Evaluating the Tyson Chandler-Emeka Okafor Trade After 20-Plus Games

December 19th, 2009 by Paul Augustin Leave a reply »
When the Tyson Chandler-for-Emeka Okafor trade was completed last year, most basketball analysts proclaimed that the trade was a wash.

Not so for the fans.

There were fans of both teams who did not like the trade.

I read numerous comments from Bobcat fans that essentially said that their owner was dumping their best players to make the team more attractive for an anticipated future sale.

In blogs all over the Internet, Hornets' fans criticized the move as being strictly done for salary cap purposes.

Most thought that the Hornets' interior defense would be significantly weaker.

In an article that I wrote in July, Good Move Mr. Bower: The Bees Are Better With Okafor, I concluded that clearly from a player, franchise, and financial perspective the Hornets came out ahead.

Now that nearly a third of the season has passed, this is the first appropriate opportunity to see who is right so far: the fans, the professional analysts, or your humble BleacherReport.com Featured Columnist.

I am going to compare Okafor and Chandler in four categories: durability, offense, defense, and everything else.
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