With the 2015-16 season concluded, Suns.com takes a look at each individual player heading into the summer. We’ll include a look back at some of his best highlights, his season in general, and what could lie in store heading into next year. A new player review will be revealed each weekday in alphabetical order. The player names listed below will become clickable links as each one’s review is published.
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Bio: 7-1, 240 pounds, 33 years old
2015-16 Stats: 7.2 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 58.3 FG%
Offseason Status: Under contract with Phoenix
Season in Review: No one was affected more by the injuries to Suns point guards than Tyson Chandler. A big man who thrives on pick-and-roll action and alley-oop finishes, the veteran big man found himself receiving passes from different playmakers all season long.
Despite the state of flux in the backcourt, Chandler managed to settle into the Suns' offense as the season wore on. From Feb. 1 through the end of the season, he put up a near-double-double (9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds in just 26.1 minutes per game) while shooting 67.5 percent from the field. His season also featured back-to-back 20-rebound games, including a franchise record-tying 27 boards against Atlanta on Jan. 23.
The Next Step
As soon as the season was over, Chandler was talking about summertime plans with teammates well before involuntary workouts in September, including a team minicamp to be held at his California home.
As for himself, Chandler is no doubt eager to get off to a quicker start in 2016-17. Acclimation to a new team and an early hamstring injury slowed the immediate impact he had hoped to make. His numbers improved nearly across the board as the season progressed, however, and he'll have another offseason and training camp with which to get on the same page with the main playmakers.
The biggest sign of optimism in this regard: from November through January, Chandler converted 70 percent of his alley-oop attempts. From February through the end of the season, that number jumped up to 89.8 percent.