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Wilson Chandler
New York Knicks  – No. 21
Swingman
Born May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10) (age 22)
Benton Harbor, Michigan
Nationality USA
Listed height 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)
Listed weight 220 lb (100 kg)
League NBA
Salary $1,255,440[1]
High school Benton Harbor High School, Michigan
College DePaul
Draft 23rd overall, 2007
New York Knicks
Pro career 2007–present
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Wilson Chandler (born May 10, 1987 in Benton Harbor, Michigan) is an American basketball player currently with the New York Knicks. He played college basketball at DePaul University for two years before declaring for the NBA Draft. Chandler is listed at 6 ft 8 in. and 220 lbs. He plays the forward position. Chandler has exceptional leaping ability, finishes well at the basket, and is improving his mid-range jumper.[2] He has been compared to Shawn Marion and former NBA player Scottie Pippen.[3]

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Early life

While he was growing up in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Chandler was raised by his grandparents.[4] Chandler started playing basketball at Fairplain East Elementary School (in Benton Harbor, Michigan) when he was in fifth grade. Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were his favorite players.

High school career

Chandler went to Benton Harbor High School in Michigan. He received Michigan All-State mentions as a sophomore and junior, while averaging 22.4 points and 12 rebounds as a junior.[5] He helped the Tigers to a 19–4 record. He was also named to the first team All-State by the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan. As a senior, he averaged 24 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and four blocks per game. That year, Chandler and the Tigers went undefeated during the regular season and were ranked #1 in the state. They were beat by eventual state champion, Holt High School, in the regional final. Chandler was named Mr. Basketball of Michigan for 2005.

College career

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Freshman

During his freshman season at DePaul, he achieved an average of 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds (ranked 10th in the Big East) per game. He earned Big East Rookie of the Week honors twice that season. He was also named to the Big-East freshman team. Chandler scored 20 or more points 4 times, with a career-high of 26.

Sophomore

During his sophomore season, he averaged 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game. As a sophomore, Chandler was named to the Big-East all second team, and recorded eight double-doubles, while leading the team to a 20-win season. They made it to the quarterfinals of the NIT, but couldn't go on any further. He left the college tenth on DePaul's all-time list for blocked shots with 86.[6]

Professional career

Pre-Draft

In April 2007, Wilson Chandler decided to enter his name in the 2007 NBA Draft after careful consideration.[7] Before entering the NBA draft, Chandler hired Chris Grier as his agent.[8] He had not worked out for many teams prior to the draft, including the New York Knicks.[9] He got injured in Atlanta before he could work out for any other teams. But the Knicks talked to Chandler's agent and told him they were interested in him. Isiah Thomas, the team's general manager, had very good contacts at DePaul University and knew about Chandler from watching him play in college.[10]

Draft

On June 28, 2007, Chandler was taken 23rd overall in the 2007 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks.

2007–08

Chandler didn't get much playing time until later in the season, when the Knicks officially became out of playoff contention. Then head coach Isiah Thomas began starting him, and giving him heavy minutes. Chandler responded by averaging 7.3 points per game, his stats heavily improving at the end of the season.

2008–2009

New head coach Mike D'Antoni started giving Chandler heavy minutes, including starting time. Chandler's stats have improved in almost every category.[11]. He finished the season averaging 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.

Notable games

  • He had a career-high 16 rebounds during a game against Dayton on December 10, 2005. The 16 rebounds were the most by a DePaul freshman since Quentin Richardson had 16 against Saint Louis on February 11, 1999.
  • On November 30, 2005, during the Blue Demons' victory over Creighton, Chandler led the team with 17 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 blocked shots.[12]
  • Scored a career high 32 points, on 12–23 shooting, including a career high 6–10 from the three point line, in the Knicks 127–97 win over the Toronto Raptors on February 20th, 2009.[13]
  • On February 9, 2010 Chandler set a new career-high with 35 points against the Sacramento Kings, but the Knicks lost 118-114.[citation needed]
  • On March 8, 2010, Chandler had a game winning block on a dunk attempt by Josh Smith which won the game for the Knicks over Atlanta, 99 to 98. The blocked shot was rebounded by Al Horford and put back into the basket, but video replays showed that the buzzer sounded before the ball left his hands. [2]

Accomplishments and awards

  • 2005 Mr. Basketball of Michigan
  • Big-East Conference All-Rookie team
  • Won the Wendell Smith Award as the MVP of the first DePaul-Notre Dame game
  • 2007 All Big East 2nd team
  • Named to the 2009 T-Moble Rookie Challenge, representing the Sophomore squad where he was tied for first for the most rebounds.

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2007–08 New York 35 16 19.6 .438 .300 .630 3.6 .9 .4 .5 7.3
2008–09 New York 82 70 33.4 .432 .328 .795 5.4 2.1 .9 .9 14.4
Career 117 86 29.2 .433 .326 .762 4.9 1.7 .7 .7 12.3

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