Now fully healed, Chandler’s play has been quite strong to start the year, even as the Nuggets have been trying to find their way. Averaging 30 minutes per game, Chandler is scoring 17 points per game on a true shooting percentage of 53.4 percent to start the season.
While those numbers are par for the course in where it compares to Chandler’s career averages, they’ve been key to a Nuggets offense that ranks in the middle of the pack, both in overall offensive efficiency (19th) and true shooting efficiency (20th) in the league.
However, Chandler’s true impact on the Nuggets has come from just having his presence on the floor.
If that wasn’t enough, the fact that Chandler is in all seven of the team’s most productive lineups (a minimum of ten minutes) is just further proof of how instrumental he is for the Nuggets so far this year.
Obviously it’s early, but considering how Chandler hasn’t seemingly lost a step after a year absence is huge for the Nuggets going forward.
The fact that he’s played this effectively too, both on an individual level as well as within the team, is even bigger with where the Nuggets are at this season.
Sure, there are areas where Chandler needs to improve like his three-point shooting (31.1 percent), which has been down compared to his output in recent seasons.
And we can always see Chandler’s positive production trickle down as more minutes pile up and more importantly, how the Nuggets fare as the season goes on.
That’s the big question for a team that’s relying heavily on young players to perform well in big roles. We’ve already seen some pretty big ups and downs from their more inexperienced players and it’s safe to say that will continue all throughout the season.