Wilson Chandler Is X-Factor for Denver Nuggets

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The Denver Nuggets have matured into one of the NBA‘s most dangerous teams, and versatile reserve forward Wilson Chandler is their x-factor. Chandler has only started three of the 32 games he ha splayed in for the Nuggets since returning from injury, but his contributions in those games has been huge.

Chandler is averaging a respectable 11.8 points in 23.3 minutes off the bench for Denver but he is capable of exploding for 20 on any given night. Not only has Chandler been a solid source of offense in a reserve role, he has also been an efficient one Chandler, who is primarily a jump shooter who can create his own shot off the dribble, is shooting .450 from the field and knocking down .413 of his three-point attempts, an area of need for Denver.

At 6’8″, Chandler is a difficult match up for opposing teams. He’s taller than the average 2-guard or NBA wing and quicker than power forwards, so Chandler has an advantage over whoever is guarding him on most occasions. Chandler has especially turned it on of late; since the All-Star break he is averaging 14.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and is shooting .509 from the field and .447 from long range.

Chandler’s true value to the Nuggets is also evident in their record when he plays. The Nuggets are 25-7 with Chandler active, as opposed to 24-15 without him in the lineup. If the Nuggets are to make a deep run in the playoffs, Wilson Chandler will be a key component in how far this talented young team can really advance.

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