-high 21 points (10-11 FGA) with five assists (one shy of career high) in win over Magic, Jan. 30.

In The Playoffs: Averaged team-high 7.3 rebounds in 2013 Playoffs, with 5.7 ppg, 1.17 bpg and .538 shooting (28-52) over 29.2 mpg (started all 12 games)...Had four double-figure rebound games and one double-double (12 pts, 10 reb in Game Four vs. Pacers)...Recorded 14 blocks in the 12 games...40 of his 88 total rebounds (45%) were off the offensive glass... Notched team-high 8.7 rpg with .542 FG pct. in first round win over Celtics...In series-clinching Game Six at Boston, scored nine points with series- and game-high 12 rebounds (nine offensive, three shy of Charles Oakley’s 1994 single-game club Playoff mark)...Averaged 6.2 points and 6.0 rebounds with .536 shooting over 29.8 minutes in East Semis vs. Pacers... Double-double in Game Four with Playoff high 12 points and series-high 10 rebounds (seven offensive).

Career Highlights: 2001-02 (Bulls): Made NBA debut at age 19...Among NBA rookies, finished sixth in rebounds (4.8) and fifth in blocks (1.31)...Dished off career-high six assists, adding 16 points and 15 rebounds, in win over Knicks at MSG, Apr. 11, 2002...Missed seven games due to injury, including sprained right ankle, mid-back strain and hyper-extended left pinky...2002-03 (Bulls): Played for Sophomore squad (4 pts, 6 reb, 17 mins) in win over Rookies in T-Mobile Rookie Challenge at Atlanta All-Star Weekend...Missed six games due to esophagitis...2003-04 (Bulls): Played in a career-low 35 games (eight starts) in injury-shortened season...Missed a total of 47 games, 43 due to low back pain...2004-05 (Bulls): Rebounded from injury-marred prior season to play in a career-high 80 games (10 starts) with 8.0 ppg, 9.7 rpg...Ranked 10th in NBA in rebounding (9.7), 13th in blocks (1.76)...Made NBA Playoff debut with 11.7 ppg and 9.7 rpg in six games off the bench in first-round loss to Wizards...2005-06 (Bulls): In fifth and final year in Chicago, ranked 15th in NBA in rebounding (9.0), 20th in blocks (1.32)...Notched NBA season-high 11 offensive rebounds (20 total) on Jan. 27 vs. Wizards...Missed three games with right ankle sprain...Came off the bench in all six games of first-round Playoff loss to Heat with 1.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg...2006-07 (Hornets): In first of three seasons as a Hornet, ranked second in NBA with career-high 12.4 rpg (second to Minnesota’s Kevin Garnett, 12.8)...Career-highs in rebounding (12.4, second in NBA) and blocks (1.77, 13th in NBA)...Led NBA with 4.4 offensive rpg...Established then-club mark with 904 total rebounds, would break own mark the following season...Shot .624 on 292-468 FGA, falling four FGM shy of qualifying for NBA leader board (would have led League in FG pct.)...Hauled in a franchise record-tying 23 rebounds (with franchise mark 12 offensive) on Feb. 13,

2007 at Memphis. Matched single-game Hornets rebound mark (Larry Johnson’s 23 vs. Wolves on Mar. 10, 1992)... Missed nine games due to injury (incl. season’s last seven games with sore left big toe)...2007-08 (Hornets): Scored a career-high 11.8 ppg and ranked third in NBA with 11.7 rpg, helping lift Hornets to 56-win season and Southwest Division crown...Shot .623 from the field (377-605) and ranked second in NBA in FG pct. (to Warriors’ Andris Biedrins, .626)... Hauled in career-high 928 total rebounds for Hornets single-season franchise record, breaking his own mark of 904 set the year before...Led NBA in offensive rebounding (4.1) for second straight year, and tied his own franchise mark with 12 offensive rebs on Dec. 17, 2007 at Portland...Set Hornets mark with 17 rebounds in one half (first) vs. Sonics, Jan. 16, 2008...Logged career-high 50 minutes vs. Mavericks, Dec. 1, 2007...Started all 12 Hornets’ post-season games vs. Mavs and Spurs with 8.0 ppg and 10.3 rpg...2008-09 (Hornets): In final season with Hornets, notched 8.8 ppg and 8.7 rpg in 45 games (all starts) in injury-shortened campaign...Dogged by foot, ankle and toe injuries throughout season (traded to Oklahoma City for Joe Smith, Chris Wilcox and DeVon Hardin on Feb. 17, 2009; trade voided when he failed physical due to turf toe injury)...Started four games in five-game first-round Playoff loss to Nuggets with 3.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg, still hampered by foot injury...2009-10 (Bobcats): In only season in Charlotte, helped lead Bobcats to first post-season berth in franchise history with 6.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg and .574 shooting in 51 games (27 starts) in second straight injury-riddled season...Missed 29 games due to injury: 22 with stress reaction, left foot; seven with soreness, left foot/ankle....Came off the bench in all four Playoff games in first-round loss to Magic with 3.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg.

2010-11 (Mavericks): NBA All-Defensive Second Team...Helped lift Mavericks to NBA Championship, earning NBA All- Defensive Second Team honors...Finished third in balloting for 2010-11 KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors, behind winner Dwight Howard of Orlando and runner-up Kevin Garnett of Boston...Averaged 10.1 points, 9.4 rebounds (10th in NBA), 1.08 blocks (26th in NBA) and shot .654 in 74 games (all starts)...Failed to qualify for leader board in FG pct. (fell 34 FGM short)...Missed eight games due to injury, including three in March with sprained right ankle and two in April with lower back contusion...Started all 21 Mavs’ Playoff games in Dallas’ drive to title with 8.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg and .582 shooting over 32.4 mpg...Hauled in a Playoff career-high 20 rebounds in Game Five of first round vs. Blazers (Apr. 25, 2011)...2011-12 (Knicks): KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year...NBA All-Defensive Second Team...All-NBA Third Team...Became first player in Knicks history to win KIA NBA Defensive Player of the Year honors...Also named to 2011-12 NBA All- Defensive Second Team and to 2011-12 All-NBA Third Team...Became only second Knick in franchise history to lead the NBA in field goal percentage (club record .679), joining Kenny Sears in 1958-59 and 1959-60...Over 62 games (all starts), averaged 11.3 points, 9.9 rebounds (ninth in NBA) and 1.44 blocks (19th)...Career-high .679 FG pct., the third- highest mark (among qualifiers) in NBA history...Recorded six 20-plus scoring games and team-high 20 double-doubles... Season-high 17 boards, three times...Missed two games in early March due to strained left hamstring. Rest-related DNP (CD) on Apr. 22 at Atlanta; did not dress (CD) in season finale at Charlotte, Apr. 26...Season-high 25 points at Washington, Feb. 8...In emotional return to Dallas, played in 700th career NBA game and received 2011 NBA Championship ring from Mavs in pregame ceremony, Mar. 6....Main force in OT Easter ABC win over Bulls, Apr. 8, with eight points and 16 rebounds (season-high 10 offensive). Saved Knicks’ final possession with two offensive rebounds in final seconds of OT, leading to Anthony’s game-winning three-point bomb with :08.2 left...Notched 6.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg and 1.40 bpg, shooting .440 in five- game first round Playoff loss to Heat.

U-S-A: Averaged 4.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and shot 14-20 FGA (.700) over 11.3 minutes for gold medal-winning U.S. squad in eight games (all starts) at 2012 London Olympics...Had 32 total rebounds, with half (16) off the offensive glass...Olympic highs eight points and nine rebounds in tourney opener vs. France, Jul. 29...Scored two points with one rebound in nine minutes in gold medal win over Spain, Aug. 12...Joined Knicks teammate Carmelo Anthony as 2012 Olympic gold medalists.

Community Corner: Very active in the community and has made several substantial anonymous donations to local causes that primarily focus on families dealing with unexpected tragedy, loss or poverty...Joined teammates to host 30 children from WHEDco (a Garden of Dreams partner organization) for a fun-filled holiday pizza party with cooking lessons from Chef Dino at Uncle Paul’s Pizza near Grand Central Terminal, Dec. 4, 2012...Joined Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and a galaxy of Knicks legends past and present - Walt Frazier, Larry Johnson, Allan Houston, Earl Monroe, John Starks, Baron Davis, Carmelo Anthony, Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd and Amar’e Stoudemire - in attending landmark “12-12-12” concert presented by Chase for the benefit of the Robin Hood Relief Fund and victims of Hurricane Sandy, Dec. 12, 2012...Joined the rest of his teammates along with the Knicks coaching staff, alumni and a galaxy of A-list celebrities at the 14th annual Knicks Bowl presented by Unilever at Chelsea Piers, Feb. 11, 2013, the gala, star-studded event that has raised over $2.2 million for the Garden of Dreams Foundation...Starred in TV PSA in early 2013 on behalf of NBA Cares and WildAid, raising awareness for the problem of wildlife poaching in Africa...Received honorable mention among The Sporting News “Good Guys in Sports” in 2003...Joined teammates to host a clinic for 100 children to celebrate NBA FIT Live Healthy Week in conjunction with Garden of Dreams Foundation, Jan. 30, 2012 at MSG Training Center...Active in the past with Special Olympics and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure...In November 2008 in New Orleans, helped launch the FITSchools program, which promotes healthy lifestyles among youth.

Personal: Tyson Cleotis Chandler...Tyson and wife Kimberly have three children, Sacha, Tyson Cleotis II and Sayge....Eye for trendy fashion was subject of GQ feature “The Slickest Seven-Footer in the Game” by Mark Anthony Green in spring 2013...As a senior at Dominguez High School in Compton, Calif., was named to the Parade Magazine All-American First Team and USA Today All-USA Second Team, as well as USA Today California Player of the Year...Averaged 26 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks as a senior, leading Dons to a 31-4 record and third straight CIF Division II State Championship... In summer 2010, won a gold medal while representing Team USA in the FIBA World Championships in Istanbul, averaging 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and shooting .643 in nine games...Averaged 2.1 points and 3.6 rebounds over 8.6 minutes for Team USA at 2007 FIBA Americas Men’s Championship, helping the team win gold medal and secure a berth at 2008 Olympics. 

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Height: 7'1''/ 2.16m
Weight: 240 lbs./ 108.9 kg
Born: October 02, 1982
From: Dominquez H.S
Draft: 1st Round (2nd pick) 2001 NBA Draft
NBA Debut: 2001
Years Pro: 13
Previous Teams:
  New York Knicks 2011 - 2013
  Dallas Mavericks 2011 - 2011
  Charlotte Bobcats 2010 - 2010
  Dallas Mavericks 2010 - 2010
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Prior to NBA/Country: Dominguez HS (CA)/USA

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