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. 


3/5/09

30 Point Club
Carmelo Anthony
- 38 Points
Chairman of the Boards (12+ Rebounds)
Joel Pryzbilla
- 12 Boards
March of Dimes (10+ Assists)
Chris Paul
- 15 Dimes

Thieves & Swatters (5+ Steals or Blocks)
None
Double-Double Trouble
Chris Paul
- 27 Points, 15 Assists
David West - 19 Points, 10 Rebounds
Tyson Chandler - 10 Points, 11 Rebounds

Messed Around and Got a Triple Double
None


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