Bobcats Send Okafor to Hornets for Chandler

Jul 28, 2009
ESPN is reporting that the Charlotte Bobcats have agreed to send PF/C Emeka Okafor to the New Orleans Hornets for C Tyson Chandler.  This is a far cry from the garbage (Joe Smith and Chris Wilcox) that the Hornets would have received for him in February had Chandler not failed his physical.

Okafor has many of Chandler’s qualities, only he is more of a force on the offense.  He’s a great rebounder, shot blocker, shoots great from the floor, and poorly from the line.  He also has had some injury history.  Here’s a look at their numbers from last year and for their careers.

Okafor:

2008 - 13.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 0.6 apg, 1.66 bpg, 0.59 spg, 56.1 FG%, 59.3 FT% 
Career – 14.0 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.88 bpg, 0.76 spg, 50.6 FG%, 59.6 FT%

Chandler:
2008 – 8.8 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.24 bpg, 0.33 spg, 56.5 FG%, 57.9 FT%
Career – 8.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.9 apg, 1.41 bpg, 0.54 spg, 55.6 FG%, 59.9 FT%

Okafor’s fantasy value should increase slightly because he is joining forces with Chris Paul, the best Point Guard in the game.  David West is a big factor on the offensive end, which keeps Okafor’s stock from rising dramatically.  West’s fantasy value takes a slight hit because of Okafor’s arrival since Chandler basically worked on scraps he picked up with Offensive Rebounds or out on the break.  Okafor will have more plays run through him than Chandler did.  There should be plenty of goodies for both West and Okafor though.  Chandler’s value takes a slight hit. 

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3 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Randy Nichols
    July 28th, 2009 at 3:38 pm #

    Nice site. There

  2. Larry
    July 28th, 2009 at 3:48 pm #

    5 years ago some said Orlando was the dumbest organization in the History of Sports by taking Dwight Howard over Okafor.
    My, have things changed

  3. LestersLegends
    July 28th, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    no doubt larry

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