Tyson Cleotis Chandler (born October 2, 1982) is an American professional basketball center for the Dallas Mavericks of the NBA. He was also a member of the United States men's national basketball team.
Chandler attended Dominguez High School in Compton. He earned accolades from Parade Magazine and USA Today, and was selected to the McDonald's High School All-America Team. As a 6'11" freshman, he was profiled on current affairs TV program 60 Minutes. Chandler led Dominguez to a state championship before declaring as an early entry candidate in the 2001 NBA Draft.
Tyson Chandler was selected 2nd overall by the Los Angeles Clippers, who immediately traded his rights to the Chicago Bulls for former NBA Rookie of the Year Award recipient Elton Brand. The Bulls intended to pair Chandler with fellow high school phenomenon Eddy Curry in the front court. However, while both players had stretches of success during their time with the Bulls, they rarely coincided. In Chandler's case, back problems were a recurring issue throughout his career, particularly during the 2003–04 season. During the early part of his career, Chandler feuded with Brendan Haywood of the Washington Wizards and Amar'e Stoudemire of the Phoenix Suns. Later, although the feuds became less frequent, Chandler struggled with foul trouble, which limited his playing time.