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Mahoney: Wilson Chandler is stepping it up from the perimeter.

Rob Mahoney is excellent, and I'm not just saying that because I've had a layup swatted by him before. If you'd like some evidence of Mahoney's unparalleled excellence, check out his piece for the NY Times Off the Dribble blog about Wilson Chandler's improvement.

The structure of a quality basketball team demands symbiosis. It’s not good enough to put together a collection of talent with a mutual interest in winning; instead, the most effective squads are assembled in a way that allows each component to benefit from being a part of the comprehensive whole. It’s from that truism that Chandler’s efficient campaign was born. He’s a productive player when left to his own devices, but Chandler has transformed into a steady hub of efficient scoring by attacking defenses oriented to stop Stoudemire and Felton.

Chandler isn’t a radically different player than he was a year ago, but by spending some quality time with his jumper and subtly altering his playing style, he has been able to increase his shot efficiency while reducing his turnovers.

Rob's right. With each passing game, we find ourselves less and less prone to wincing when Wil pulls from outside. As is mentioned in the article, a huge part of Chandler's improvement can be attributed to the gravitational pull of the Raymond Felton/Amar'e Stoudemire pick-and-roll. The potency of that first option allows Chandler to operate away from the ball, filling open space around the perimeter or slicing into the seams of the defense. To the eye, Wil was always a better scorer off the catch than off the bounce, so it makes sense that he's thriving when a career-high 65% of his baskets are assisted. Praise be to Wilson!