Here are things you think are cool about Wilson Chandler (or you should think): 1. Coach George Karl said he's arguably Denver's most efficient player. 2. Entering Tuesday's game, the Nuggets were 23-4 in 2013 with Chandler. 3. He's tallied his career high (35) twice this season, and on Monday at Chicago, he became the first reserve since 1985-86 to put up at least 35 points, nine rebounds, four assists and shoot 60 percent from the field. And here are three things I think are cool about Wilson Chandler: 1. He has an N.W.A. tattoo. 2. He appreciates the old-school arcade game NBA Jam. 3. He goes by "Ill Wil," which is funny, because my friends call me "Ill Benjamin." Anyway you slice it, Chandler has been a heck of a story this season, although he was hurt Tuesday night. Chandler suffered a left shoulder separation against Oklahoma City and did not return. He is day-to-day. He was the forgotten guy in the Nuggets-Knicks trade, especially after his injury-plagued 2011 playoffs and his lost season in 2011-12, when he played in China and then hurt his hip. National media members forgot about him when talking about Nuggets' injuries. And even this season, with Chandler returning from hip surgery, it was hard to believe that he would truly be an impact player. Well, he is. He plays with brute strength, an old-school game, bulldozing his body wherever he chooses. And his long wingspan is nightmarish for players on the perimeter. Grantland.com writer Brett Koremenos compared Chandler with Miami's Shane Battier, saying that they're the "keys that unlock two of the most versatile rosters in the NBA. ... Chandler's flexibility, meanwhile, allows the Nuggets to field a multitude of lineups that accomplish their sole purpose of playing at a breakneck pace for a full 48 minutes."
Nuggets' Wilson Chandler cool, but hurt
Denver Post | Mar 20