Thoughts on Chandler

The more I think about it...the more I realize I don't want to trade him. He's been dangled as an asset for every, single, trade. I really don't like losing him for 3 reasons. Jump...

1. His skills - Everyone says Chandler doesn't have a great jump shot and his handles are a lil suspect. I don't really buy it as being unfixable. 


07-08 NYK 35 16 19.6 0.438 0.300 0.630 1.1 2.5 3.6 0.9 0.4 0.5 0.77 2.37 7.3
08-09 NYK 82 70 33.4 0.432 0.328 0.795 1.1 4.3 5.4 2.1 0.9 0.9 1.70 3.05 14.4
09-10 NYK 65 64 35.7 0.479 0.267 0.806 1.4 3.9 5.4 2.1 0.7 0.8 1.66 2.83 15.3
Career -- 182 150 31.5 0.451 0.308 0.779 1.2 3.8 5.1 1.9 0.7 0.8 1.51 2.84 13.4

Look at his stats: every season he has improved his shooting percentage besides the three pointers. At Depaul he played a lot of PF, so he hadn't been shooting jumpers as often as we ask of him in this system. The improvements in his shooting percentage should definitely be noted. This guy has been working every season on his flaws, and has significantly improved. Free throws were a problem for him; now he is an 80% shooter. I'm convinced Chandler will be a more efficient shooter this year and a great 4th option.

2. His Attitude - Remember Silent Wil? The guy who would score, win, lose all with the same expression on his face? Who would barely ever talk or give interviews? I notice he has started giving a lot more interviews, been more vocal, and talked a lot about having to be more of a leader this year. He realizes his weaknesses, addresses them, and improves. I love this guy and I don't want to lose him. pause

3. His Defense - Chandler won't hesitate to guard anyone, and has played the stretch four for us through his career. He gets close to a steal and a block a game, and generally gives his man a hard time of scoring. Remember that game-saving block he had last year in the last seconds on Josh Smith. For those that don't:  The Block

Keep Chandler!

Thoughts? Comments?