Good from Dallas Mavericks first 2 games: C-Wood’s offense and the bench mob
The Mavs traded a late first-round pick and four bench players to acquire Christian Wood this offseason. The 6’10 forward averaged over 19 points and nine rebounds per game during his two seasons in Houston, but he has never played on a winning NBA team. He entered the season with plenty to prove, including how his numbers would translate on a contending team.
Head coach Jason Kidd opted to bring Wood off the bench to start the season, but it may not last long with the way he is playing. C-Wood has scored 50 points in 49 minutes so far, and he is averaging 25.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, and 1.0 block in less than 25 minutes a night.
Wood takes their offense to another level. He can space the floor, post-up, operate as a roll man, and even create his own offense. His offensive talent has never been in question, but the 27-year-old has never looked better.
With Wood as the leading scorer of the bench units, Dallas has dominated thus far. They have a 122.2 offensive rating with Wood on the floor and Luka Doncic on the bench, and their net rating is 35.7. If Dallas can dominate the non-Luka minutes, they are going to be unstoppable this season, and it is a trend to watch moving forward.