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Christian Wood
Christian Wood
Position: F
Born: 09/27/95
Height: 6-11 / 2.11
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $1,645,357
New Orleans also is, for now, without UNLV product Christian Wood as well. Vinson said management and Wood’s agent had something to work out, but wouldn’t elaborate. No Williamson and no Wood means more opportunities for other players. “They’re not just playing for the New Orleans Pelicans,” Vinson said. “There are 29 other teams here, so they’re being watched by all.”
Storyline: Christian Wood Free Agency
The Milwaukee Bucks have recalled Christian Wood from the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. In his ninth assignment of the season with the Herd, Wood averaged 33.7 points, 15.7 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 blocks per game, leading the Herd to a 3-0 record. In Sunday’s 119-115 win over the Erie BayHawks, Wood scored 40 points on 14-of-24 shooting (.583) and hauled in 20 rebounds, marking the first 40-point/20-rebound game in franchise history.
The drive along Interstate 41 from Milwaukee to Oshkosh has become familiar for Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Vin Baker. The four-time NBA All-Star and former Olympian makes the 90-minute journey north frequently — traveling with young players to their assignments with the Wisconsin Herd and back to the Milwaukee Bucks. “He’s kind of like my right-hand guy,” Milwaukee Bucks power forward Christian Wood said. “He’s been great for me. He helps me out when I mess up certain times in the games. He tells me what’s wrong and right. He’s a good guy to have on my side.”
The Milwaukee Bucks have recalled forward Christian Wood from the Wisconsin Herd of the NBA G League. Wood recorded game-highs in both points (30) and rebounds (14) in Saturday’s matchup against the Grand Rapids Drive at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh, Wis. He also shot 10-for-17 (.588) from the field, 3-of-6 from three and a perfect 7-for-7 from the free-throw line. In 11 games (all starts) with the Herd this season, Wood is averaging 28.6 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.
League sources said Thon Maker, who makes $2.8 million this season, D.J. Wilson, who makes $2.5 million, or Christian Wood, who makes $1.5 million. would be potential candidates in a Korver-Dellavedova deal. Like Dellavedova, Maker, Wilson and Wood are buried on the Bucks’ depth chart. The Bucks aren’t the only team interested in Korver’s services. Sources said Philadelphia, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles Lakers are also among the Korver suitors.
Christian Wood has NBA talent and ability without question. The question marks surrounding his game are whether or not he’s going to be as engaged as he should be. I recently spoke to one league executive who said, “He could have a long NBA career, or he could bounce around the world playing in a different country every year, it’s really up to him. Because when he’s engaged he’s one of the elite players in this league, no question.”
Christian Wood just turned 22-years-old less than two months ago. After two seasons in the NBA — rookie year with the Philadelphia 76ers and last season with the Charlotte Hornets — he finds himself on the outside looking in. He’s back in the NBA G League with the Delaware 87ers trying to prove he’s worth taking a chance on. Seven games into the season he’s averaging 22.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 2.3 blocks in 32.0 minutes a night. Wood is 6-foot-10 and weights approximately 220 pounds. He’s got a massive 7-foot-3 wingspan as well.
Charlotte Hornets General Manager Rich Cho announced today that the team has recalled forward Christian Wood from the Greensboro Swarm, the team’s NBA Development League affiliate. Wood (6-11, 220, University of Nevada-Las Vegas), is in his first year with the Hornets after signing as a free agent on July 14, 2016 after spending his rookie year with the Philadelphia 76ers.This marks Wood’s third D-League stint of the year, appearing in 18 games (16 starts) during his time with Greensboro, averaging 19.6 points, 10.1 boards and 2.6 blocks in 30.0 minutes per contest. His mark of 2.6 blocks per game (47 total) ranks second in the D-League. The 21-year-old tallied 45 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks (all career-highs) vs. the Long Island Nets on Jan. 12.
In the moment that he considers one of the worst in his life, Christian Wood folded his 6-foot-10 frame in half and put his head in his hands as he realized he was not going to be selected in the NBA draft. His manager stood to one side. His nephew stood about a foot away from his polished black shoes that stuck far out from his suit pants. His mother, Jeanette Stewart, was behind him, along with his college coach, Dave Rice. “As soon as the first round was over on draft night, I was like, ‘I don’t know what’s going on,’ ” he recalled nearly 11 months after that day. “After the 39th pick of the NBA draft, I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’m still not picked.’
As Wood’s head rested on his hands, a photographer from the Las Vegas Review Journal, captured the heartbreaking moment. Gary Parrish, a CBS columnist, tweeted out the photo the next morning. It went viral, appearing on websites — including this one — as one of the worst moments of the draft. Some mean-spirited people tweeted that Wood deserved his fate for shooting above his weight and coming out too soon and chasing the money. Parrish defended him, writing on Twitter that he would be paid to play basketball somewhere.
Wood left the party to go to a nearby casino with his sister. Stewart met them there and he told her he was sorry. “He said, ‘Mom, I’m sorry, I’m a failure.’ I said, ‘You’re not a failure. That doesn’t make you a failure because you went on undrafted,’” she said. “‘Let me tell you, God works in mysterious ways and has a plan for you. I said what you’re going to do is put your head up high. Put your head up high and wipe away those tears, because from this point you’re going to go forth in your career and you’re going to be OK.’”
His mom had wanted him to stay at UNLV for another year, at least — after that he could finish his degree or get close enough to finish online. When he told her the news, Stewart said she was “hurt” but promised to support him. “I think that it was a situation where he relied on all the information that we were able to gather,” Rice, his college coach, said. “And I think he made the best decision for him because that’s the one that he made.”
The 76ers keeping Wood is a testament to his rehabilitated work ethic. “He’s a really great person. He’s got a great heart,” Rice said. “He’s got a world of upside and he’s just starting to realize that.” Wood’s upside was evident when he pump-faked, sprinted past Kyle O’Quinn and posterized Derrick Williams back on Oct. 12. He showed more flashes on Monday, logging nine points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes in a loss to Chicago. “I have a bigger chip on my shoulder. I know what’s at stake,” Wood said.
Wood and his primary agent, Matt Ramker, agreed they weren’t open to any draft-and-stash scenario. His dream of hearing his name called live from the Barclays Center was dead. Wood drove home in solitude, the 10-minute trip feeling more like an hour. “It definitely hurt,” Wood said. He believed he could have been selected as high as No. 13 by the Suns. He didn’t expect to fall past the Grizzlies at No. 25. “Memphis told me how much they liked me,” Wood said. The drive provided an opportunity to reflect. What could have possibly gone wrong? “There was a lot of talk going around about my energy and my effort and I was a risk/reward type player,” Wood said. “A lot of NBA teams didn’t want to take the risk. Some teams thought I was lazy, some teams thought I didn’t give effort 100 percent all of the time. I think that played a big part into it. I wouldn’t say I took it for granted, but I definitely thought I could be doing the stuff I did in college in a conference with a bunch of smaller guys in the NBA, which is pretty much a whole different animal.”
Jonathan Feigen: Rockets summer team: Will Cummings (Temple), Denzel Livingston (Incarnate Word), Glen Rice Jr. and Jaron Johnson (RGV), Christian Wood (UNLV), Clint Capela, Nick Johnson, Montrezl Harrell, Sam Dekker. Rockets “still working through some details” with D’Angelo Harrison, source said. Likely can add him to list soon.