Such has been Chandler’s impact, especially at the defensive end and most recently displayed in Saturday night’s fourth-quarter comeback at Sacramento, that guys like Nowitzki and Mavs owner Mark Cuban can’t stop talking up the 7-footer. Chandler might only be averaging a modest 8.9 points and 9.3 rebounds in 26.6 minutes, but the level of energy and emotion he has infused this team with have become huge triggers for a team that’s started 16-4.
So why argue with Dirk? Everyone knows he’ll be the team’s MVP by season’s end anyway. No harm letting Chandler have some first-quarter glory given how well he’s played so far.
For more on Chandler and the leadership role he’s taken in Dallas after a successful stint last summer with Team USA, click to the latest Weekend Dime.