Wilson Chandler

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Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler cropped.jpg
Chandler at the Knicks' open practice session in October 2010
No. 22 – Philadelphia 76ers
PositionSmall forward
Personal information
Born (1987-05-10) May 10, 1987 (age 31)
Benton Harbor, Michigan
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolBenton Harbor
(Benton Harbor, Michigan)
CollegeDePaul (2005–2007)
NBA draft2007 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23rd overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career2007–present
Career history
20072011New York Knicks
2011Denver Nuggets
2011–2012Zhejiang Lions
20122018Denver Nuggets
2018–presentPhiladelphia 76ers
Career highlights and awards

Wilson Chandler (born May 10, 1987) is an American professional basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has previously 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, and an improving mid-range jumper.[1]

Early life and high school career[edit]

When growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, a three-hour drive from Detroit and two hours from Chicago, Chandler was raised by his grandparents.[2] He started playing basketball at Fairplain East Elementary School in the Benton Harbor Area Schools when he was in fifth grade; he later attended Benton Harbor High School. There he received Michigan All-State mentions as a sophomore and junior; while averaging 22.4 points and 12 rebounds as a junior,[3] he helped the BHHS Tigers to a 19–4 record. He was also 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, and four blocks per game. That year, Chandler 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.

College career[edit]

Chandler was recruited by and considered Michigan State, Ohio State, Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Dayton; however, he committed to DePaul University late in 2004. During his freshman season at DePaul, he achieved an average of 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds (ranked 10th in the Big East) 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 also 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, and 1.4 blocks per game. As a sophomore, Chandler was named to the Big East all second team, and 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.[4]

Professional career[edit]

New York Knicks (2007–2011)[edit]

In April 2007, Chandler decided to enter his name in the 2007 NBA draft after careful consideration.[5] Before entering the draft, he hired Chris Grier as his agent.[6] He had not worked out for many teams prior to the draft.[7] He was injured in Atlanta before being able to work out with any other teams. The Knicks talked to his agent and told him they were interested in him. Isiah Thomas, the team's general manager, had very good contacts at DePaul University and knew about him from watching him play in college.[8]

On June 28, 2007, Chandler was taken 23rd overall in the 2007 NBA draft by the Knicks. He spent the majority of the season coming off of the bench, but late in 2008 head coach Isiah Thomas inserted him into the starting rotation. In his first game on November 13, 2007, he recorded 8 points, 2 rebounds and a steal. He had his best game on April 6, 2008, scoring 23 points vs. the Orlando Magic.[9] He would end the season with an average 7.3 points per game.[10] In his sophomore campaign under head coach Mike D'Antoni, Chandler saw his role with the Knicks expand, and he was able to improve his statistics in virtually every category. He finished the season averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.[11] Chandler had a breakout game against the Toronto Raptors, scoring 32 points on 12-23 shooting, including 6-10 from beyond the arc, in a blowout. Chandler participated in the 2009 Rookie Challenge, where he was tied for most rebounds on the sophomore squad. Despite Chandler's solid season, the Knicks finished the season at 32-50 and missed the playoffs. Chandler improved on his 2008–09 year, averaging 15.3 points and 5.4 rebounds along with 2.1 assists; however, Chandler struggled to shoot the three pointer. Chandler was limited to 65 games on the year due to injuries.[citation needed]

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 had struggled all game but 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, missing the playoffs. 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.[12]

On January 6, 2011, Knicks GM Donnie Walsh indicated his intentions to sign Chandler to a long-term deal.[13] 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 come off the bench and play positions 2 to 4 on the floor. During the season Chandler also 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 easily defeated under Chandler's big game.[14]

Denver Nuggets (2011)[edit]

On February 22, 2011, Chandler was traded to the Nuggets in a three-way blockbuster deal which also involved the Minnesota Timberwolves, and sent Carmelo Anthony to New York.[15] Chandler immediately made an impact in his debut for the Nuggets, scoring 16 points,[16] including 8 key fourth quarter points, in a victory over the Boston Celtics. In Denver, Chandler had to adapt to a more open offense. The Nuggets with the addition of him and teammates Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton had one of the deepest, most explosive teams in the NBA. The Nuggets ended up playing better without superstar Carmelo Anthony, clinching the fifth seed in the playoffs with a 50-32 record. On March 23, 2011 in a 115-112 win over the San Antonio Spurs, he played through a sprained ankle and finished the game with a remarkable 6 blocks. Though he finished with 8 points, he made a clutch jumper with 29.3 seconds left to give the Nuggets the lead for good, 114-112. Chandler made his first trip to the playoffs where the Nuggets would match up against the Oklahoma City Thunder, led by Kevin Durant. In his first playoff game Chandler scored 9 points to go along with 8 rebounds. Chandler struggled in the playoffs, averaging only 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds in only 23 minutes a game. The Nuggets were beaten in five games.

China and the 2011 NBA lockout (2011–2012)[edit]

In August 2011, in the midst of an NBA lockout, Chandler signed with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the Chinese Basketball Association. With Zhejiang Guangsha, he plays under former Dallas Mavericks head coach Jim Cleamons. About his decision, Chandler said, "Maybe I'll lose out, but I think it can be a great experience. I haven't been in any [labor negotiation] meetings. I can't call it. I'm just taking a risk, at the end of the day."[17] His deal didn't have an out-clause, which meant that Chandler wouldn't return until after the All-Star break.[18] Had Chandler not signed with a Chinese team, he would have been a restricted free agent. Zhejiang Guangsha attempted to put more NBA talent around Chandler by signing Earl Clark, who asked to leave the team over family reasons.[19] They later attempted to sign Tyson Chandler, but he declined the team's offer.[20] In his debut, Chandler scored 43 points along with 22 rebounds and 4 assists in 50 minutes in a 118-115 double overtime win over Tianjin Ronggang.[21] He followed his debut performance by recording 28 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists against Qingdao DoubleStar in a 111-94 win.[22] Chandler recorded 42 points, 10 rebounds and 3 steals in Zhejiang Guangsha's first loss against the Shandong Lions.[23] With the help of Chandler, the Lions ended up reaching the playoffs to play against the Beijing Ducks in the first round. Unfortunately, he didn't participate in the playoffs, and as a result, Zhejiang was swept by Beijing.

Return to Denver and the NBA (2012–2018)[edit]

Chandler with the Nuggets in 2018

After Zhejiang was swept in the playoffs, Chandler was able to re-sign the Nuggets, thus returning to the NBA. On March 18, 2012, Chandler signed a contract with the Denver Nuggets reportedly worth $37 million for 5 years.[24] However, his season would then rapidly come to an end after playing only 8 games for the Nuggets, as he suffered a labral tear in his left hip and had to undergo surgery, which also made him unable to participate in the playoffs.

On July 11, 2015, Chandler signed a multi-year contract extension with the Nuggets.[25] On November 11, 2015, he was ruled out for the entire 2015–16 season after requiring surgery to repair a labral tear in his right hip.[26]

On March 7, 2017, Chandler scored a career-best 36 points in a 108–96 win over the Sacramento Kings.[27]

Philadelphia 76ers (2018–present)[edit]

On July 6, 2018, Chandler and a future second-round draft pick were traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for cash considerations.[28] He missed the first nine games of the 2018–19 season with a hamstring injury, making his debut on November 3 against the Detroit Pistons, going scoreless with four rebounds in 10 minutes.[29]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


Regular season[edit]

2007–08 New York 35 16 19.6 .438 .300 .630 3.6 .9 .4 .5 7.3
2008–09 New York 82 70 33.4 .432 .328 .795 5.4 2.1 .9 .9 14.4
2009–10 New York 65 64 35.7 .479 .267 .806 5.4 2.1 .7 .8 15.3
2010–11 New York 51 30 34.5 .461 .351 .807 5.9 1.7 .7 1.4 16.4
2010–11 Denver 21 19 30.6 .419 .347 .810 5.0 1.6 .7 1.1 12.5
2011–12 Denver 8 6 26.9 .392 .250 .833 5.1 2.1 .8 .8 9.4
2012–13 Denver 43 8 25.1 .462 .413 .793 5.1 1.3 1.0 .3 13.0
2013–14 Denver 62 55 31.1 .416 .348 .724 4.7 1.8 .7 .5 13.6
2014–15 Denver 78 75 31.7 .429 .342 .775 6.1 1.7 .7 .4 13.9
2016–17 Denver 71 33 30.9 .461 .337 .727 6.5 2.0 .7 .4 15.7
2017–18 Denver 74 71 31.7 .445 .359 .772 5.4 2.1 .6 .5 10.0
Career 590 447 31.1 .445 .341 .769 5.4 1.8 .7 .6 13.5


2011 Denver 5 2 23.0 .276 .143 .778 4.4 .4 .6 .8 4.8
2013 Denver 6 6 34.2 .355 .310 .750 5.5 1.3 1.3 .5 12.0
Career 11 8 29.1 .333 .278 .762 5.0 .9 1.0 .6 8.7


2011–12 Zhejiang 32 29 34.6 .514 .291 .763 11.6 2.3 1.4 .8 26.6


2005–06 DePaul 25 20 30.2 .436 .211 .667 7.2 1.0 .8 1.6 10.6
2006–07 DePaul 34 32 31.7 .450 .333 .654 6.9 1.4 .6 1.4 14.6
Career 59 52 31.1 .445 .303 .659 7.1 1.2 .7 1.5 12.9


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  2. ^ "Serby'S Sunday Q&A With...Wilson Chandler". New York Post. July 1, 2007.
  3. ^ [1] Archived July 26, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ MSG
  5. ^ Scout.com: DePaul's Chandler to Declare for NBA Draft
  6. ^ SportingNews.com - Your expert source for NBA Basketball stats, scores, standings, blogs and fantasy news from NBA Basketball columnists
  7. ^ Transcript of Wilson Chandler's Remarks to the Media
  8. ^ Isiah Thomas Conference Call With Media - June 29, 2007
  9. ^ "Orlando Magic at New York Knicks Box Score, April 6, 2008". Basketball-Reference.com. 2008-04-06. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  10. ^ "Wilson Chandler Career statistics". Online Database. National Basketball Association. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  11. ^ "Wilson Chandler Career Stats Page". NBA.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  12. ^ Wilson Chandler 2010-11 Game Log Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  13. ^ Berman, Marc (January 6, 2011). "Walsh says Knicks plan to keep Chandler long-term". New York Post.
  14. ^ "San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks Box Score, January 4, 2011". Basketball-Reference.com. 2011-01-04. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  15. ^ "Nuggets acquire five players, three picks in three-team trade". NBA.com. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
  16. ^ "Boston Celtics vs. Denver Nuggets - Box Score - February 24, 2011 - ESPN". scores.espn.go.com. Retrieved February 25, 2011.
  17. ^ "Wilson Chandler signs contract with Chinese team - ESPN". Espn.go.com. 2011-08-30. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  18. ^ Wilson Chandler Signs With Zhejiang Guangsha
  19. ^ Josh Robbins (2011-09-28). "Earl Clark: Earl Clark returns from China, will be an unrestricted NBA free agent - Orlando Sentinel". Articles.orlandosentinel.com. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  20. ^ "Tyson Chandler of Dallas Mavericks declines Chinese team's offer - ESPN Dallas". Espn.go.com. 2011-11-22. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  21. ^ "European Basketball Main Page". Eurobasket. 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
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  23. ^ "European Basketball Main Page". Eurobasket. 2011-11-25. Retrieved 2014-04-08.
  24. ^ "Nuggets re-sign restricted free agent F Wilson Chandler". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. March 18, 2012. Retrieved March 20, 2012.
  25. ^ "Nuggets Extend Wilson Chandler". NBA.com. July 11, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  26. ^ "Wilson Chandler to Undergo Season-Ending Surgery". NBA.com. November 11, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015.
  27. ^ "Chandler scores career-high 36, Nuggets beat Kings 108-96". ESPN.com. March 6, 2017. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  28. ^ "Denver Nuggets Trade Wilson Chandler to Philadelphia 76ers". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  29. ^ "Embiid scores 39 points in Philadelphia's win over Detroit". ESPN.com. November 3, 2018. Retrieved November 3, 2018.

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Preceded by
Drew Neitzel
Mr. Basketball of Michigan
Succeeded by
David Kool