Excellent piece by Sebastian Pruiti over at Grantland breaking down the Lamar Odom and Tyson Chandler trades. For our purposes I’m going to, zero in on one aspect of his article:
As great as Chandler is, he will definitely have his work cut out for him in New York. This season, not only does he have to cover Stoudemire’s back — a role similar to the one he played with Dallas and Dirk last year — but Chandler also has to help a second defense-averse superstar in Anthony.
Read the whole article, which does a great job detailing what Chandler can bring to the Knicks defensively. However, based on the above quite, it seems that the Carmelo Anthony, rather than Chandler, will be the one to determine how much the Knicks’ defense will improve. Melo has shown an ability to defend when he wants to, more so than Amar’e. If Melo can stay committed on the defensive end, this will make Chandler even more effective on defense, since he won’t have to try to be in two places at once, covering for both Melo and Amar’e.
(Hat tip to Posting & Toasting for the link.)