New York Knicks: Why Wilson Chandler Has Become Crucial to Team’s Success

December 28th, 2010 by Keith Schlosser Leave a reply »
As the Knicks began the season, the decision from Coach Mike D’Antoni to bring Wilson Chandler off the bench to provide a spark appeared to be a smart one.

With Ronny Turiaf starting in the frontcourt, Chandler’s offense seemed to complement Turiaf’s defense beautifully as the two split minutes. Although both players were effective in their given roles, it was clear after a 3-8 start to the season that the Knicks needed more offensive firepower early on.

Firepower is just what Chandler has given the Knicks as he’s transitioned back into a starting role, averaging a career high 17.2 points. He has gotten into a comfortable flow with an offense that features Amar’e Stoudemire and Raymond Felton.

A big difference in the Knicks’ success on offense this season is that players are being smarter about their shot selection. In the past, the Knicks were about jacking up three pointers. Players now patiently wait for the ball, setting up quality shots for themselves. While Chandler may not have been a main culprit of those subpar quality shots, it’s obvious that patiently waiting in the corner to knock down jumpers ...

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