Chandler working on low-post skills, shooting

Friday, October 3, 2008
By: Jim Eichenhofer, Hornets.com

Tyson Chandler is one of the NBA’s premier rebounders, finishing No. 3 individually on the boards in 2007-08. He’s also an effective defensive player, using his 7-foot-1 frame to block and alter shots.

In a recent Hornets Insider chat, Chandler acknowledged that the next step for him is to increase his offensive production. He averaged 11.8 points during the regular season in 2007-08, the first time he’s reached double figures in his career, but he is focused on expanding his repertoire beyond a steady diet of alley-oop dunks, tip-ins and other opportunistic scoring plays.

With that in mind, he took a minimum of 500 jump shots per day during the offseason. He has also adjusted his shooting form, moving his release further in front of his body. Previously, his deliberate motion forced him to unload the shot from behind his head.

“It was taking me too long to release the ball and I wasn’t able to play like a seven-footer,” Chandler explained of why he made the adjustment. “A lot of times guards were able to challenge my shot, (especially) from behind me. That was one of the things I wanted to correct.

“I’ve been working on it a lot, getting to where I feel comfortable in my shot. Last season a lot of teams were sagging off of me and playing off me, and I couldn’t make them pay. So that was one of the things I wanted to work on, to be able to make that short jump shot.”