When you live 1,020 miles away from Denver, NBA League Pass and a multitude of sports websites are the only ways to stay connected to your favorite team. Comment sections on these various websites feature many armchair GMs. The armchair GMs that suggest trading away Ty Lawson and/or Wilson Chandler for a higher draft pick make me scratch my head.
On any given night, a Nugget fan will be told that Ty Lawson is not a superstar, but with continued improvement can become an All-Star. Is that constant stream of opinion influencing fans into believing that trading Lawson to try to move up in the draft is a good idea? Nugget fans have watched Ty Lawson mature on the court and become the silent leader of the team. How does starting over with a new highly touted prospect represent forward progress?
Yes, the argument can be made that Lawson’s field goal percentage and three point percentage have ticked down each year he has been in the league but there is something to be said about the intangibles he brings to the team. Don’t believe me? Allow yourself to recall the stretch from February 10th to March 1st where the Nuggets went 1-8 without him.
Now for Wilson Chandler, he’s a man who during his 7-year NBA career has developed a reputation for being injury prone. The 2014 Nuggets will feature the return of Danilo Gallanari, who by the way has the same injury prone reputation as Chandler. Why trade away the man who is currently pencilled in to spell Gallo? Wouldn’t logic dictate waiting until we all see Gallo shake off the rust from his time off?
A common sore spot on the Nuggets is perimeter defense, and Wilson Chandler happens to be one of the team’s top defenders. Chandler shot a career worst .416 from the field last season. The expectation for Chandler to return to his career average .445 is realistic.
An option I hope Coach Shaw explores more with Chandler is playing him at the 2. With Lawson and Robinson giving the Nugs one of the smallest point guard duos in the league, a 6’8″ shooting guard that’s quick enough to stay with the smaller opposing guards reads well on paper.
I am not here to tell you that either Ty Lawson or Wilson Chandler are untradeable. I am here to tell you that for the 2014 Nuggets to challenge for the playoffs, both Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler need to be on the roster!