NBA player Wilson Chandler returns to Michigan for the first and only time this season for a road game against the Detroit Pistons. On Saturday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. EST, the Pistons (20-29, 10-15 at home) will host the Denver Nuggets (24-24, 10-13 away) at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Chandler, the starting small forward for the Nuggets, will be in the building looking to defeat his home state’s team.
Chandler was born and raised in the state of Michigan. His hometown is Benton Harbor, a city located in the southwest region of the state. He attended Benton Harbor High School where he won Michigan’s "Hal Schram Mr. Basketball" award as a senior in 2005. After graduating from high school, he played college basketball at DePaul University in Chicago, Ill. After two years at DePaul, Chandler chose to enter the NBA draft. He was selected in the first round by the New York Knicks.
Coincidentally, Chandler and the Nuggets are just coming off of a devastating 27-point blowout loss to the Knicks. The Nuggets, whom the Knicks defeated 117-90 Friday night, were on the road playing the Knicks at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York City. Chandler finished the game with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals.
The Pistons, on the other hand, are coming into Saturday’s game after getting a victory over New York’s other NBA team, the Brooklyn Nets. Still, if the past is any indication, the Pistons will have their hands full when they face Denver. The Pistons have lost their last six matchups with the Nuggets.
Chandler will be playing alongside teammates Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried. Lawson, the starting point guard for the Nuggets, is averaging 18.1 points and 8.9 assists. He scored 24 points and had 7 assists in the lost on Friday. Faried, the team’s starting power forward, did not have his best game on Friday but is usually an athletic force capable of rebounding and being effective on the court. Chandler himself is averaging 14.2 points per game, 4.7 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game.
The Nuggets are currently at .500 and sit 10th in the Western Conference. They currently do not qualify for the playoffs.