NBA Comparison: Is Knicks’ Wilson Chandler Following in Joe Johnson’s Footsteps?

January 7th, 2011 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »
With Donnie Walsh’s proclamation that the Knicks’ will re-sign Wilson Chandler this summer comes questions of what type of contract Chandler will command, and furthermore, if the Knicks could come away with both Chandler and Carmelo Anthony.

In pondering the amount of money Chandler is earning himself as he continues his breakout season, Marc Berman of the New York Post points out that Chandler is putting up similar numbers to the ones Joe Johnson recorded during his contract year with the Phoenix Suns in 2004-05.

Johnson parlayed his own breakout season into a $65 million, five year contract with the Atlanta Hawks. The two sides recently re-upped their union with an even more massive contract worth $124 million over six years.

While Chandler and Johnson are two entirely different players who may have different attributes, it cannot be ignored that their circumstances (Johnson then and Chandler now) are very similar.

Over his last two seasons in Phoenix, Johnson began to breakout offensively. In addition to shooting the lights out, he also displayed versatility in (then Suns’ coach) Mike D’Antoni’s offens ...

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