Chandler is getting an opportunity here like he hasn't had since his Chicago days. We're looking at him like a front line center and I would imagine that we're going to work our post game around getting him the ball down low just like we did with Okafor.
Chandler still has a ton of upside, and for those eye rolls out there he's actually a few months younger than Okafor only he came out early. Chandler had a higher shooting percentage last year.
Okafor was not an elite defender. He was an elite shot blocker, but there is more to the position. Chandler, by contrast, is an elite defender.
Now i'm not going to say we're getting the better player or anything, but in terms of the roles that each player is predicted to play for their new team.... I like the chances of Chandler being more of an impact player for Charlotte than Okafor being for New Orleans.
As much as we loved Okafor, he's an undersized center with elite shot blocking and rebounding skills. Any offensive game he has is what we forced on him. He's terrible at the line, as is Chandler, and he's going to have trouble against the competition in the West.
I think this Charlotte team is going to be a lot closer to the playoffs than many here think. With the maturation of Augustin coupled with the emergence of a few key support players like Diaw there could be some noise made.
He is like 4 or 5 day's younger. Not months. Also those extra years can hurt a center. I still like the trade though and I'm not the least disappointed.