With the announcement five days ago LaMarcus Aldridge will undergo season-ending hip injury, Knicks center Tyson Chandler has become a favorite to make the U.S. Olympic team, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Chandler was named as one of the 20 finalists for the Olympic Team named in January. Team USA has just one center on the roster, Dwight Howard, and he's out indefinitely with a bulging disk. That also bodes well for Chandler's presence on the club.

Chandler, who had 20 points and seven rebounds in the Knicks' 118-110 victory over the Celtics Tuesday night at the Garden, is a candidate for the defensive player of the year award and roundly saluted for his leadership on Dallas' NBA championship-winning team and this season's Knicks club. Chandler also has a great supporter in former Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni, who will return as Team USA assistant.