Ranking newly acquired Dallas Mavericks by immediate impact: 1. Christian Wood
Wood is the swing player for the Mavs this season. The 26-year-old went undrafted, and Dallas will be his seventh different team in his seven years in the NBA. Wood is the definition of a journeyman. He is entering the final year of his contract and will have his first opportunity to play on a winning team in his career.
The 6’10 big man averaged 19.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 1.0 block in 31.4 minutes per game during his two seasons in Houston. Wood signed to be James Harden’s new pick and roll partner, but the former MVP played just eight games with the Rockets before being traded to the Nets. It left Wood stuck on a rebuilding team with little hope of winning every night.
Can Christian Wood put up those numbers in a winning environment? Will he lock in on defense and showcase another side of his game? Wood is a career 38.0 percent 3-point shooter that should thrive playing off Luka Doncic. They could form a deadly pick-and-roll combo that strikes fear into the opposition, but only if Wood steps up his defense in Dallas.
Wood will have the opportunity to be the Dallas Mavericks' second-leading scorer next season. Spencer Dinwiddie and Tim Hardaway Jr. will look to take that title, but Wood has all the tools to make a massive impact. Will fans finally see the best version of Christian Wood this season? Stay tuned to find out.