ESPN.com and their TrueHoop Network have ranked the players of the NBA and are releasing their rankings on twitter (@NBAonESPN), from number 500 o number 1. They have finally broke into the top 100 players and have ranked Wilson Chandler, of the Denver Nuggets, at #93.
Last season, ESPN ranked Chandler at #75, but after re-signing with the Nuggets and only playing eight games, it’s actually surprising he only fell 18 places. Out of those eight games he played last season, he started in six of them and averaged 9.4 points on 39.2% shooting from the field, 5.1 rebounds, 2.2 assists and with a 9.08 PER.
He was out for the rest of the season when he was injured with a labral tear on his left hip, and is expected to return by the start of the 2012-2013 season.
To be frank, I’m honestly shocked he broke the top 100 players due to only playing a small amount of games in the league last season, there must be expectations that Chandler will do well this year.
Chandler is an above average jack-of-all-trades player; he can rebound, he plays great defense, an excellent finisher at the rim, and he has an offensive game as well. Just like I said, he’s an all-around player.
Before he was initially traded to Denver from the New York Knicks, he averaged 15 points and 5 rebounds a game more often than not, but he will not be getting a starting gig over his teammate Danilo Gallinari.
With that being said, Chandler will be able to have a defined role off of the bench and will be able to contribute effectively.
Throw in Andre Iguodala and things will be very interesting in Denver this season.