Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler can flat out score. If he can stay healthy this year, he can be a 20-plus points per game volume scorer. In key 2012-13 regular-season games down the stretch for playoff position, Chandler had two masterful performances of 35-plus points each. He has an effortless ability to penetrate to the rim, score easily in transition and knock down critical jumpers with precise fluidity. His size and strength at 6-foot-8 and 225 pounds make him virtually unguardable when he’s on a roll. Ill-Will is a six-year pro out of DePaul.
If Wilson can stay healthy this upcoming season, look for him to appear on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays in bunches, posterizing defenders with ferocious dunks.
To touch on my reference above, there is no doubt that Chandler’s biggest problem has been injuries over the past two seasons. He has sustained numerous injuries, including a hip injury, which has cost him to miss numerous games. If Ill-Will can remain healthy in the 2013-14 season, he will quickly become a star in the NBA. Chandler averaged 13.0 points per game and 5.1 rebounds per game this past season.
Wilson was steady last year from the free-throw line at 79.3 percent, and shot a very respectable 41.3 percent from downtown. With newly acquired head coach Brian Shaw, there is no doubt Ill-Will can thrive in his new system. When healthy last year, Chandler looked dominant while playing with the first team. However, oddly enough, George Karl would sometimes put him at a disadvantage within some strange lineups. Don’t look for Shaw to take Wilson out of his element, as Karl did. If anyone can help a good player become great, though, it is Shaw.
You don’t have to turn the clock back very far to find a good player becoming great under the tutelage of Shaw. Many of us saw the rise of Paul George in the playoffs for Indy, becoming a star in the Miami Heat series. As the Indiana Pacers associate head coach for the past several seasons, Shaw has had a knack for turning good players into stars.
Under the direction of Shaw this season, look for Chandler to step into the spotlight and become an NBA superstar.