Tyson Chandler Could Set New York Knicks Record: A Fan’s Take

Tyson Chandler is putting up numbers during the 2011-12 NBA season that could find him a place in the record books of the New York Knicks. In the history of the franchise, there have been only five players who finished a season averaging 56.6 percent or better in field goal percentage. That is over an entire season by full-time players, and it certainly brings up some names from the past.

Coming into the Tuesday night game (Feb. 14) against the Toronto Raptors, Chandler has gone 109-for-157 from the field for a remarkable 69.4 shooting percentage. It is an amazing number that has him way ahead of the field. In fact, the closest player in the NBA this season is Tiago Splitter of the San Antonio Spurs with a 62.7 percent mark. It is interesting to note that Steve Nash is No. 4 at 56.2 percent, Dwight Howard is at No. 5 with 55 percent and LeBron James is No. 6 with 54.7 percent.

If Chandler keeps up his current pace, he is going to set a new Knicks record. Below are the top five guys currently leading that list for New York.

New York Knicks Field Goal Percentage Leaders (Season)

David Lee

In the 2006-07 NBA season, Lee made 60 percent of his shots from the field. Lee finished his time with the Knicks as the career-leader in field goal percentage at 57.5.

Eddy Curry

Also during the 2006-07 season, Curry connected on 57.6 percent of his shots. Curry is actually second in the history of the franchise with a 56.5 percent mark from the field.

Bernard King

One of the best scoring machines in the history of the franchise, King hit a high-water mark of 57.2 percent during the 1983-84 season. He would finish his time in New York with a 54.3 field goal percentage.

Patrick Ewing

Ewing is considered one of the best players to ever put on a Knicks uniform and the best season for the center came in 1988-89 when he completed 56.7 percent of his from the field.

Anthony Mason

During one of his great seasons as the sixth man for the Knicks (1995-95), Mason finished the season with a 56.6 percent mark from the field. He was always good from the field though, finishing with a 52.8 field goal percentage during his time with the Knicks.

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*Ryan Christopher DeVault is a fan of the New York Knicks that has followed the team since the days John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Anthony Mason instilled their defensive will on the rest of the league.

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Updated Tuesday, Feb 14, 2012