Phoenix Suns rumors address how Tyson Chandler has to be a leader this season. These Suns rumors also hypothesize about whether Chandler has enough leadership skills to make the team a contender in the 2015-16 NBA season. A report from CBS Sports on Sunday (August 30) says Chandler will be expected to “set the tone and provide an environment of accountability.” That’s a big “ask” of the veteran center, but he could certainly lead by example.
Tyson Chandler agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with the Suns this past offseason. He left the Dallas Mavericks when Mark Cuban seemed more interested in DeAndre Jordan and hasn’t looked back since. The Suns opened up the checkbook to ensure that he would be happy in a new city and he has said all the right things in every press conference. Things are certainly lining up exactly like the front office in Phoenix had hoped.
There have been a number of interesting Phoenix Suns rumors during the NBA offseason, including chatter about the team possibly trading Eric Bledsoe. The team has some good pieces on the active roster, including Chandler, Bledsoe, Brandon Knight, Markieff Morris, Alex Len, and T.J. Warren. While it isn’t a roster that will have NBA analysts picking them to win a title, it certainly looks good enough to make the 2016 NBA Playoffs.
Suns coach Jeff Hornacek also spoke about how having Chandler as a leader on the team will make it much easier for other players on the roster to find a rhythm.
“I think the guys are relishing, ‘hey we got a guy that we can follow, that can lead’. A lot of these guys are worried about themselves right now. They’re new to playing. Now they can just relax on that part and follow somebody. Just because we have Tyson as a leader, we still want these other guys to step up their leadership ability too. We don’t want to lay it all on him. He’s gonna be the main one, but everybody could step it up a little bit and it would help.”
Tyson Chandler is someone who could easily average around 13 points and 12 rebounds per game, something that will definitely help out the Suns for the next few seasons. If he can block one or two shots a night as well, then these Phoenix Suns rumors about his leadership will likely play out very well. Other players will see the hard work he is putting in on each end of the court and start putting forth that same effort.
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