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Dallas Mavericks trade grade: Acquire Christian Wood from Rockets

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Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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Dallas Mavericks, Christian Wood / Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

What did the Dallas Mavericks get in Christian Wood?

Wood was a bit of a late-bloomer. He went undrafted in 2015 and played for four NBA teams before finally getting his first real opportunity with the Pistons in the 2019-2020 season. The 6’10 big man averaged 13.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 0.9 blocks in just 21.4 minutes per over 62 games. A strong close to that season earned Wood a three-year $41 million contract with the Rockets in 2020.

In his first season in Houston, Wood scored 21.0 points per game as he grabbed 9.4 rebounds and blocked 1.2 shots in 32.3 minutes per game. He shot 51.4 percent from the field and 37.4 percent from 3-point range. The Rockets won just 17 games, but Wood’s numbers were impressive in his first season as a full-time starter.

This season, Wood averaged 17.9 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.0 block in 30.8 minutes per game, while shooting over 50 percent from the field and 39.0 percent on his threes. The 26-year-old scored 1.2 points per possession as a roll man, which ranked in the top 33 percent of the NBA.

Some will argue Christian Wood put up empty stats on bad teams for the last three years, but the Dallas Mavericks needed a stretch big man that can rebound and protect the rim. Wood can check all those boxes if he is locked in, and the Mavs offer him his first chance at postseason basketball.

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