Knicks’ Wilson Chandler in the Race for NBA Sixth Man, but Can He Bring It Home?

November 10th, 2010 by Allen Kim Leave a reply »
Through the first six games of the season, Wilson Chandler has had his ups and downs as the New York Knicks' sixth man. He excelled in the first three games of the season, averaging 21.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 3.0 blocks, but has since come back down to Earth.

In his last four outings, Wilson put up 11.5 points on 40.9 percent shooting, grabbed 4.3 rebounds and recorded 1.4 steals plus blocks.

Let's just say he has been part Jekyll, part Hyde in the early going of the NBA season.

Even with his recent struggles, Wilson is still averaging career highs in points, rebounds, steals, threes and blocks. This may just be a small sample size, but he has surpassed expectations to start the season, and he's in the discussion to take home the NBA Sixth Man Award.

Wilson's versatility on the defensive end has been remarkable early on. His ability to effectively defend anyone from the two to the four make him invaluable as a defensive stopper. He's long and athletic, while his strong defensive abilities have been evident with impressive season averages—he's second on the team in rebounding and blocks, and fourth in steals.

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