Houston Rockets’ Christian Wood exceeded expectations
After playing for five different teams in his first four seasons in the NBA, Christian Wood seemed to have found a landing ground with the Houston Rockets. Wood averaged 21 points, 9.6 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.2 blocks in 2020-21, which were easily career best across the board.
Wood’s game instantly proved just how good a deal the Rockets got when they signed him to a three-year, $ 41 million contract, and raised the question of why anyone one of Wood’s caliber has spent four different seasons in the G-League.
Houston Rockets coach Stephen Silas, who coached a 21-year-old Wood with the Charlotte Hornets, explained why the aspiring Rockets star struggled to get an NBA home, while also explaining how Wood exceeded expectations of the Rockets on Sirius XM’s NBA. radio.
“He exceeded expectations a bit. I had him in Charlotte when he was a rookie, so I knew how talented he was.
When we were on the ground and he was in our fray, he was killing people. But it was the maturity, it was the attention to detail, it was the listening part that he didn’t really have and that’s kind of why he bounced back until he got to us.
So I knew what we had offensively and with his length and with his shooting ability, and his ability to roll, his ability to jump, and with his defensive ability to block shots and contain his man.
But the maturity part, it really hits me, because I remember when he was a baby, I remember when he was a rookie. So yes, it was a pleasant surprise in that part, but the game, I always knew it had play. “
Wood was one of only three players last season to average 21 points and 10 rebounds, while shooting at least 50% from the ground and over 37% on three (on a minimum of 3 long-distance attempts), the other two being Denver. Nuggets star and MVP winner Nikola Jokic and Philadelphia 76ers star and MVP finalist Joel Embiid. Additionally, Wood only became the fifth player in NBA history to display this statistic, the other two being Minnesota Timberwolves star Karl Anthony-Towns and Atlanta Hawks big man John. Collins.
If Wood is able to stay healthy, he could end up on the All-Star squad, as he almost made the cut last season. But more importantly, he matured off the pitch and discovered how to become a professional, which could do wonders for his basketball career.