Wilson Chandler re-signed with the Denver Nuggets in 2011-2012 after spending time in China playing basketball, but his glory would be short-lived as he would injure his left hip and would miss the rest of the season; however, he is set to return this season, so how will he look for 2012-2013?
Chandler would suffer a labral tear in his left hip, which would require surgery and would miss the rest of the season, thus he didn’t receive a great deal of play time under his new contract. Since then, Chandler has went under arthroscopic surgery and has been a fixture at the Pepsi Center working out diligently.
Chandler was originally sent to Denver as part of the blockbuster Carmelo Anthony trade, and during that time he played in 21 games — started in 19 games — with Denver and averaged 12.5 points on 41.9% from the field, 5 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He was able to play 8 games last season before he was injured (started in 6 of those) and averaged 9.4 points on 39.2% shooting from the field, 5.1 rebounds, and 2.1 rebounds.
Chandler’s health is the utmost importance, and if his health is kept up to par this season, he may provide Denver with a stable offensive option from the bench. He can play multiple positions, which has always been a high selling point, and the biggest issue with his time in Denver is the fact he hasn’t had a clear-cut role.
That may change this year as I believe he could be a solid option for George Karl off of the bench, he may not be a consistent starter, but he will become a consistent go-to guy for Karl.
One of the greatest positives about Chandler, when looking at him for next season, is his ability to finish at the rim. Keep in mind Denver’s system is about running up and down the coutr — it thrives on fast break — and Chandler will be one of the guys to provide scoring at the basket for the Nuggets.
Not only his versatility on the offense, but he’s an above average defender and rebounder. As Denver forges ahead this season, Karl will focus more on defense, especially with defensive specialist Andre Iguodala in tow. Throw in Chandler, and the defense possibilities are even greater.
My not-so bold prediction for Chandler in 2012-2013 is this: if healthy, he steps up and becomes a 6th man candidate for the Nuggets.
Denver fans are waiting to welcome Chandler back in their hearts, but it’s up to him to find the path there.