The New York Knicks' offense often comes down to long-range bombs behind the three-point line or a Tyson Chandler dunk. And the two are, of course, interrelated. The ball is spread around, with players spaced out nicely around the court, which leaves the inside open if a good look at a three isn't available. Raymond Felton or Jason Kidd also have room to drive the lane, either setting up a layup or floater for himself or a dunk for Chandler. All of that is leaving Chandler with one of the great field-goal percentages in NBA history, which presently stands at 70.9%.
Where does his present season fall on the all-time single-season list? Here are the top five seasons, with Chandler's name already on it. Wilt Chamberlain is No. 1, with a 72.70% mark in his final NBA season, 1972-'73, with the Los Angeles Lakers. He's also second, having a 68.26 field-goal percentage in 1966-'67, while playing for the Philadelphia 76ers. Chandler's 2011-'12 season is third, when he shot 67.89% in his debut Knick season. Chicago Bulls center Artis Gilmore ranks fourth and fifth (67.03% in 1980-'81 and 65.23% in 1981-'82). So Chandler's 2012-'13 mark would place second if he keeps up his present pace.
Chandler had another typical week for himself, with 18 points on 8-for-10 shooting and 17 rebounds in the win over the Charlotte Bobcats, 13 points (4-for-7) and nine rebounds in the romp over the Miami Heat, 14 points (4-for-8) and 18 boards in the loss to the Bulls and 15 points (7-for-8) and 12 rebounds in the come-from-behind win over the Denver Nuggets.
Besides being an emotional leader of the team, the Knick center is in the upper echelon of defenders, averaging 10 rebounds per game this year and 0.8 blocked shots, but he's being utilized more on offense this season, and his scoring average is up to a career-high 12.8 points per game, as he's meshed perfectly with Felton and Kidd, on pick-and-rolls and alley-oops. Sure, all of his shots come from about three inches from the rim, which gives him a ridiculous field-goal percentage, but his role along with the outside shooting and penetration of his teammates all fit seamlessly together.