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Old 28-02-2007, 11:14 AM
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Warning! Wallace/Chandler tirade coming.


I'm a Bulls fan. I was most displeased last year when Ben Wallace was signed and Tyson Chandler was traded to New Orleans for PJ Brown and JR Smith (now getting 15 per game for Denver). After reading something on ESPN.com the other day I did my periodic stats check on the two lads this morning and I have moved from most displeased to ragingly furious, and it will be even worse next season.

Tyson Chandler's numbers for February:
Rebounds: 18, 12, 13, 16, 22, 16, 23, 15, 20, 12, 19 (16.9 per)
Points: 16, 11, 9, 10, 11, 15, 17, 10, 16, 10, 15 (12.7 per)

For those of us keeping count, that's 10 double-doubles out of 11 and 5 games with 18 or more rebounds.

Ben Wallace in February:
Rebounds: 2, 12, 11, 13, 17, 10, 13, 9, 14, 19, 12, 8, 8 (11.4 per)
Points: 0, 0, 7, 6, 9, 5, 5, 3, 4, 14, 8, 6, 3 (5.4 per)

1 double-double and 1 game with 18 or more rebounds.

Chandler: 12.4 rebs, 8.4 pts, 1.7 blocks, 0.9 assists.
Wallace: 10.4 rebs, 6.2 pts, 2.2 blocks, 2.2 assists.

Yes, stats only tell part of the story. There's also the fact that Chandler is 8 years younger than Wallace and earns between two thirds and three quarters of the money Wallace is on. By the way, Wallace is getting slower as he gets older (shock!) and he just isn't as good a defender anymore. He's still very good, but he's not the brick wall he used to be, and Chandler, one of the best young defenders in the game, will likely catch up to Wallace by the end of next year, when Wallace will be 33 and Chandler 25.

Wallace is signed for 4 years. I may cry.
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