The Atlanta Hawks are an American professional basketball team based in Atlanta, Georgia. The Hawks compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the league's Eastern Conference Southeast Division; the team plays its home games at State Farm Arena. The team's origins can be traced to the establishment of the Buffalo Bisons in 1946 in Buffalo, New York, a member of the National Basketball League owned by Ben Kerner and Leo Ferris. After 38 days in Buffalo, the team moved to Moline, where they were renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks. In 1949, they joined the NBA as part of the merger between the NBL and the Basketball Association of America, had Red Auerbach as coach. In 1951, Kerner moved the team to Milwaukee. Kerner and the team moved again in 1955 to St. Louis, where they won their only NBA Championship in 1958 and qualified to play in the NBA Finals in 1957, 1960 and 1961; the Hawks played the Boston Celtics in all four of their trips to the NBA Finals. The St. Louis Hawks moved to Atlanta in 1968, when Kerner sold the franchise to Thomas Cousins and former Georgia Governor Carl Sanders.
The Hawks own the second-longest drought of not winning an NBA championship at 60 seasons. The franchise's lone NBA championship, as well as all four NBA Finals appearances, occurred when the team was based in St. Louis. Meanwhile, they went 48 years without advancing past the second round of the playoffs in any format, until breaking through in 2015. However, the Hawks are one of only four NBA teams that have qualified to play in the NBA playoffs in 10 consecutive seasons in the 21st century, they achieved this feat between 2008 and 2017. The other teams that have made it to at least 10 consecutive playoff appearances in the 21st century are the San Antonio Spurs, Denver Nuggets, Dallas Mavericks; the origins of the Atlanta Hawks can be traced to the Buffalo Bisons franchise, founded in 1946. The Bisons were a member of the National Basketball League, played their games at the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium; the club was coached by Nat Hickey. Their first game – a 50–39 victory over the Syracuse Nationals – was played on November 8, 1946.
On the team was William "Pop" Gates, along with William "Dolly" King, was one of the first two African-American players in the NBL. The team, which needed to draw 3,600 fans per game to break struggled to draw 1,000 fans per game to the Auditorium; the franchise lasted only 38 days in Buffalo when, on December 25, 1946, Leo Ferris, the team's general manager, announced that the team would be moving to Moline, which at that time was part of an area known as the "Tri-Cities": Moline, Rock Island and Davenport, Iowa. Upon relocation to Moline, the team was renamed the Tri-Cities Blackhawks, played their home games at Wharton Field House, a 6,000-seat arena in Moline; the team featured guard/forward and coach Deanglo King, was owned by Leo Ferris and Ben Kerner. Pop Gates remained on the Blackhawks roster, finished second on the team in scoring behind future 1948 NBL MVP Don Otten. A Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member, Gates helped to integrate the league and become the first African-American coach in a major sports league, coaching Dayton in 1948.
In 1949 the Blackhawks became one of the National Basketball Association's 17 original teams after a merger of the 12-year-old NBL and the three-year-old Basketball Association of America. They reached the playoffs in the NBA's inaugural year under the leadership of coach Red Auerbach; the following season, they drafted three-time All-American Bob Cousy, but they were unable to reach a deal and traded him to the Chicago Stags. The Blackhawks missed the playoffs. By it was obvious that the Tri-Cities area was too small to support an NBA team. After the season, the franchise relocated to Milwaukee and became the Milwaukee Hawks. In 1954, the Hawks drafted Bob Pettit, a future NBA MVP. Despite this, the Hawks were one of the league's worst teams, in 1955 the Hawks moved, this time to St. Louis, Milwaukee's rival in the beer industry, became the St. Louis Hawks. In 1956, the St. Louis Hawks drafted legendary Bill Russell in the first round, they traded Russell to the Boston Celtics for Cliff Hagan and Ed Macauley, both Hall of Fame members.
In 1957, the Hawks finished four games under.500. However, the Western Division was weak that year, they won the division title and a bye to the division finals after defeating the Minneapolis Lakers and Fort Wayne Pistons in one-game tiebreakers. They defeated the Lakers in the division finals to advance to the Finals, losing to the Boston Celtics in a double-overtime thriller in game seven. In 1958, after tallying their first winning record, they again advanced to the Finals, where they avenged their defeat against the Celtics from the previous year, winning the series 4–2 and giving the Hawks their first and only NBA Championship. Bob Pettit scored 50 points in the final game of the series; the Hawks remained one of the NBA's premier teams for the next decade. In 1960, under coach Ed Macauley, the team advanced to the Finals, but lost to the Celtics in another game seven thriller; the following year, with the acquisition of rookie Lenny Wilkens, the Hawks repeated their success, but met the Celtics in the Finals again and lost in five games.
They would remain contenders for most of the 1960s, advancing deep into the playoffs a
Kyrylo Fesenko is a Ukrainian professional basketball player. Standing at 2.16 m, he plays the center position. He has a 7' 4" wingspan and 9' 4" standing reach. Born in Dnipropetrovsk, Fesenko began his basketball career in the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague, first with the second division team of BC Azovmash in 2003 to its first division from 2004 to 2006, he played for the Cherkaski Mavpy for a season. After playing four seasons in native Ukraine, Fesenko was selected 38th overall in the second round of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and traded to the Utah Jazz, signing a three-year contract with the Jazz on August 15, 2007. In 2010, he turned down a multiyear deal with the Houston Rockets and re-signed with the Jazz for 1 year, he became an unrestricted free agent in 2011. He spent most of his rookie season with the NBA Development League Utah Flash. On November 30, 2007, Fesenko made his NBA debut against the Los Angeles Lakers, he was recalled from the Utah Flash due to the absence of Mehmet Okur.
Fesenko had 7 rebounds and managed 1 assist. Fesenko spent part of the 2011-12 NBA season with the Indiana Pacers. In October 2012, he joined the Chicago Bulls; that month he was waived. In January 2013, Fesenko signed with BC Donetsk. In November 2013, he signed with Śląsk Wrocław, he left Wrocław before appearing in a game for them. In January 2014, Fesenko was acquired by the Delaware 87ers. On March 8, 2014, he was traded to the Canton Charge. On September 18, 2014, Fesenko signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves. However, he was waived by the Timberwolves on October 20, 2014. On November 5, 2014, Fesenko signed with the VTB United League and EuroChallenge team Avtodor Saratov. On June 9, 2015, Fesenko signed a one-year contract with Lokomotiv Kuban. On January 5, 2016, he parted ways with Lokomotiv, the following day he was hired until the end of the season by Pallacanestro Cantù. On May 6, 2016, he left Cantù and signed with AS Monaco Basket for the rest of the 2015–16 LNB Pro A season. On August 16, 2016, Fesenko signed with Italian club Sidigas Avellino for the 2016–17 season.
On July 30, 2017, he re-signed with Avellino for one more season. National Basketball Association portal List of European basketball players in the United States Career statistics and player information from NBA.com, or Basketball-Reference.com Kyrylo Fesenko at fiba.com
Keith Van Horn
Keith Adam Van Horn is an American retired professional basketball player. The 6 ft 10 in, 240 pounds forward graduated from Diamond Bar High School in Diamond Bar and attended the University of Utah where he went on to be a consensus First Team All-American in 1997. Van Horn finished his career at Utah as the school and Western Athletic Conference male all-time leading scorer and holds numerous other school records, he led Utah to three NCAA Division I top 25 finishes, including their highest ranking in school history. He received. Van Horn was selected with the second pick of the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers and was traded to the New Jersey Nets on a draft night trade. Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002, leading the Nets in scoring in the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons where he averaged over 20 points per game and ranked fifth in the NBA in scoring in the 1999 season, he was a major contributor to the 2001–02 Nets team, leading the team in rebounding and placing second on the team in scoring.
During his NBA career, Van Horn played for the Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks and Dallas Mavericks. Van Horn retired from the NBA in 2008 and averaged 16.0 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game during his nine-year NBA career. Van Horn was a recruited forward out of Diamond Bar High School in California. Rick Majerus recruited him to the University of Utah Utes to replace departing star Josh Grant, he played for Utah from 1993 to 1997 and received numerous All American awards during his career at Utah. In Van Horn's first season, he averaged a Utah-freshman record 18.3 points on 51 percent shooting and 8.3 rebounds per game though his father died during the freshman year. As a sophomore, Van Horn led his team to the NCAA Tournament, he is well known for his last second heroics, making back to back game winning shots against SMU and New Mexico in the 1997 WAC Conference Tournament. In 1997, he shot 90.4 percent from the free throw line and averaged 22.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game to lead the Utes to a 29–4 finish and #2 national ranking, the highest in school history.
This led to advancing to the NCAA Tournament's Elite Eight. As a senior, he was a consensus first team All American selection as a senior and was named ESPN Men's College Player of the Year in 1997. Among his collegiate accomplishments is being the first player in WAC history to be named Player of the Year three times, being the second player in WAC history to make first team all-WAC four years in a row and being the all-time leading scorer in University of Utah and WAC history with 2,542 points. Van Horn is the University of Utah career leader in points, defensive rebounds, three-point field goals made, free throw percentage and is second in total rebounds, he averaged 8.8 rebounds in his collegiate career. His #44 basketball jersey was retired by the University of Utah in 1998. In February 2008, he was among 16 players named to the University of Utah's "All-Century" basketball team. Van Horn was inducted to Utah's Crimson Club Hall of Fame in 2012. Van Horn was drafted as the second overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft by the Philadelphia 76ers.
Van Horn played for the Nets from 1997 to 2002. He was named to NBA All-Rookie First Team in his first season, averaging a team leading 19.7 points and 6.5 rebounds and leading the Nets to the 1998 NBA Playoffs, where they were swept in three games by the Chicago Bulls. His best season as came in 1999, where he averaged a team-leading 21.8 points per game as well as 8.5 rebounds per game. He was an important part of the 2001–02 Nets team that won the Eastern Conference Finals, leading the team in rebounding and placing second in scoring, but was swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2002 NBA Finals, he hit the game-winning three-point shot against the Boston Celtics in game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals to send the Nets to the NBA Finals. He ranks in the Nets' top ten in several statistical categories including points, field goals made, three-point field goals made and attempted, offensive and defensive rebounds. On August 6, 2002, Van Horn was traded to his original team, the Philadelphia 76ers, along with Todd MacCulloch for center Dikembe Mutombo.
He spent one year with the 76ers placing second on the team in scoring and rebounding while the 76ers made the second round of the NBA playoffs. After spending the year with the 76ers he was traded to the New York Knicks in a four team deal that included the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves, his stint with the Knicks, although productive, was short. In order to make salary cap room for the signing of free-agent-to-be Michael Redd in the coming off-season, on February 24, 2005, the Bucks traded Van Horn to the Dallas Mavericks for the expiring contracts of Alan Henderson, Calvin Booth and cash, he spent nearly two seasons with the Mavericks playing a key sixth man role and helping the Mavericks win the Western Conference Finals before losing in the NBA Finals to the Miami Heat. Following the 2005 -- 06 season, he took a year off. On February 19, 2008, Van Horn signed a three-year deal with the Mavericks in order to help complete a blockbuster trade that sent Jason Kidd from t
Nazr Tahiru Mohammed is an American retired professional basketball player who had a journeyman career in the National Basketball Association, playing for eight different teams in 18 seasons. He played college basketball for Kentucky; the son of an immigrant from Ghana, Mohammed was raised in Chicago and attended high school at Kenwood Academy, graduating in 1995. Mohammed entered the University of Kentucky in the fall of 1995 at a hefty 315 pounds, saw little playing time during their NCAA Championship season. After slimming down for his sophomore year, Mohammed shared the starting center spot with Jamaal Magloire and was a key contributor in 1997, when the Wildcats were runners-up to Arizona. Mohammed once again shared the starting post position with Magloire in 1998, once again they brought the NCAA Championship home to Kentucky, for the second time in three years. After his junior year, Mohammed decided to enter the 1998 NBA draft, he was selected by the Utah Jazz in the first round. Utah traded his rights to the Philadelphia 76ers for a future first round pick, which turned out to be Quincy Lewis in the 1999 NBA draft.
He spent two and a half seasons in Philadelphia before being traded in February 2001 to the Atlanta Hawks along with an injured Theo Ratliff in exchange for Hall of Fame center Dikembe Mutombo. On November 5, 2001, he scored a career-high 30 points against the Los Angeles Clippers, he played for the Hawks through the middle of the 2003–04 season, at which point he was traded to the New York Knicks for Michael Doleac. Mohammed spent half of the 2004–05 season with the Knicks, he played for the second half of the 2004-05 NBA season. In a combined 77 games for both teams, he averaged 7.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game. He won his only championship in 2005 with the Spurs as a member of their starting lineup. During his second season in San Antonio, Mohammed shared the starting center position with Rasho Nesterović, averaging 6.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game during the regular season. On March 17, 2006, he tied his career-high of 30 points against the Phoenix Suns, he was a key contributor to the team's first round series victory over the Sacramento Kings, averaging 7.0 points per game and nailing his second career three-point basket late in Game 1.
Mohammed, played sparingly in the team's second round series loss to the Dallas Mavericks. After the season, he did not return to the Spurs. In July 2006, he signed with the Detroit Pistons and became their starting center. After beginning the season in the starting five, the arrival of Chris Webber on January 16, 2007 made him fall out of the team's rotation, the culmination being his 5 minutes in two postseason contests, he averaged 4.5 rebounds in 51 games, with about 15 minutes of action per game. Mohammed was traded from the Pistons to the Charlotte Bobcats on December 14, 2007, in exchange for Primož Brezec and Walter Herrmann. On February 24, 2011, Mohammed was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while forward D. J. White and guard Morris Peterson were sent to the Charlotte Bobcats, he reached the 2012 NBA Finals with the Thunder, but the team lost to the Miami Heat 4 games to 1. On July 27, 2012, Mohammed signed with the Chicago Bulls. On May 10, 2013, he was involved in an altercation with LeBron James in the 2013 NBA Playoffs, in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
James was called for a technical foul for tying up with Mohammed in transition. On July 11, 2013, Mohammed re-signed with the Bulls. On September 22, 2014, he again re-signed with the Bulls. On August 1, 2015, Mohammed played for Team Africa at the 2015 NBA Africa exhibition game. On October 9, 2015, he retired from the NBA. In March 2016, Mohammed came out of retirement in order to return to the NBA. On March 5, he signed with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Four days he made his season debut in a 120–108 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Mohammed is a practicing Muslim, he had lost nearly ten pounds during 2004–05 season because of his fasting. Mohammed and his wife, have two daughters and Sanaa, a son, Nasir, he created The Nazr Mohammed Foundation, committed to being a charitable member of the global community by supporting a multitude of worthy causes through personal donations, camps and scholarships and in August 2012, his foundation hosted the Kenwood Academy Capital Improvements Fundraiser. Mohammed studied Business Management at Kentucky.
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Kenyon Lee Martin is an American retired professional basketball player who played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He played for the New Jersey Nets, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA, the Xinjiang Flying Tigers of China; the 6'9" power forward played college basketball for Cincinnati before being drafted with the first overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Kenyon would join Trilogy of the BIG3 Basketball League. Martin was born in Saginaw, Michigan on December 30, 1977 to a single mother of two, he has a sister, 3 1/2 years older. Shortly after, the family moved south to the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas, where she worked two jobs. Kenyon was watched by his sister while their mother worked, he stuttered as a child, attended three high schools in four years, but he sought refuge in sports, playing basketball and football. In high school, many major universities showed interest in his basketball prowess, but the University of Cincinnati and assistant coach John Loyer recruited him hardest after seeing him play AAU ball after his junior year.
He graduated from Bryan Adams High School in Dallas in 1996. He went to the University of Cincinnati and played for the Cincinnati Bearcats under the direction of head coach Bob Huggins, he was homesick early in his freshman year and took a bus back home to Dallas. But his mother, as well as his older sister, who by were working two jobs and attending college, steered him to return to finish college. By the time he was a junior, he led Cincinnati to a 27-6 record and was named second-team All-Conference USA and, in the summer following, he led the U. S. team to the gold medal in the World University Games, leading the team in rebounding. As a senior in 1999–2000, he averaged 18.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during a season in which the Bearcats were ranked #1 for 12 weeks. That season, he recorded his second triple double with 28 points, 13 rebounds, 10 blocks vs. Memphis. Martin was the consensus National Player of the Year, earning numerous awards from various organizations, the team was ranked #1 in the nation at the conclusion of the regular season.
However, Martin suffered a broken leg three minutes into the Bearcats' first game of the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year. The team finished with a record of 29-4, he remains the Bearcats' all-time leader in field goal percentage. Cincinnati retired his #4 jersey on April 25, 2000; that year, Martin was selected first overall in the 2000 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets. Martin is the last American-born college senior to have been the top overall pick. Martin graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice; as a rookie for the New Jersey Nets, Martin averaged 12 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. He was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished second in voting for NBA Rookie of the Year. In his second season, Martin averaged 14.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks per game in helping the Nets rise from last place in the Atlantic Division to an Eastern Conference title and the best season to date in the Nets' NBA history.
Along with Jason Kidd, Kerry Kittles, Keith Van Horn and Richard Jefferson, Martin led the Nets to the 2002 NBA Finals, where they were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers. In his third season Martin again helped his team into the NBA finals, where the Nets lost in six games to the San Antonio Spurs; the next year, Martin averaged 16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks en route to his first NBA All-Star selection, as a backup forward for the Eastern Conference All-Stars. In the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, Martin grabbed 7 rebounds and had 3 assists. Martin and teammate Alonzo Mourning fought when Martin mocked Mourning's life-threatening kidney disease. Martin admitted that he had made a mistake and apologized to Mourning. On an episode of the Scoop B Radio Podcast, Martin told Brandon Scoop B Robinson that Mourning thought that Martin should have been working as hard as he was in morning shootarounds, but he was never a shootaround guy. Martin now participates in Mourning's annual charity basketball game.
At the end of the 2003–04 season, Martin was traded to the Denver Nuggets for three future first-round draft picks in a sign-and-trade deal. Martin played in 70 games during the 2004–05 season, averaging 15.5 points and 7.3 rebounds. During the 2005–06 season, Martin missed 26 games due to knee tendinitis, but was able to return in time for the playoffs. During that playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers, Martin was suspended from the Denver Nuggets indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team." During halftime of game two of the first round series, Martin got into an argument with head coach George Karl over his playing time, refused to play for the second half of the game. During the offseason and Martin "patched things up."Believing injuries were behind him, Martin learned the swelling now occurring in his right knee would require another microfracture procedure. On November 15, 2006, after playing two regular season games, Martin underwent his second knee operation in less than two years.
Martin is believed to be the first NBA player to have, to return from, microfracture surgery on both knees. Martin was fined $15,000 by
Wilson Chandler is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. He has played for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association during the 2011 NBA lockout and the NBA's New York Knicks and Denver Nuggets, he played college basketball at DePaul University for two years before declaring for the 2007 NBA draft, where he was a first-round selection of the Knicks. Chandler is listed at 6 ft 8 in. and 225 lbs. He can play both forward positions. Chandler has great leaping ability, finishes well at the basket, an improving mid-range jumper; when growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, a three-hour drive from Detroit and two hours from Chicago, Chandler was raised by his grandparents. He started playing basketball at Fairplain East Elementary School in the Benton Harbor Area Schools when he was in fifth grade. There he received Michigan All-State mentions as a junior, he was named to the first team All-State by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan.
As a senior, he averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, four blocks per game. That year and the Tigers went undefeated during the regular season and were ranked #1 in the state, they were beaten by eventual state champion Holt High School in the regional final. Chandler was named Mr. Basketball of Michigan for 2005. Chandler was recruited by and considered Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Dayton. During his freshman season at DePaul, he achieved an average of 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game. On November 30, 2005, Chandler had his first breakout game, putting up 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks in a Blue Demons win over Creighton University. On December 10, 2005, he recorded 16 rebounds against Dayton, the most by a freshman since Quentin Richardson grabbed 16 in 1999, he earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors twice that season. He was named to the Big East freshman team. Chandler scored 20 or more points 4 times, with a career-high of 26.
During his sophomore season, he averaged 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.4 blocks per game. As a sophomore, Chandler was named to the Big East all second team, recorded eight double-doubles, while leading the team to a 20-win season, they made it to the quarterfinals of the NIT. He left the college tenth on DePaul's all-time list for blocked shots with 86. In April 2007, Chandler decided to enter his name in the 2007 NBA draft after careful consideration. Before entering the draft, he hired Chris Grier as his agent, he had not worked out for many teams prior to the draft. He was injured in Atlanta before being able to work out with any other teams; the Knicks told him they were interested in him. Isiah Thomas, the team's general manager, had good contacts at DePaul University and knew about him from watching him play in college. On June 28, 2007, Chandler was taken 23rd overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Knicks. In his first game on November 13, 2007, he recorded 2 rebounds and a steal, he had his best game on April 2008, scoring 23 points vs. the Orlando Magic.
He finished the season averaging 7.3 points per game. In the 2008–09 season under head coach Mike D'Antoni, Chandler saw his role with the Knicks expand, he finished the season averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game, while playing in all 82 games. Chandler had a breakout game against the Toronto Raptors, scoring 32 points on 12-23 shooting, including 6-10 from beyond the arc. Chandler participated in the 2009 Rookie Challenge, where he was tied for most rebounds on the sophomore squad. In 65 games in 2009 -- 10, Chandler averaged 5.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists. On November 11, 2010 in a loss to the Golden State Warriors, Chandler had his front tooth inadvertently knocked out by former teammate David Lee. Chandler sat out for a few minutes before returning to the game to finish with 27 points and 3 blocks. On February 9, 2010 Chandler set a new career-high with 35 points against the Sacramento Kings, but the Knicks lost 118-114. Chandler assisted teammate Nate Robinson in the dunk contest during the All-Star Weekend.
In the dunk, Nate Robinson used Chandler's back as a trampoline to dunk the basketball. During the season Chandler provided a clutch play down the stretch in a game against the Atlanta Hawks. Chandler came up with a big block on a Josh Smith dunk attempt; the blocked shot was rebounded by Al Horford, who attempted a put-back but released the shot too late according to the referees. The Knicks once again finished the season with a poor record at 29-53; the Knicks made moves such as trading for Tracy McGrady in order to have cap space to make a big signing during the offseason and put talent around Chandler. The big signing ended up being Amar'e Stoudemire. Chandler scored 22 points in a season opening win for the new-look Knicks on October 27, 2010. On January 6, 2011, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh indicated his intentions to sign Chandler to a long-term deal. Chandler was enjoying his best season as a Knicks and embraced the new sixth man role coach Mike D'Antoni appointed him to. Chandler would play positions 2 to 4 on the floor.
During the season Chandler became one of the best shot-blocking wing players. Chandler's best game of the season was a 31-point effort against the San Antonio Spurs on January 4, 2011; the Spurs at the time were the NBA's best team and were defeated under Chandler's big game. On February 22, 2011, Chandler was traded to
The small forward known as the three, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. Small forwards are shorter and leaner than power forwards and centers, but taller and larger than either of the guard positions; the small forward is considered to be the most versatile of the five main basketball positions. In the NBA, small forwards range from 6' 6" to 6' 10" while in the WNBA, small forwards are between 5' 11" to 6' 2". Small forwards are responsible for scoring points, defending and as secondary or tertiary rebounders behind the power forward and center, although a few have considerable passing responsibilities. Many small forwards in professional basketball are prolific scorers; the styles with which small forwards amass their points vary widely. Some players at the position are accurate shooters, others prefer to initiate physical contact with opposing players, still others are slashers who possess jump shots. In some cases, small forwards position as off-the-ball specialists.
Small forwards who are defensive specialists are versatile as they can guard multiple positions using their size and strength