Player Focus: Tyson Chandler
In his 7th year in the NBA, Tyson Chandler seems to finally be on the verge of fulfilling his potential (and people's expectations). For the first time, he's averaging double digit points, in addition to double digit rebounds (12.2 ppg & 12.3 rpg). His fouls per game have also improved, to 2.89 (previous 3 seasons it's been 3.3, 3.8 & 3.4 fpg), which helps to keep him in the game & defending. Obviously the change in environment has done him good. Playing under fellow previous L.A.-high-school star Byron Scott, and alongside players like Chris Paul have transformed him into a multi-dimensional contributor.
Collectors have definitely taken notice. Chandler's two most popular Auto rookies, his 01-02 SPx Auto/Jsy #'d 250 (x 3 versions) & SP Authentic Auto #'d 1525, have been increasing in value every month this season. His SPx RC averaged $13.26 in November, $16.89 in December and $30.83 (a little too inflated) in January. His SPA RC averaged $8.33 in November, $10.38 in December and $12 in January. His premium 01-02 Ultimate Collecton Auto RC #'d 250 has been a hot seller recently, averaging $50.58 in January.
The Hornets have a bright future, and Chandler's key rookies have room to grow.