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Liberty Ballers Community Rankings: Wilson Chandler

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NBA: Philadelphia 76ers-Media Day Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Liberty Ballers is asking for the community’s help in ranking the Sixers’ full roster (12 active players, 3 inactive players, 2 two-way players) according to on-court value for the upcoming season. When casting a vote, you should concern yourself only with each player’s ability to contribute to winning this season. You can find the original post here, which includes the Sixers’ projected final roster.

Welcome back to the Liberty Ballers community rankings of the Sixers roster. We’re getting into interesting territory here, with just 6 spots remaining. Who took spot #7? One Wilson Chandler, with 82% of the vote.

Wilson Chandler

Wilson Chandler will start the season on the injury report due to a hamstring strain, and it sounds like he’s a bit further away than fans would hope:

The Sixers obtained Chandler’s services in the offseason thanks to the Denver Nuggets’ need for some salary relief. After handing over an extension to Nikola Jokic, Denver had pushed well into the luxury tax. Brett Brown pounced, taking on Chandler’s contract (one season remaining, with a value of $12,800,562), a 2021 second round pick and a 2022 second-round pick-swap, all for some spare change. It worked out perfectly for the Sixers, as Philly desperately needed wing depth.

Chandler isn’t stellar in any one area of the game, but he’s a 31-year-old veteran who should provide the Sixers reliable bench minutes night in and night out. (Chandler has a history of injuries throughout his career and he’s currently out with the hamstring, but he has played in more than 70 games in three of the last four seasons.) He profiles as a small forward who can play up at the four in smaller lineups, and provide floor spacing despite his below-average three-point shooting. Where Wilson can offer some real added value is on the defensive end. He’s by no means a stopper, but he’s no sieve either. In comparison to someone like Marco Belinelli, Chandler is a significant defensive upgrade. Teams won’t seek out Chandler the way they do, say, JJ Redick.

I think we’ll see a lot of Wilson Chandler this season once he returns from injury, as I expect him to have about the 7th/8th most minutes per game on the team. Brett Brown likes guys he can trust, and Chandler is a proven player at this stage of his career. He could be in for some regression in professional season #12, but moving to the bench could counteract the drop-off as it will reduce his workload (he started 71 games in ‘17-’18 playing over 30 MPG). Chandler was a solid get for the Sixers. He’s not the perfect fit, and I think I’m a bit lower on him than the average fan. Nonetheless, Chandler is a welcome addition to a bench that dosed 17+ MPG to Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot for four months of last season.

Sixers Community Rankings

Rank Player Vote percentage Runner-up Runner up vote % 3rd 3rd vote %
Rank Player Vote percentage Runner-up Runner up vote % 3rd 3rd vote %
17 Demetrius Jackson 41% Jerryd Bayless 29% Furkan Korkmaz 10%
16 Jerryd Bayless 29% Demetrius Jackon (leading vote getter) 32% Shake Milton 22%
15 Shake Milton 81% Jonah Bolden 8% Zhaire Smith 4%
14 Jonah Bolden 69% Zhaire Smith 17% Furkan Korkmaz 12%
13 Zhaire Smith 39% Furkan Korkmaz 37% Amir Johnson 8%
12 Furkan Korkmaz 64% Amir Johnson 11% Landry Shamet 11%
11 Landry Shamet 30% Amir Johnson 26% Mike Muscala 21%
10 Amir Johnson 43% Mike Muscala 35% TJ McConnell 17%
9 Mike Muscala 55% TJ McConnell 26% Wilson Chandler 15%
8 TJ McConnell 53% Wilson Chandler 37% Markelle Fultz 11%
7 Wilson Chandler 82% Markelle Fultz 15% Redick/Saric/Covington 1% each
6 TBD TBD
5 TBD TBD
4 TBD TBD
3 TBD TBD
2 TBD TBD
1 TBD TBD

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Poll

Who will be the Sixers’ 6th most valuable player this season?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Markelle Fultz
    (255 votes)
  • 20%
    JJ Redick
    (77 votes)
  • 4%
    Dario Saric
    (18 votes)
  • 6%
    Robert Covington
    (26 votes)
376 votes total Vote Now