For a 25-year-old, Wilson Chandler has been through a lot in his career.
After breaking into the NBA with the New York Knicks in 2007 at the age of 20, he came into his own in his second season with the Knicks and averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds. In the 2010-’11 season, with Amar’e Stoudemire in tow, Chandler was enjoying his best season as a pro by averaging 16.4 points and just under six rebounds a game before he was shipped off to the Denver Nuggets in the Carmelo Anthony trade.
After finishing out the season, Chandler headed to China in the midst of the lockout. His deal did not have an out-clause, so he could not return until after the All-Star break. He made his way back in March after signing a long-term contract, but after just eight games he suffered a labral tear in his left hip and had to undergo surgery.
Chandler missed much of this season before making his debut on Jan. 13, a game in which he scored 14 points with six rebounds and three steals. The next day he had similar numbers, and he has wasting no time making an impact as a scorer and rebounder off the bench. He is going to take some days off here and there, so the team eases him back. However, he is already a solid source of points and rebounds off the bench, and the kid will only improve as he gets healthier.
With Andre Iguodola struggling, the Nuggets are in need of a scorer to compliment Danilo Gallinari, and Chandler can be that guy. He will likely be stuck coming off the bench barring an injury, but he can thrive in a sixth man. For now, he should be added in deeper fantasy basketball leagues and still be monitored closely in all formats.