Wilson Chandler Set to Make Sixers Debut Today vs Pistons
Wilson Chandler was a full participant at practice on Friday and will make his Sixers debut today vs. the Pistons, but will be limited to 10 minutes of action per coach Brett Brown.
Brown told The Sports Bash on Friday he expects Chandler to have a big role and impact when he returns.
“The physical side of our game, the toughness side of our game, the way that we want to play defense stands out first. Second, he is versatile, defensively in that he can guard some fours, and three's and at times he can chase a little bit of a two. There is a real type of spirit and physical side to how he plays."
Chandler has missed the Sixers first nine games’ after suffering a left hamstring strain back in late September.
Chandler, 31, will give the Sixers a nice veteran presence, averaged 10.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.2 triples per game in 31.7 minutes a night, as a starter in Denver.
"The first thing that comes to my mind is, he is an adult," Brown explained. "He is a veteran man."
The Sixers have struggled without Chandler in the lineup, without key guys like Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova, the Sixers are lacking a veteran off-the-bench to provide some athletic defense and scoring.
Detroit will be without starting guard Reggie Bullock, Bruce Brown will start in his place vs. the Sixers.
The Pistons beat the Sixers 133-132 in Detroit back on Oct. 24. The have started 4-3 this season and have lost three straight.