Wilson Chandler is one of those NBA players you can’t spot in a game for the wrong reasons. His strength, agility, and skills, especially in the basket area, are unsurpassed. A native of Michigan, Chandler began his career in high school, then played college basketball at DePaul University for just two years before signing up for the NBA Draft.
Chandler currently plays in the small forward position for the Philadelphia 76ers, but did not begin his NBA career until 2007 with the New York Knicks and has also played for the Denver Nuggets. During the 2011 NBA lockout, he played for Zhejiang Guangsha of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA).
Wilson Chandler Profile
Chandler was born on May 10, 1987, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. He began playing basketball while still in elementary school at Fairplain East Elementary School Benton Harbor in Michigan and continued his education at Benton Harbor High School.
During his high school career, Wilson Chandler was named Michigan All-State both as a student and as a teenager. The Michigan Basketball Coaches Association also named him the first All-State team. In his senior year, he averaged twenty-four points, twelve rebounds, four blocks, and five assists per game. He was also named Mr. Basketball of Michigan in 2005.
After high school, he received college offers from prestigious schools such as Michigan State, Indiana University, Ohio State, University of Dayton, and Purdue University, but he chose DePaul University instead. He played his first breakout game against Creighton University, where he scored seventeen points, eight rebounds, and four blocks.
In a December game against Dayton, Wilson Chandler scored sixteen rebounds, the highest rebound of any rookie since Quentin Richardson (who was the first to set that record in 1999). As a rookie, he was twice honored with the “Big East Rookie of the Week”. He also earned the Big East Rookie of the Week.
At the end of his rookie season, Chandler achieved an average of 10.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game, putting him in tenth place in the Big East. As a sophomore, he scored 14.7 points, 1.4 blocks, and 6.9 rebounds per game and was named the second-best team in Big East.
In 2007 Wilson Chandler competed in the NBA Draft and was voted 23rd overall by the New York Knicks, but spent most of the season on the bench until head coach Isiah Lord Thomas II put him in the starting line-up. His first game with the team was against Orlando Magic, and he scored twenty-three points. By the end of the season, he averaged 7.3 points per game.
The next season he averaged 14.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. He remained with the team until February 2011, when he was transferred to the Denver Nuggets. In his debut game, he scored sixteen points against the Boston Celtics. In his first playoff, he would score nine points and eight rebounds. Although he struggled hard in the playoffs, he finished with an average of 4.8 points and 5.0 rebounds.
During the 2011 NBA selection, Chandler signed with the Zhejiang Guangsha Lions of the CBA, who play under Dallas Maverick’s former head coach Jim Cleamons. After the lockout, Wilson returned to the NBA in 2012 and signed a five-year $37 million contract with the Nuggets. His season ended early this year, as he had to undergo surgery due to a tear in his left hip.
In July 2015, Chandler signed an extension to his contract with the team but was again unable to play for the entire season because he had to undergo another operation, this time on his right hip after suffering a labrum tear. In 2017, he scored a career-high score – thirty-six points – in a game against the Sacramento Kings that ended with a 108-96 victory for his team.
In July 2018 he was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, along with a future draft pick in the second round for financial reasons.
Wilson Chandler Family Life
Wilson Chandler was born in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of Wilson Chandler Sr. and Marie Thomas. However, he was raised by his grandparents. His parents saw great potential in him and were convinced that his grandparents were the best people to raise him, so they sent him to them.
And according to Chandler, his grandparents did a good job of raising him properly; especially his grandmother, who was quiet but still taught him the important things in life. He loved basketball from childhood and this was welcomed by his grandmother, who was a huge Michael Jordan fan, so little Wilson grew up a huge Bulls fan.
His Height Weight and Other Facts
The small NBA striker stands at a height of 2.06 m (6 ft 8 in), with an athletically built body that weighs 102 kg (225 Ibs).
Chandler is Veganer. He began his vegan diet while recovering from his hip surgery.
One outdoor activity that he enjoys is fishing. In his opinion, fishing is something he has done all his life. He grew up fishing on the shores and rivers of Michigan, so he goes fishing every time he wants to relax.