Dallas Mavericks need Christian Wood on offense but he must provide defense
The Mavs need Wood’s scoring and shot creation on the offensive end of the floor to reach their ceiling. Ideally, he would be the team’s second-leading scorer. Jalen Brunson averaged 21.0 points per game in the playoff last season, and Wood could pick up that slack, especially if he is playing 35 a night in the postseason.
The only way coach Kidd trusts him for massive minutes is if Wood is playing at least league-average defense. The Hall of Famer point guard praised C-Wood on Oct. 11, and the 27-year-old is eager to change the narrative that he cannot contribute to a winning team. Wood just needs to lock in on the defensive end of the floor and pick up the team’s scheme. He appears motivated to do that, but will he remain that way all season?
If Christian Wood struggles on the defensive end and is limited to 25 minutes per game, the Mavericks will likely make a first-round playoff exit this season. Having C-Wood unleash his offensive game with Luka drawing the defense could result in a second straight deep playoff run for the Mavs, but Dallas won with defense last season, and they will have to do it again in 2023.
Christian Wood is the Dallas Mavericks' biggest X factor of the 2022-23 season. Luka Doncic is going to be lights out in the postseason, but the 6’10 forward will determine how far the Mavs advance this season. Does C-Wood fit in and shine in Dallas? Stay tuned to find out.